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
This past weekend, I had the great pleasure of attending TCI Maine, New England, and Beyond in Lewiston, Maine. This conference is one of the longest-standing conferences that provides training for comprehension based methods: it is organized by Skip & Beth Crosby and has been described as New England’s ‘best kept secret’. Contacting Skip about … Continue reading Reading Action Chain provides comprehensible input & opportunity for critical thinking
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!
Something that I lovetty love love about the ability to connect with other teachers via Ye Grande Ole Internet is the way that ideas expand exponentially as they are kicked back and forth among us. Fan N Pick has long been one of my favorite Kagan Cooperative Learning structures, and I used it quite often … Continue reading Fan N Pick: The possibilities are endless!
Guess what?! You know how you wrote all those super comprehensible mini-stories last week in order to enter the book giveaway? Well...I've turned them into a little digital reading activity for you to share with your students. So even if you aren't one of the big winners, you still win because you can put some … Continue reading Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!
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
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
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!
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
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!