I first heard the idea for “Today in History”; or rather, “NOT Today in History" by reading a blog post from Justin Slocum Bailey on the Indwelling Language blog back in 2014. Click here to read the first post: and here to read the second. Recently, I have been looking for new kinds of ‘puzzles’ that … Continue reading Today in history: engage students with a simple critical thinking activity in the target language
Can you believe that I didn't realize what a glyph was until last year? I mean, I had been using them, I just didn't know what they were called. I kept seeing the word 'glyph' on Pinterest and ignoring it because it sounded like something I wouldn't like. Some kind of a really intense reading … Continue reading Glyphs to express & assess
While I encourage teachers to use the issues of EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS for free reading material (add them to a class library, let students choose to read them or not, and not complete an assignment after reading them), I realize that there are many reasons that teachers may want to or need to attach an … Continue reading Quick assignment for news articles
I recently read about the Draw 1-2-3 activity on the Latin Best Practices blog, and I am obsessed! Bob Patrick shared the idea, and I love that it is very simple and can be used to move students from comprehension to expression with no stress. Here's how you do it! Step 1: Students interpret a … Continue reading Draw 1-2-3: my new favorite reading comprehension activity!
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It's hard to believe that 2015 is almost over! I am scrambling to finish my 2015 goal of going paperless. Spoiler alert: it's not going to happen. But I am close! This evening, I stumbled across a reading that I used to extend a class discussion in the first few weeks of my Spanish 2 course--click here … Continue reading READ to extend your class discussion
Has anyone else been glued to Terry Waltz's blog lately? It is so easy for me to get on creative rabbit trails and lose the purpose of a lesson or an activity in engaging frills of fluff. As always, Terry calls us "back to the basics" of TPRS®: the skills and strategies that make comprehensible input instruction the most … Continue reading Story Tower
I can't believe that I am posting yet another game...but I am! This is the third game that I've posted within the last week, after The Event is Right game show and the Is it Possible? game board. This time, the idea comes from Julia Ullman, who has been translating my Spanish 1 units into French. She has been … Continue reading The Unfair Game
Apparently I am on a reading game kick. Like I said a few days ago, I've been reading La hija del Sastre by Carrie Toth and Carol Gaab. I am in love with this novel. (I am also in love with La Calaca Alegre...maybe I am just in love with anything that Carrie Toth writes!) THIS … Continue reading The Event is Right
I've seen a lot of posts recently by teachers that are teaching novels for their classes and feeling like it is not going well. In many ways, teaching a novel as a unit is easy: most publishing companies have provided very complete Teacher's Guides for their novels, and a teacher simply needs to use the resources … Continue reading Is it possible? A board game for post-reading