Sub Plans for French Classes

The good thing about my daughter holding off on her arrival is that it has given our family time to get healthy. But, okay, I'm at 40 weeks and the coughs and runny noses are gone so...come on, little lady! If you teach French and, like me, have found yourself stricken with a mid-winter illness, I have … Continue reading Sub Plans for French Classes

Easy sub plans to begin a unit

Shanna Hellerich, a Spanish teacher using the ¡Búscalo! story this fall, sent me this email: "I just wanted to share with you an extension activity I made to go along with the beginning of the Buscalo unit you created.  I needed sub plans for class and didn't want to delay the vocab in the unit, so … Continue reading Easy sub plans to begin a unit

Planning for unplanned absences

Ah, emergency sub plans! A beginning-of-the-year requirement that makes most teachers want to call in sick. Well, not really because that would require using the emergency sub plans that you worked so hard to put together. Seriously, though, planning for unplanned absences (creating emergency sub plans) is not easy! You don't know when you will … Continue reading Planning for unplanned absences

“Go fish!” to review a story

Instead of playing with a deck of cards, play this familiar children’s game with scenes from a film or story as an opportunity to practice output in language classes. For more on the role of output in Comprehensible Input classes, please read this post. INSTRUCTIONS: Prepare students for this output activity by pre-loading them with … Continue reading “Go fish!” to review a story

My Cup Runneth Over

Using stories as a core component of my instruction has given me an endless supply of student-generated content that I can use to create future lesson plans. Here are some ways that my students generate content: The class co-creates a TPRS story Students write quick stories for bellwork using a set of vocabulary Students do … Continue reading My Cup Runneth Over