I woke up this morning to a notification in my Inbox of a new blog post from Cynthia Hitz--so I knew that it was going to be a good day 🙂 In this particular post, Cynthia shares her BEAUTIFUL Brain Break Balloon Bulletin Board! I love it! If I had a classroom, I would definitely … Continue reading Brain Breaks for language classes
Alright everyone, I am currently getting about five emails a day asking me to send the editable files for the character cards that I use for my first day seating assignments. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO EMAIL ME TO ACCESS THESE FILES!! They are already uploaded, free, on Teachers Pay Teachers. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD … Continue reading Character Cards for First Day Seating
I've received several emails recently asking me questions about my Fast Finisher (Extra Time) Folders. You can read all about them here, but in a nutshell they are my system for managing students who complete work very quickly. Those students know that they can choose a folder and complete the activity whenever they finish the current … Continue reading Fast Finisher Folders: FAQ
Y'all are going back to school, and I'm having a baby. The end result is the same, though, right? Less sleep, more stress, and a house that's never clean? The difference is in the preparation. I've got my hospital bag packed (wishful thinking since I still have a month to go...), but how is your back-to-school checklist looking? … Continue reading Back to school, baby!
Note: Much of my knowledge about comprehension checks has come from Betsy Paskvan, a Japanese teacher here in Anchorage, AK. Betsy has presented many times on checking for comprehension at state and national language conferences (she'll be at NTPRS this summer), and she often travels to other school districts to offer them professional development on comprehension checks … Continue reading Comprehension Checks
Carrie Toth recently shared an awesome idea for Encouraging student participation on her blog. Follow the link to check it out!
Some of you may know that I have the mother of all multi-level classes this year: 6th-12th grade, 1st-7th year Spanish. I asked parents and students for grace during the first few weeks as I figured out how to meet everyone's needs, and they did. We are now finishing up week four, and I have a … Continue reading Multi-Level Classes
When I spend time explaining my syllabus on the first day of school or at open house, I often get that deer in the headlights look: Acquisition, Storyasking, Standards Based Grading...it's a lot to take in at once! And because there is never enough time on either of those occasions to accomplish everything that I … Continue reading Syllabus Homework
We had WAY too much fun storyasking in my previously-Plan B class today!! I am amazed at the transformation that they have undergone in the last few weeks--anll it took was finding the right system! We have been using the Marble Jar, and they are totally rocking it. They hold each other accountable («¡Cállete! ¡Habla … Continue reading Soliciting [Illustrated] Responses
Ah, fourth quarter. How I despise you. I think that it is particularly frustrating in Alaska because the days are SO long now--there is still light on the horizon at 10:00pm, and it keeps increasing! Kids are out late and are zonked in the mornings and antsy in the afternoons. After a particularly frustrating day … Continue reading Classroom Management