What to do when no one raises their hand....
Today, we played games at the end of each of my classes. Games that had nothing to do with what we were studying. Games that didn't challenge my students at all. Games that were in Spanish, but games that didn't help them learn anything new. And you know what? It was fun. Right now, I'm asking … Continue reading Gotta Play Games
We all have those classes that just won't stop talking...and we all have those classes that just won't start talking! Such is the case with one of my second-year classes (level 1B). It's a great group of kids, and they are very good students, but getting them to participate in discussions or speak up in general is worse than … Continue reading Get them talking!
This is a fantastic video from Frontline about how a student's middle school experience--even in sixth grade--can predict whether or not that child will drop out of high school: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/education/dropout-nation/middle-school-moment/ The video states that if a sixth-grade student in a high-poverty school is present less than 80 percent of the time, fails math or English, … Continue reading High School Dropouts and Middle School
Today, I had to switch to Plan B. Plan A is personalized questions and storytelling in order to facilitate language acquisition, but sometimes Plan A just doesn't work. This seems to be the case with my class of third-year students that I see immediately after lunch. The time slot is problematic every year, and this … Continue reading Plan B
Yesterday, Michele posted the most wonderful idea ever!! Please take the time to check it out 🙂 Birthday cards.
WL teachers are always looking for new strategies to keep kids in the target language, especially when you let them loose for communicative activities. My go-to strategy is to make sure that all students have a piece of paper in their hands (even if the activity doesn't have a form or worksheet, have them hold … Continue reading Hole Punch
Just checked out my class rosters, and in addition to my three classes of returning students, I have 72 new faces that will walk through my door next Wednesday. I posted this in my first day lesson plans, but I want to make sure you all catch it because it has helped me immensely!! Have … Continue reading Learn their names!!
I learned this strategy from my mentor teacher, Nina Bonito-Romine. Activity and Purpose I have 49 colored, laminated file folders that have worksheets glued inside with answer keys on the back for students to work on if they finish any given classwork assignment early. This is so that they always have something to work on … Continue reading Fast Finisher System
My high school Spanish teacher called the daily bellwork/entry task for her classes "La Campanada" (the ring of the bell), and I like the way it sounds, so I use it as well. The Campanada is a key component of my lesson plans because it helps with classroom management (students have a task to complete … Continue reading La Campanada