The thing about teachers is that we can't help but teach. Nothing we learn can be kept to ourselves! We spent many years learning our content, and we are excited about it and love having the opportunity to share it with our students. Learn a parenting tip? Blab it to all the parents you know--and don't let … Continue reading Workshop for world language teacher trainers!
Stop what you are doing and READ THIS NOW! I can't believe that I haven't posted about it yet (face palm). Paulino Brenner (@paulinobrener) has put together an INCREDIBLE online conference--and it began on Sunday! From February 11-24, you can tune in for LIVE and recorded talks on the topic of language teaching and … Continue reading $17 Online Professional Development–available NOW!
I started a new thing yesterday, since I have a thing for new things. I started a collaborative story series on Instagram! Well, first I joined Instagram. Then I realized that there is a whole Instagram culture that I don't understand at all. Then my kids woke up and wanted to draw, so we grabbed … Continue reading Somos cuentos // We are stories
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd0e4brhNKx/?taken-by=comprehensibleclassroom Waaaaay back in October, I had the great pleasure of attending TCI Maine, New England, and Beyond (I'll be there this October, too--come join me!). One of the reasons that I was particularly excited about this conference was because Anne Matava was going to be presenting. Anne Matava--aka the inventor/author of Matava scripts (she has published three volumes … Continue reading There is no substitute for stories.
I am EXCITED to announce meeting #2 of our NIFTY NYVTy PLC way up north! If you are a language teacher within driving distance of Burlington, VT, we would love to have you join us on Friday, January 19 at my house! If you are interested in this or future meetings of our PLC, please … Continue reading PLC for language teachers in NY and VT!
I did something today that I HATED. I have this new business opportunity that I can’t take on at this point in my life and so I trying to find someone in my life that is interested and willing to run with it. (It’s totally unrelated to language teaching.) I scheduled a bunch of phone … Continue reading On failure
I'm guessing you've already dipped your toes in CI this year. Perhaps it was by Asking a Question or Reading a text with your students. Maybe you are waiting for me to take you by the hand and lead you down the steps into deeper waters of CI, or maybe you're already swimming on your … Continue reading Dip your toes in CI: Try a MovieTalk
Once I moved away from using the textbook as the center of my curriculum, I was free to bring in all kinds of new texts. Popular songs, novels written for language learners, picture books, short non-fiction readings prepared by me, infographics, edited stories written by my students or co-created by the class, and more. By … Continue reading How to write comprehensible texts
On a recent episode of the Tom Ferry Show, a viewer asked Tom "what makes you happy?" His response was "connecting, contributing, being with my family, and learning". As my husband (who was the one that had watched the show) was recounting to me Tom's answer, we agreed that those four things could really be … Continue reading The secret to happiness
It's a new school year and you, dear language teacher, are ready for a new YOU! You have heard about comprehensible input centered instruction, you perhaps attended a workshop or six over the summer...maybe you have even given CI instruction a go in the past! Whatever your background looks like, you have decided that 2017 … Continue reading Dip your toes in CI: Ask a question