I have a friend that teaches Spanish in Colorado Springs. I won’t name her because I can’t be certain that she is not the subject of the criminal investigation that is ongoing in her town. But you know who you are, Julie. Anyway, I read about this story when a friend of that friend that…Read More
Los fidget spinners: FREE reading in Spanish and #authres activities
“Oh no you didn’t!” “Oh yes I did!” Since I know how much all of my dear teacher friends LOVE the fidget spinner trend, I figured I would help all of y’all out and create some resources in Spanish so that you can spend even MORE class time talking about them! You’re welcome, you’re welcome.…Read More
Food Unit in Spanish
Today and tomorrow (May 9-10, 2017) is the annual Teachers Pay Teachers sale, and I want to share with you some of my favorite teacher-authors so that you can stock up on materials from their stores!! While many of us sell complete units on TpT that we have created for our own classes, there is…Read More
The Janitor Story — MovieTalk and more!
Isn’t it fun when a great video pops into your newsfeed? I remember seeing The Janitor Story before, but I had forgotten the ending when one of my mom friends shared it over the weekend! Without my ‘real’ computer (my 5yo killed it with a kombucha spill) and unable to work on any ongoing projects,…Read More
New Spanish materials for a new year
Now that all teachers (all?) have at least one week of school under their belts in 2017, you are probably feeling that mixture of excitement and dread as you are still full of thrilling ideas that you hoarded over break yet all-too-aware of the months that loom ahead of you. Here are a few new things from me to…Read More
MovieTalk + TPRS® = Magic
MovieTalk has quickly become a favorite strategy for providing comprehensible input to language learners since Michele Whaley brought it to the TCI world in 2012. Developed by Dr. Ashley Hastings as the listening module for the Focal Skills ESL program, MovieTalk is an incredibly effective activity because it provides loads of comprehensible input to students. I just…Read More
Learn language with the Elimination RPG… even if you don’t yet speak any of the language!!
Note to the reader: This post talks about a popular party game that has long been called “Mafia”, although I no longer advocate for calling it by that name. Mafia is a term that refers to crime organizations that are often associated with specific countries and cultures; most notably, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Irish. In the same…Read More
10 CI Activities for when you just can’t
Do you ever just need a day? You look at your lesson plans and think, “I…just…can’t”? A few days ago, I had a day. I got some news that knocked me out emotionally, and since I was 39 1/2 weeks pregnant (now 40 weeks pregnant…come on girl!….)…I just needed a day. I’m not teaching, but I had my three…Read More
Be like Bill.
Does anyone else have a Facebook newsfeed that is completely filled with ‘Be like Bill’ graphics? I haven’t generated one for myself, but I have seen lots and lots and LOTS over the past few days. The app that creates them notices a trend in your Facebook activity and turns it into a snarky meme that ends with…Read More
Formal Lesson Plans for Spanish Classes
After I graduated high school, the my alma mater back in CNY hired a really awesome Spanish teacher to replace one of mine that retired. My younger siblings LOVED her class, and I have saved several projects that my sister completed as a student in her class to use for inspiration for my own lessons! Well, that…Read More