This is the long-awaited story script for Unit #14 of my curriculum map! I finally finished the project I was working on and had time to type up the script! Lesson plans to follow...sometime. Click here to download 7-day lesson plans to use the target structures from this story to teach your students about Los … Continue reading El niño desobediente Story Script
A good teacher is always looking for ways to vary his or her assessments. Administering varied assessment types allows for differences in student strengths and weaknesses and provides novelty. Novelty is important because it makes the assessment feel less like an exam and more like an activity, which reduces anxiety and lowers the affective filter, … Continue reading What did I say?
I used this activity for the first time as an icebreaker at our MOPS group, and it was so fun! I love using it in class, because it is a great way to give everyone an opportunity to speak without eliminating teacher-guided discussion. So here's what you do: Decide how many groups you want to … Continue reading Collective Interview
Last year, I made reference to a Pingu clip that I MovieTalked as an anticipatory set for Chapter 2 of El Nuevo Houdini, but I never posted the clip! Silly me! Thanks, Nancy, for reminding me to put it out there! The episode is about what happens at home when Pingu's parents go out for … Continue reading El Nuevo Houdini, Chapters 1&2
This is coming from the lady that just presented at ACTFL on the importance of #authres and how to use them in novice language classes. Kind of a contradiction. #authres are important, but they are not everything. I was able to eek out two or three tweets on Saturday morning before taking off for errands, … Continue reading #authres are overrated
Free Writing is common component in TPRS®/CI classrooms. Many teachers do weekly, timed free writes; others are less consistent, but you will be hard pressed to find a trained TPRS®/CI teacher that doesn't use them at all. As with anything, though, we like to keep our students guessing, don't we?! More than that--we need to keep them … Continue reading I’ve Got a New Way to Write!
Here is a great short film to use for a MovieTalk during your first week of school! I am going to use it at the end of my 'dice' (s/he says) unit. For more information on MovieTalk, click here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMJXvsCLu6s Here is the script that I'll use (more or less) to MovieTalk it! Hay dos … Continue reading Wildebeest MovieTalk
Here are the lesson plans that I use for the first four days of school in Spanish 1. Click here to download a free PDF of this post and all the resources it mentions. DAY ONE At a table by the door, or at the front of the room, have copies of these papers: course … Continue reading Lesson plans for ‘Dice’ unit
I start every school year with this song. It's not the best way to acquire language, so I understand spending all of your time at the beginning of the year doing PQA and Circling with Balls and Three Ring Circuses and what-not. In my experience, though, it is such FUN to start off with a … Continue reading Los pollitos dicen
My hubster surprised me with an early birthday date today. He recruited my sister to watch the boys and whisked me off on what was supposed to be the only sunny day this week (key word: supposed) on a drive south. As we wound along the 16 mile dead-end road back from Hope, Matt helped … Continue reading ‘Says’ slides