My journey to ACTFL began today with a road trip to drop off my kids with their grandparents—how about you?? Are you already in NOLA or flying in tomorrow? For me, ACTFL is just as much about personal connections as it is about professional learning. It is an opportunity for me to meet mentors that … Continue reading Find me at #ACTFL18
If you're a Spanish teacher, you have likely been thinking about how to share El Día de los muertos with your students since last November...or at least since your first viewing of Coco! TEACH CULTURE AND SPANISH When I began practicing the art of making input comprehensible, I realized that celebrations like this are gold mines … Continue reading Día de Muertos GIVEAWAY
You’ve ditched your textbook and committed to comprehension based methods of teaching. You’re looking at a blank lesson plan book and....you’re stuck. TPRS? CI? SLA? CBM? T1? T2? How will you ever fill an entire year with lesson plans when you are still trying to keep all the acronyms straight? There are SO MANY teachers … Continue reading Blast to the Past: Addressing AP Themes using Past Tense narrative
Guess what?! You know how you wrote all those super comprehensible mini-stories last week in order to enter the book giveaway? Well...I've turned them into a little digital reading activity for you to share with your students. So even if you aren't one of the big winners, you still win because you can put some … Continue reading Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!
Can you believe that it is already time to think about going back to school this fall? Part of the back to school stress is due to having SO. MUCH. TO. THINK. ABOUT. Whether you spent your summer at conferences or took the entire summer off to just rest and enjoy your family, reality is … Continue reading Shop to win a class set of novels and save 25% on language teaching resources!
The class videos are in and they.are.AMAZING! I don't even have words to describe the...umm...yeah I can't even think of a good adjective for them. 18 classes ended up submitting videos for the Paloma Blanca music video competition, and I could not be more happily horrified with the results. It took me a few days … Continue reading Paloma Blanca submissions: Watch and vote!!
After four decades of research in the area of second language acquisition, it is clear that language is acquired not from practice (drills), but from consistent and constant exposure to input. Input is indispensable to language acquisition--meaning that language cannot be acquired without it. This idea of the indispensability of input was largely absent from my language … Continue reading Giveaway: Books from Teacher’s Discovery
Last week, I happened to look up the music video for the song "Enamórate" by DVicio. I like the song okay, but the music video leaves much to be desired. I shared my thoughts about it on Facebook. The next day, Jody Noble seriously one-upped me. She shared this music video and tagged me in the … Continue reading Paloma blanca – free song activity in Spanish (and a chance to win!)
Guys! Almost 500 people took the pledge to uphold copyright law and to hold their colleagues to the same standard. 2 people pledged to break copyright, but I have a feeling that their responses were mis-clicks and not purposeful...especially since both are readers that I know through the SOMOS Curriculum Collaboration group and don't appear to … Continue reading $150 in novels or supplies for…???
Ugh, Martina, seriously, enough with the blog post titles written in third person!! So annoying! Almost as annoying as WASTING MY LIFE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO TAKE DOWN MY COPYRIGHTED DOCUMENTS FROM PUBLIC WEBSITES!! Thanks to all of my super sleuth friends that have been sending me more....and more...and more...and more...links to my … Continue reading Martina Bex is getting even!!!!