Tomorrow is Friday, it's the first week back from break, and you're exhausted. What to do, what to do... "MovieTalk?" --you think-- "No, too much standing and talking." "Asking a story?" --but you dismiss it-- "Too much standing and talking and energy used in general." "Picture Talk?" --now there's an idea!-- "No, too much using … Continue reading Cataplún/Kaboom! – Small group game for language classes
My kindergartener came home from school on Friday raving about this super cool game that he had learned in P.E. (Why this was a PE lesson, I am not entirely sure.) He couldn't wait to teach all of us how to play--and all he needed was 12 cups that had holes in the bottom. I grabbed a stack … Continue reading Play Speed Cup in your language class!!
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
Rarely a day has passed since I played Mafia with narrator Ben Wang this summer in Chattanooga that I haven't thought about that game! Mafia was already my favorite pastime--not that I get to play much anymore--and for sure my favorite game to play in class, and it was just SO EXCITING to realize that I could use … Continue reading Mafia scripts for beginning classes
In one of my sessions at iFLT yesterday, we were doing a Speed Dating activity and discussing lots of different questions from a list in pairs. My partner asked me the question, “What was your biggest TCI success last year?”, and I responded, “Oh, I’m not teaching, so I don’t have one”. She followed up … Continue reading Learn Mandarin with Mafia…even if you don’t speak any Mandarin!!
Is your class loving to hate The Unfair Game? Then they will love to hate Grudge Ball. If you've ever emailed something to me to share on the blog and thought, "Well that was a total waste!", you just haven't waited long enough 😉 Allison Robertson in Texas emailed me instructions for Grudge Ball and … Continue reading Grudge Ball / Resentimiento
I can't believe that I am posting yet another game...but I am! This is the third game that I've posted within the last week, after The Event is Right game show and the Is it Possible? game board. This time, the idea comes from Julia Ullman, who has been translating my Spanish 1 units into French. She has been … Continue reading The Unfair Game
Apparently I am on a reading game kick. Like I said a few days ago, I've been reading La hija del Sastre by Carrie Toth and Carol Gaab. I am in love with this novel. (I am also in love with La Calaca Alegre...maybe I am just in love with anything that Carrie Toth writes!) THIS … Continue reading The Event is Right
I've seen a lot of posts recently by teachers that are teaching novels for their classes and feeling like it is not going well. In many ways, teaching a novel as a unit is easy: most publishing companies have provided very complete Teacher's Guides for their novels, and a teacher simply needs to use the resources … Continue reading Is it possible? A board game for post-reading
Back in the day, I turned the classic children's song "Juguemos en el bosque" into a game for my students to play and get in repetitions of clothing vocabulary. It was a great filler game and always an option for P.A.T., in addition to a planned part of the lesson for any unit that targeted high frequency structures … Continue reading Juguemos en el bosque