Every class of Spanish students should be exposed to a healthy blend of actually cool songs in Spanish, classic songs in Spanish, and pretend cool songs in Spanish. I use music a lot--sometimes, we do nothing more than listen to a song for fun or watch the music video. Other times, we will do a quick … Continue reading 10 songs I love for Spanish 1
What is grammar instruction? What does it do for language acquisition, and what should its role be in a language classroom? These are some of the questions that a group of enthusiastic language teachers tackled on Friday evening at OFLA with Keynote speaker, Paul Toth (read his bio here). Following Carol Gaab's address at the OFLA awards group, … Continue reading What is Grammar Instruction?
The outcome of an assessment is never entirely dependent on student competency. There are a bazillion factors that influence student performance on an exam, and truly very few of them give us information about how well the student knows the material. With regard to assessment, it is our responsibility as teachers to limit the influence of those … Continue reading Develop assessments that support student success
Today is one of my very favorite days of the year. 3/21, World Down Syndrome Day. I hope that many of my readers' lives have been touched as deeply mine has by individuals with a bonus chromosome! Today is a day to celebrate these special lives and the families that support them, and here are … Continue reading World Down Syndrome Day–for Spanish classes!
The thing about teachers is that we can't help but teach. Nothing we learn can be kept to ourselves! We spent many years learning our content, and we are excited about it and love having the opportunity to share it with our students. Learn a parenting tip? Blab it to all the parents you know--and don't let … Continue reading Workshop for world language teacher trainers!
A teacher posted in the SOMOS Curriculum Collaboration group yesterday that she just can't get with the original story script that I included with my Madre de Jasón unit plans. This was not a new sentiment--the original story was written by one of my eighth graders, and the premise was definitely weird and perhaps inappropriate … Continue reading New TPRS script for La madre de Jasón
The March 1 issue of LITERAL is finally ready for download!! We spent Thursday in the ER (me and all five kids...). Once I get off schedule with work, it's hard to get back on track! (Grading, anyone?! I'm sure you can relate!) Anyway--we had more than 50 submissions to LITERAL this month!! There are … Continue reading March 1 issue of LITERAL Spanish e-zine
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