When I first ditched the textbook, Weekend Chats was one of the very first routines that I learned about and started using in class. I was introduced to it by Michele Whaley, and I remember reading about it on Ben Slavic's blog soon thereafter. I used Ben's idea of having students illustrate posters of places … Continue reading 10 ways to talk with your students about their weekend
It's May. If you're lucky, you are wrapping up your last week or two of school. If you're on the East Coast, you are staring down another month and a half of classes. Either way--the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you.are.done. Here are ten activities that you can use to carry through … Continue reading What to do when you’re done but the school year isn’t
Every year has its trends. I think the consensus for top 3 trends of last school year was bottle flipping, Harambe (RIP), and Fidget Spinners. Fun stuff 😉 On Friday night, we had our second NYVTy CI meeting. As always happens when you get a bunch of language teachers together in a room talking about … Continue reading Bottle Flipping and Trick Shots in language classes
The time between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break is one of my favorite times of the year in class--it's also one of the hardest because no one has their head in the game! But I LOVE teaching about Christmas traditions from Spanish speaking countries. I love using the commercials for the Spanish Christmas lottery (general … Continue reading How to skip Christmas in Spanish and not be a Grinch
Today and tomorrow (May 9-10, 2017) is the annual Teachers Pay Teachers sale, and I want to share with you some of my favorite teacher-authors so that you can stock up on materials from their stores!! While many of us sell complete units on TpT that we have created for our own classes, there is … Continue reading Food Unit in Spanish
MovieTalk has quickly become a favorite strategy for providing comprehensible input to language learners since Michele Whaley brought it to the TCI world in 2012. Developed by Dr. Ashley Hastings as the listening module for the Focal Skills ESL program, MovieTalk is an incredibly effective activity because it provides loads of comprehensible input to students. I just … Continue reading MovieTalk + TPRS® = Magic
In one of my sessions at iFLT yesterday, we were doing a Speed Dating activity and discussing lots of different questions from a list in pairs. My partner asked me the question, “What was your biggest TCI success last year?”, and I responded, “Oh, I’m not teaching, so I don’t have one”. She followed up … Continue reading Learn Mandarin with Mafia…even if you don’t speak any Mandarin!!
A good number of you read to the end of yesterday's post, but just to make sure I catch everyone-- Sara Chronister, a Spanish teacher that has been using my curriculum units, started a Facebook group for curriculum support and collaboration for my Spanish Levels 1 and 2. I am really excited about this group and thankful … Continue reading Curriculum support for teachers using my Levels 1-2
Do you ever just need a day? You look at your lesson plans and think, “I…just…can’t”? A few days ago, I had a day. I got some news that knocked me out emotionally, and since I was 39 1/2 weeks pregnant (now 40 weeks pregnant...come on girl!....)…I just needed a day. I’m not teaching, but I had my three … Continue reading 10 CI Activities for when you just can’t
Does anyone else have a Facebook newsfeed that is completely filled with 'Be like Bill' graphics? I haven't generated one for myself, but I have seen lots and lots and LOTS over the past few days. Here is the original "Be like Bill" post. The app that creates them notices a trend in your Facebook activity and … Continue reading Be like Bill.