There is no substitute for stories.

View this post on Instagram Stories have the power to inspire, to delight, to teach, to challenge. We need stories! Our students need stories. Find ways to bring new stories and new forms of storytelling into your classes!! #spanishteachers #spanishtribe #foreignlanguage A post shared by Martina Bex (@comprehensibleclassroom) on Jan 11, 2018 at 10:57am PST…

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On failure

I did something today that I HATED. I have this new business opportunity that I can’t take on at this point in my life and so I trying to find someone in my life that is interested and willing to run with it. (It’s totally unrelated to language teaching.) I scheduled a bunch of phone…

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How to write comprehensible texts

Once I moved away from using the textbook as the center of my curriculum, I was free to bring in all kinds of new texts. Popular songs, novels written for language learners, picture books, short non-fiction readings prepared by me, infographics, edited stories written by my students or co-created by the class, and more. By…

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The secret to happiness

On a recent episode of the Tom Ferry Show, a viewer asked Tom “what makes you happy?” His response was “connecting, contributing, being with my family, and learning”. As my husband (who was the one that had watched the show) was recounting to me Tom’s answer, we agreed that those four things could really be…

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