When I first ditched the textbook, Weekend Chats was one of the very first routines that I learned about and started using in class. I was introduced to it by Michele Whaley, and I remember reading about it on Ben Slavic's blog soon thereafter. I used Ben's idea of having students illustrate posters of places … Continue reading 10 ways to talk with your students about their weekend
I am thrilled to be participating in this year's Express Fluency Language Teacher training in South Burlington, Vermont this summer, and I hope you will join me! Like iFLT, NTPRS, and Comprehensible Cascadia, Express Fluency offers this annual summer training for language teachers that are looking to learn how to help their students understand the language that … Continue reading Language teacher training in Vermont, August 2018
Ah, requisition season. Thousands of teachers around the country are making plans for next year and laying claim to coveted budget dollars to get the resources that they need for next year’s students. Perhaps you find yourself writing a budget proposal for the coming school year. Perhaps your deadline to submit the budget is...FRIDAY! Perhaps … Continue reading “Is this novel REALLY Level 1?” – Which factors contribute to text complexity?
It's May. If you're lucky, you are wrapping up your last week or two of school. If you're on the East Coast, you are staring down another month and a half of classes. Either way--the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you.are.done. Here are ten activities that you can use to carry through … Continue reading What to do when you’re done but the school year isn’t
Happy Mother's Day to all of you mamas--the smiling moms, the screaming moms, the waiting moms, the weeping moms...no matter what motherhood looks like in your life, today is for you. I have a really amazing biological mom, and I also have some equally amazing other kinds of moms in my life. And here, today, I … Continue reading Celebrate your Teacher Mom!
I recently finished up Season 2 of Stranger things (!!!!), and Dungeons & Dragons is a big part of the show. Of course, I was never allowed anywhere near the game when I was growing up, due to its dark nature, but watching the show I have been quite fascinated by it. Mostly I just … Continue reading Role Playing Games in language classes
Are you ready for the 2018-2019 school year to be your best year yet? I have some great news: you have come to the right place at the right time. There are oodles of ways to provide your students with rich, comprehensible input. For the first time ever, there are many different curriculum and no-curriculum … Continue reading SALE! Plan for next year with CONFIDENCE
With a total of 19 Tweets, Facebook tags, emails, text messages, and Facebook messages in 48 hours, I am just thrilled to know that I am the first person you think of when you hear a good poop story (thank you, Correcaca). Perhaps you saw on the news that there is a new caca-criminal in town--and this … Continue reading Another poop story for your Spanish class
What burning questions do you have about Comprehension Based Methods? What can you do NOW and over the summer to to set yourself up for success in the 2018-2019 school year? What do you need to know about the SOMOS Curriculum in order to decide if it is a good match for you? Join me … Continue reading LIVE Q&A for language teachers TONIGHT!
Reading and listening are the core components of comprehension based language classes. We know that students acquire language when they hear and read messages that they understand--so read and listen they will! Sometimes, we share short, easily digestible texts with students. Other times, we need to read a text of a significant length in order … Continue reading Best Brain Breaks