I first heard the idea for “Today in History”; or rather, “NOT Today in History" by reading a blog post from Justin Slocum Bailey on the Indwelling Language blog back in 2014. Click here to read the first post: and here to read the second. Recently, I have been looking for new kinds of ‘puzzles’ that … Continue reading Today in history: engage students with a simple critical thinking activity in the target language
Have you heard whisperings of March Music Madness, but aren't quite sure what it is or how to implement it? You have come to the right place! While I left the classroom before I learned about March Music Madness (MMM), I am a huge fan and will absolutely implement when I return to the classroom. This tournament-style … Continue reading March Music Madness: Advice from the experts
Last night, we had our third meeting of our local PLC (Northern NY & VT - sign up here if you live in the area and want to connect!). Our guiding question was, "Describe a recent lesson in which students were engaged?" I am really inspired by the creativity of the teachers in our group … Continue reading Where is the dog? Game for language classes
Are you new to CI and trying to find out where to begin? This #LoveTpTSale is the perfect time to get resources from me and from other teacher-authors that are going to allow you to focus your 'extracurricular' time and your energy on honing your skills in this new way of teaching. Today and tomorrow, … Continue reading 25% off my favorite things: today and tomorrow!
Stop what you are doing and READ THIS NOW! I can't believe that I haven't posted about it yet (face palm). Paulino Brenner (@paulinobrener) has put together an INCREDIBLE online conference--and it began on Sunday! From February 11-24, you can tune in for LIVE and recorded talks on the topic of language teaching and … Continue reading $17 Online Professional Development–available NOW!
What is this ^^??? I'll tell you. It is a photo of THE STARS ALIGNING. That's right--the stars have aligned: I have finally made my entire Spanish Level 1 curriculum available as a single product. In order to do this, I have moved all of my curriculum bundles to Google Drive. If you have previously purchased … Continue reading HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT from The Comprehensible Classroom
Every year has its trends. I think the consensus for top 3 trends of last school year was bottle flipping, Harambe (RIP), and Fidget Spinners. Fun stuff 😉 On Friday night, we had our second NYVTy CI meeting. As always happens when you get a bunch of language teachers together in a room talking about … Continue reading Bottle Flipping and Trick Shots in language classes
I started a new thing yesterday, since I have a thing for new things. I started a collaborative story series on Instagram! Well, first I joined Instagram. Then I realized that there is a whole Instagram culture that I don't understand at all. Then my kids woke up and wanted to draw, so we grabbed … Continue reading Somos cuentos // We are stories
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd0e4brhNKx/?taken-by=comprehensibleclassroom Waaaaay back in October, I had the great pleasure of attending TCI Maine, New England, and Beyond (I'll be there this October, too--come join me!). One of the reasons that I was particularly excited about this conference was because Anne Matava was going to be presenting. Anne Matava--aka the inventor/author of Matava scripts (she has published three volumes … Continue reading There is no substitute for stories.
I am EXCITED to announce meeting #2 of our NIFTY NYVTy PLC way up north! If you are a language teacher within driving distance of Burlington, VT, we would love to have you join us on Friday, January 19 at my house! If you are interested in this or future meetings of our PLC, please … Continue reading PLC for language teachers in NY and VT!