Multi-Level Classes

Some of you may know that I have the mother of all multi-level classes this year: 6th-12th grade, 1st-7th year Spanish. I asked parents and students for grace during the first few weeks as I figured out how to meet everyone’s needs, and they did. We are now finishing up week four, and I have a…

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First Day of School Checklist

Pull out laminated character cards to assign seats at the door. (Currently in French and Spanish–send me translations for other languages and I will add them into the file!) Photocopy name card template onto cardstock; enough for each student to have one. Have markers available for name card writing–only dark colors that can be easily…

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Syllabus for World Language courses

I have completely recreated my syllabus almost every year that I’ve been teaching. I have gone back and forth trying to balance not overwhelming students with information with setting clear expectations. Can a Syllabus contain too much information? Well, that’s an interesting question– of course, you don’t want to have a 20 page syllabus that…

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The Battle Between Digital and Print

The textbooks vs. no-textbooks debate has been a “frequent flier” topic in my favorite online world language teacher communities (MoreTPRS, FLTEACH, #langchat). Most Comprehensible Input teachers tend to lean toward “no textbooks” (myself included), although many of us use non-traditional textbooks to some extent in our classrooms. (TPRS Publishing has some great ones!) Perhaps because…

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Incentive Credit

It’s Spring Conference time! As I prepare for this “transition” conference (discussing next year’s placements with parents and students), I’m reminded of how outstanding our school district’s World Languages Department is. Our fearless leader, Janice Gullickson, has worked tirelessly to keep World Languages alive and thriving in Anchorage. We have multiple K-12 partial immersion programs…

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