Universal Screener: Writing

OVERVIEW: In the RTI (Response to Instruction/Intervention) framework, there are five categories of assessments: outcome measures, universal screeners, progress monitoring assessments, diagnostic assessments, and informal assessments. Each kind of assessment plays an important role in determining each student’s abilities, strengths, and weaknesses in whatever content they are meant to assess. At the middle school that … Continue reading Universal Screener: Writing

El día terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso

This activity has several inspirations: Sarah Camblin, the French teacher at my school--her students are using this format to write about the frequency with which they do different activities in each season. Michele/Jenny and the story about waking up on the wrong side of the bed. The book "Alexander y el día terrible, horrible, espantoso, … Continue reading El día terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso

Writing Workshop

Being out of the classroom has given me fresh eyes. I've been looking at my students' informal writing over the past few days and have noticed some pretty atrocious error patterns. Time for a writing workshop! Certainly not an innovative activity, but this was needed. I typed up five sentences (in English) to describe what happened … Continue reading Writing Workshop

Grammar Targets for Spanish I

Finding a maternity substitute was, for me, not unlike any classic tale of unrequited love. I was "enamored" by several of my options, only to find them uninterested, unavailable, or snatched out from under me by dazzling offers of full-time positions (Emily!). I began to think that there was no other option but to turn … Continue reading Grammar Targets for Spanish I