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?
What is grammar instruction? What does it do for language acquisition, and what should its role be in a language classroom? These are some of the questions that a group of enthusiastic language teachers tackled on Friday evening at OFLA with Keynote speaker, Paul Toth (read his bio here). Following Carol Gaab's address at the OFLA awards group, … Continue reading What is Grammar Instruction?
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