Sub plans for challenging classes

I have seen many plans over the years that give students an opportunity to show their work ethic and social skills by completing creative tasks together. My sub plans were not like this. I spent most of my years in a middle school with large classes of 35 squirrely, defiant pre-teens and teens, and sub … Continue reading Sub plans for challenging classes

Reading activities for current events

Film, politics, sports, conservation, and activism--these are just a few of the topics that the stories from the new EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS subscription have addressed. Maris and I are passionate about finding stories that your students will connect with and that will open their eyes to the things happening in the world, near … Continue reading Reading activities for current events

REVIEW: La Casa de la Dentista Graphic Novel

If you haven’t heard by now, Wooly’s new graphic novel has made its way into the hands of a few teacher-bloggers scattered around the country. (Thinking about starting a blog? You should do it before Wooly decides to write a third graphic novel so you can get a sneak peek too ;-)). He sent them … Continue reading REVIEW: La Casa de la Dentista Graphic Novel

Revista Literal: Free e-zine for Spanish students!

A few weeks ago, I did a giveaway that required teachers to write short stories in order to enter. There were so many fun little stories that I just had to find something to do with them. And so I did. Then, Profe Vecchitto shared a hilarious story that her class created working from my Búscalo … Continue reading Revista Literal: Free e-zine for Spanish students!

#UnidosPorPuertoRico Materials for Spanish teachers

Many of us pursued a career as a Spanish teacher because at some point we became connected to a Spanish speaking culture. Maybe we were born into one, maybe we traveled, maybe we studied abroad, maybe we met a cute guy at a salsa lesson and now we're married and have a pile of salsa-dancing … Continue reading #UnidosPorPuertoRico Materials for Spanish teachers

Los héroes del terremoto – Materials for Spanish teachers

An 8.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico on September 7, leaving Oaxaca completely devastated. It was the strongest earthquake that Mexico had felt in 100 years. Just 12 days later--when relief efforts were still in their infancy and aftershocks continued to rock the area--a second earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck central Mexico. The 7.1 quake occurred … Continue reading Los héroes del terremoto – Materials for Spanish teachers

Madame Courtcaca: FREE slideshow in French!

Thanks to the quick work of Christy Miller, French students can enjoy the poop runner craze that is sweeping the nation: I decided to do something a little different with the French version than with the Spanish. Past tense verbs appear in a blue font to help students that are as of yet unfamiliar with … Continue reading Madame Courtcaca: FREE slideshow in French!

How to write comprehensible texts

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

La Correcaca de Colorado Springs: current events in Spanish!

I have a friend that teaches Spanish in Colorado Springs. I won't name her because I can't be certain that she is not the subject of the criminal investigation that is ongoing in her town. But you know who you are, Julie. Anyway, I read about this story when a friend of that friend that … Continue reading La Correcaca de Colorado Springs: current events in Spanish!