You are a great teacher. You are learning and growing, you are connecting with your students, you are an expert in your content area, and you are a team player. You are an ideal candidate--but are you able to communicate that effectively on your résumé? You probably know that I love writing lessons, but do you know … Continue reading Hey, teacher–need help with your résumé?
I have been wrestling with the idea of making this post for the last three months, and I finally decided to go for it. It has NOTHING to do with language teaching, and I need to request a HUGE portion of grace from you as I post it. I do NOT want to take advantage … Continue reading On being a hater
I love the year-end/new year season in the blogosphere. Many of my favorite bloggers (see sidebar for a list of blogs I read regularly) publish special posts or series of posts that feature their most popular posts from the last year. It's a great time to be reminded of all those ideas that rocked your … Continue reading BEST of 2017
“I’m just going to cry for a few minutes.” I was laying in bed last night after saying one of the hardest goodbyes of this transition and feeling pretty sad. So I forewarned my husband that the tears were going to start flowing…and they did. And through my tears, I said, “It’s not that I … Continue reading Goodbye, comfortable.
I went to Walmart the other day to buy toilet paper and popsicles. It was the first time that I had been in our local Walmart in…a very long time. I grabbed the goods and joined the shortest checkout line. Two customers in front of me, my former principal was checking out. I hadn’t seen … Continue reading On finding your place in the world
The class videos are in and they.are.AMAZING! I don't even have words to describe the...umm...yeah I can't even think of a good adjective for them. 18 classes ended up submitting videos for the Paloma Blanca music video competition, and I could not be more happily horrified with the results. It took me a few days … Continue reading Paloma Blanca submissions: Watch and vote!!
Dear teacher-parent: the struggle is real. Before I had kids, all I wanted to do once I started having kids was to be a full-time, stay at home mom. After my first child was born, I continued teaching full-time, and still all I wanted to do was stay at home. I loved teaching, but I felt constant … Continue reading We need excellent language teachers in our communities AND in our schools.
This year's CSCTFL Nominee for ACTFL Teacher of the Year is Grant Boulanger. Grant is a Spanish teacher at Skyview Middle School near St. Paul, MN. He has been teaching languages in a variety of contexts since graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1997. He cofounded a bilingual, project-based arts high school, taught middle school immersion in one … Continue reading Meet Grant Boulanger, CSCTFL Nominee for ACTFL Teacher of the Year
This year’s PNCFL Nominee for ACTFL Teacher of the Year is Michele Whaley. Michele is a 30-year Russian-teaching veteran in the Anchorage School District in Alaska. She is the both the first Russian teacher and the first Alaskan teacher to take the stage as a regional finalist for ACTFL Teacher of the Year! Michele is also the reason that … Continue reading Meet Michele Whaley, PNCFL Nominee for ACTFL Teacher of the Year
This year’s SWCOLT Nominee for ACTFL Teacher of the Year is Darcy Pippins. Darcy teaches Spanish III, IV and AP Spanish Language and Culture at Norman High School in Norman, OK--the same high school from which she graduated! She has taught Spanish for 18 years in varying capacities, including Fluency Fast courses and classes at the University of Oklahoma. This is the second of … Continue reading Meet Darcy Pippins, SWCOLT Nominee for ACTFL Teacher of the Year