Announcing…the Christmas Giveaway!

Thank you to November’s winner, Kristin Duncan, for responding to my HELP! Tweet about ideas for the December giveaway. Thanks to her brilliant mind, I am very excited to announce that this month, one of my lucky readers will win a year-long subscription to http://www.textivate.com. I blogged about this awesome resource back in 2012, and…

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How-To: Use Tweets as authentic reading material

A teacher requested a how-to after using the Twitter-based reading assessment from my Las novias de mi hermano unit. For another example, see #Lomejordeméxicoes. Here you go! Step One: Go to http://www.twitter.com Step Two: If you don’t already have an account, create one by choosing a handle (username) and password. Otherwise, just sign in! Step Three:…

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Gallery Walk for language classes

A Gallery Walk is an activity that gets students moving and sparks discussion. An official Kagan Cooperative Learning structure, this activity can be adapted for many uses and fits in well with a Comprehension-based™ approach to language teaching. GALLERY WALK While ‘Gallery Walk’ can used to describe many different kinds of activities, whenever I refer to…

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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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Tissue Box Book Reports

I’ve been working on compiling some ideas for creative book reports/story re-tell props/presentations. One idea that I came across are tissue box book reports (see Joy in the Journey for an example). I also stumbled upon some awesome pictures of tissue box monsters and other fun tissue box creations, but I didn’t see anyone that…

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