If this is your first year jumping into TCI, you have a lot of things to figure out as you anticipate the first few weeks of school. One of these is certainly Open House: what on earth are you going to tell the parents of your students?? How do you explain to them that you…Read More
TCI Training Video available online!
If you missed the live EPC Show #15 this afternoon, have no fear! You can still access the content and engage with the presenters. View the hour-long iFLT15 preview on YouTube (click here), or check out its Google Plus event page to watch the archived show and read through the during and after-show Q&A (click here).…Read More
Save 30 percent at The Comprehensible Classroom
Doesn’t it just figure. I have been waiting months for TpT to throw a site-wide sale, and I finally gave up last week and threw a sale of my own. Well…today and tomorrow (May 5 and 6), the TpT Teacher Appreciation site sale is ON! The great thing about a site-wide sale is that TeachersPayTeachers gives you an…Read More
Teaching other verb forms – a reading for Spanish 1!
I need to make an FAQ page. Here is one that came through today: …I was looking at your website and I was curious if you teach the “nosotros” or “ustedes” forms in Spanish 1. If so, is there a certain unit in which you teach it? Thanks! The answer…Read More
Comprehensify your textbook readings!
As an Alaskan, PNCFL is my ‘home’ region, but with Minneapolis just a six-hour direct flight from Anchorage, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend this year’s CSCTFL conference. Paired with a day spent observing Susan Block Johnson and an afternoon QAR session, it was the perfect way to spend this past week. I…Read More
…and even more posters!
I no longer teach traditional “thematic units” (ex: places around town, food & dining, etc.): instead, I plan my units around high frequency vocabulary and pull in other vocabulary as it naturally comes up. My students have had great success with this instructional focus, and there are a few tricks that I’ve incorporated to make sure that we…Read More
Learning through Comprehensible Input
For the first time since learning about TPRS® and Comprehensible Input, I am not teaching through CI, but learning through CI. I’ve of course participated as a student in demonstrations and coaching sessions in languages that I don’t know, but I’ve never “studied” a language for an extended period of time. (I say “studied” with quotation marks because I…Read More
Even though the first day of school is now a distant memory, I hope that this post will not go to waste! Perhaps you are about to receive a new group of students in the coming quarter, or perhaps you are already stockpiling ideas for how to do things differently next fall. Either way, I’ve a treat…Read More
Great news, teachers of Spanish 2! Everyone that has been using my curriculum and wondering when I was going to add slideshows like I have in my Spanish 1 units….that day has arrived! I just added a slideshow for my -AR preterite regular verbs unit, La muchacha y la ardilla, and I’ll be adding slideshows for…Read More
TPRS® is failing…what to do?
I received an email from a new-to-TPRS®/TCI reader this morning, and it is one that I’ve read many times in different forms: “I have been trying your curriculum maps for Spanish I & II for 3 days. Spanish I has been going okay. Spanish II has NOT. I tried the fue activity, and to my horror,…Read More