Is there a magic pill for language learning?

If you're looking for the magic resource that will make your students learn Spanish, have fun, and love your class--it doesn't exist. But you know what does exist? YOU! YOU are the magic that will help your students learn Spanish. YOU are the magic that will allow your students to enjoy the journey. YOU can … Continue reading Is there a magic pill for language learning?

Need help writing a résumé for your next world language teaching job? This post includes some general tips as well as specific ideas for describing what you do in your current position.

Hey, teacher–need help with your résumé?

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?

On finding your place in the world

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

Paloma Blanca submissions: Watch and vote!!

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!!

We need excellent language teachers in our communities AND in our schools.

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.

Meet Grant Boulanger, CSCTFL Nominee for ACTFL Teacher of the Year

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

Meet Michele Whaley, PNCFL 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

Meet Darcy Pippins, SWCOLT 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