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!

Quiz Quiz Trade ::with Afro-latino example question set::

It's no secret that I loved my past life as a self-identified 'cooperative learning' teacher. Thanks to the Anchorage School District and my methods teacher, I attended my fair share of Kagan strategies as a pre-service teacher and newbie public school teacher. Once I learned about Comprehensible Input from Michele Whaley, Cooperative Learning Martina retired. … Continue reading Quiz Quiz Trade ::with Afro-latino example question set::

Body parts: Round Robin and Mad Libs

I am in the process of doing two things: (1) sorting through old files and finding things that I've never posted, and (2) adding featured images to old blog posts. Because of this, you're going to see a lot of automatic post notifications pop up on Facebook and Twitter--just know that only a few of them are … Continue reading Body parts: Round Robin and Mad Libs

Teaching other verb forms – a reading for Spanish 1!

I need to make an FAQ page. Here is one that came through today: ...I was looking at your website and I was curious if you teach the "nosotros" or "ustedes" forms in Spanish 1. If so, is there a certain unit in which you teach it? Thanks! The answer is, "YES, absolutely!" I don't … Continue reading Teaching other verb forms – a reading for Spanish 1!

Tener (“to have”) people search

Being a comprehensible input teacher demands that students have opportunities to produce output. Read why here. Once we understand output is not a taboo for a TCI teacher, we can start the search for fun ways to allow students to build productive confidence and competency! "People searches" are one of the fastest, easiest, and lowest-anxiety output … Continue reading Tener (“to have”) people search

Word Race Stories

Overview: Generate comprehensible input and provide opportunities for output from a traditional vocabulary-review game that is played with a partner. Download a PDF of the instructions and sample game boards for this activity here. PREPARATION: Generate a word cloud of the target vocabulary structures that you want to review (in the target language). This can … Continue reading Word Race Stories

Cada oveja con su pareja

It's a matching activity in disguise! Well, not so much in disguise as pretending to be cool. 'Cada oveja con su pareja' is the Spanish equivalent of 'Birds of a feather flock together'. I'd love to hear if there is a similar expression in other languages (post them in comments, if so!). Matching activities are … Continue reading Cada oveja con su pareja