You've got a new comprehension-based curriculum, and you'd be 100% sold if it weren't for that storyasking part. You've got a script, but what the heck do you do with it? Many teachers have asked the same question before. Storyasking is an invented word meant to differentiate creating a story from telling a story. If you've … Continue reading “I don’t understand how to ask a story.”
You’ve ditched your textbook and committed to comprehension based methods of teaching. You’re looking at a blank lesson plan book and....you’re stuck. TPRS? CI? SLA? CBM? T1? T2? How will you ever fill an entire year with lesson plans when you are still trying to keep all the acronyms straight? There are SO MANY teachers … Continue reading Blast to the Past: Addressing AP Themes using Past Tense narrative
How do you grade reading comprehension? This has been a hard question for me to respond to for quite a few years now. I have felt somewhat torn about what kind of reading skills I have wanted to assess in order to fit my vision for a proficiency oriented course. Finally, I have a plan, … Continue reading How to grade reading comprehension?
As language teachers, our goal for our students is to be more proficient in the target language when they complete our course than when they began. We probably have other goals for our students (being more kind, more empathetic, more responsible, more culturally aware), but all of these objectives fit into the overarching mission of … Continue reading What is Proficiency Oriented Language Instruction?
Here is a really brief, one-page overview that SOMOS/Nous sommes teachers can share with parents of their students about what to expect from the class. Click here or on the image below to download. What key information do you think is missing? What do you think is important to share with parents?
Shakira's Octavo Día is in my iTunes Music Library and on my Música playlist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1Jfqcmteh0 Octavo Día was my favorite song from Spanish 5 with Señora Gates--the same class in which I actually had a higher grade than my superstar brother, convincing me that the Spanish language was my calling in life. Shakira was sooooooooo cool--way … Continue reading Strike a Chord: Gift card winners & music for Spanish class
If you're looking for the magic resource that will make your students learn Spanish, have fun, and love your class--it doesn't exist. But you know what does exist? YOU! YOU are the magic that will help your students learn Spanish. YOU are the magic that will allow your students to enjoy the journey. YOU can … Continue reading Is there a magic pill for language learning?
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What are you most excited about using in class this coming year?? What is your plan for helping your students to better communicate in the target language? What resources, ideas, and strategies have you learned about this summer and are dying to implement? Guess what? I’ve got a recommendation— News you can use Maris Hawkins … Continue reading News articles in Spanish from Summer 2018
Did you know that there are two different ways to make purchases through Teachers Pay Teachers? » Order through an individual account » Order through a TpT for Schools account So what's the difference? And why might it benefit you to purchase through the TpT for Schools platform? Carissa and Leanne from the TpT for … Continue reading Should I use a TpT for Schools account or an individual TpT account to purchase resources?