Reading Action Chain provides comprehensible input & opportunity for critical thinking

This past weekend, I had the great pleasure of attending TCI Maine, New England, and Beyond in Lewiston, Maine. This conference is one of the longest-standing conferences that provides training for comprehension based methods: it is organized by Skip & Beth Crosby and has been described as New England’s ‘best kept secret’. Contacting Skip about … Continue reading Reading Action Chain provides comprehensible input & opportunity for critical thinking

Fan N Pick: The possibilities are endless!

Something that I lovetty love love about the ability to connect with other teachers via Ye Grande Ole Internet is the way that ideas expand exponentially as they are kicked back and forth among us. Fan N Pick has long been one of my favorite Kagan Cooperative Learning structures, and I used it quite often … Continue reading Fan N Pick: The possibilities are endless!

Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!

Guess what?! You know how you wrote all those super comprehensible mini-stories last week in order to enter the book giveaway? Well...I've turned them into a little digital reading activity for you to share with your students. So even if you aren't one of the big winners, you still win because you can put some … Continue reading Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!

Ideas for using word clouds as a source for comprehensible input in Spanish classes and adaptable for any language!

Word clouds as a source of comprehensible input

I originally published this as a guest post the CI Peek blog--which gives you a PEEK into language teachers' classrooms from around the world with guest posts every Tuesday! Word Clouds are everywhere. We see them in advertising, on merchandise, blog sidebar widgets, and—of course—instructional materials shared by teachers. Word clouds are a method of representing data in a … Continue reading Word clouds as a source of comprehensible input

Grudge Ball / Resentimiento

Is your class loving to hate The Unfair Game? Then they will love to hate Grudge Ball. If you've ever emailed something to me to share on the blog and thought, "Well that was a total waste!", you just haven't waited long enough 😉 Allison Robertson in Texas emailed me instructions for Grudge Ball and … Continue reading Grudge Ball / Resentimiento

The story’s done, but class isn’t over!

Whether you are on a block schedule and are always left with time after you finish asking a story or a story carries over into a second class period and leaves you with 30 minutes of time to fill, you’ve probably wondered “what activities can I do with this story NOW?” Some of my favorite … Continue reading The story’s done, but class isn’t over!

Is it possible? A board game for post-reading

I've seen a lot of posts recently by teachers that are teaching novels for their classes and feeling like it is not going well. In many ways, teaching a novel as a unit is easy: most publishing companies have provided very complete Teacher's Guides for their novels, and a teacher simply needs to use the resources … Continue reading Is it possible? A board game for post-reading