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 have a message! It is 11:52pm and I just finished writing it! It is a super special message because it is IN FRENCH and I WROTE IT ALL BY MYSELF! Right now! I just wrote it! Me! In French! It surely has lots of little mistakes but I am confident that you will be … Continue reading I CAN SPEAK FRENCH ::and your students can too::
COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT IS SO FREAKING COOL! So far, French is the only language that I have set out to learn through input. It's an...ongoing...project that I leave and come back to once every few months as time permits. I've read novels from Fluency Matters and listened to the audio versions, read news article summaries in … Continue reading Les petites amies de mon frère: Story Script
Isn't it fun when a great video pops into your newsfeed? I remember seeing The Janitor Story before, but I had forgotten the ending when one of my mom friends shared it over the weekend! Without my 'real' computer (my 5yo killed it with a kombucha spill) and unable to work on any ongoing projects, … Continue reading The Janitor Story — MovieTalk and more!
It's no secret that I loved my past life as a self-identified 'cooperative learning' teacher. Thanks to the Anchorage School District and my methods teacher, I attended my fair share of Kagan strategies as a pre-service teacher and newbie public school teacher. Once I learned about Comprehensible Input from Michele Whaley, Cooperative Learning Martina retired. … Continue reading Quiz Quiz Trade ::with Afro-latino example question set::
Now that all teachers (all?) have at least one week of school under their belts in 2017, you are probably feeling that mixture of excitement and dread as you are still full of thrilling ideas that you hoarded over break yet all-too-aware of the months that loom ahead of you. Here are a few new things from me to … Continue reading New Spanish materials for a new year
French teachers, today is your lucky day! I've got some free stuff for you! Last fall, I wrote and shared 15 simple story scripts in Spanish for teachers to get started playing Ben Wang's simplified version of Mafia. Yesterday, French teacher Lois Dalton emailed me to let me know that she had stayed up until midnight … Continue reading Mafia scripts en français !
Ugh, Martina, seriously, enough with the blog post titles written in third person!! So annoying! Almost as annoying as WASTING MY LIFE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO TAKE DOWN MY COPYRIGHTED DOCUMENTS FROM PUBLIC WEBSITES!! Thanks to all of my super sleuth friends that have been sending me more....and more...and more...and more...links to my … Continue reading Martina Bex is getting even!!!!
Hi guys. Martina here. I am writing this post because I AM REALLY MAD! I have about 2 hours of time that I can squeak out of my days (meaning, my days and nights...2 out of every 24 hours...) to work on the computer. Would you like to know how I spent that time today? … Continue reading Martina Bex is really mad!!!
You probably have a list a mile long of new things that you want to try this semester. Is BreakoutEDU on your list? Whether Santa brought you breakout box supplies or you are still waiting in queue for your official BreakoutEDU box to arrive...or whether you are just hearing about this for the first time...I … Continue reading Breakout activity in Spanish for BreakoutEDU newbies