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Adventures in a Spanish Classroom and the Educational World

#PersonalizedLearning: Reflections on #DigitalStations

After this years NYSAFLT I was inspired by two sessions: hyperdocs and stations. I am not in a Google school, and while I feel my highest level of the SAMR model happened with tech coach Annie Almekinder (@aalmekinder) using Gsuite,… Continue Reading →

How to Use a Word Clouds in Language Class

Last week I had the awesome opportunity to hear Martina Bex. She is an expert in CI (comprehensive input), and sort of a celebrity to us bloggers and twitter users. I learned so much in the session – but one… Continue Reading →

What would you do with a SCURVY PIRATE?!

Last weekend I presented a conference called “Hooked! Teaching Like a Pirate in the World Language Classroom”, based on Dave Burgess’ AMAZING book, Teach Like a Pirate (with permission). Are you part of the #TLAP crew? It’s all about creating… Continue Reading →

La Familia- A Personal History of Teaching the Family Unit

My Evolution of Teaching the “Family Unit” 2005: First year teaching. Family unit project: make your family tree in Spanish, talk about it to the class. One student stabs the word “padre” with his pencil so much, he rips thru… Continue Reading →

SHATTERING Book Club! Chapter 3-9

Voice and Choice! For blog reflections, Please pick 1 per 2 chapters for chapters 3-9- that’s a total of 3 blogs. Post your reflection in comments and they can be separate comments or all in one, whichever fits you best: Answer… Continue Reading →

“Authentic Names” in the World Language Class

¿Cómo te llamas? No – Really! Right before school started my colleagues Sam and Robin (@sdeckerlote) mentioned giving “Language” names was a topic in the language community. I laughed – “it’s so fun! My students love it – some beg… Continue Reading →

In my desk & Ideas for a new teacher!

New to teaching? Mentoring? Have a BFF going into the profession? These are things I have learned over the years to have STOCKED on day 1! Throat lozenges/cough drops: Bringing the teacher voice back is hard on the pipes! Band-aids for… Continue Reading →

SHATTERING THE PERFECT TEACHER MYTH Chapters 1 and 2

Voice and Choice! For blog reflections, Please pick 2-3 in total for chapters 1 and 2, you will reflect in comments and they can be separate comments or all in one, whichever fits you best: Answer a reflection question React… Continue Reading →

I’m sad.

When I have students in my middle school classroom, I love looking at them and imagining two things: What they were like as a baby in their parents’ arms, and Who they will become as adults It makes me invest… Continue Reading →

6 Tips for Starting in a New School

This is the end of my first year in a new district. It is very different from all the schools I have taught in – especially the size! My first school graduated about 50 kids a year and I WAS… Continue Reading →

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