If you have decided to teach for proficiency with an emphasis on comprehension, you are probably asking the question, "Where do I start?" When you ask this question to colleagues, they will probably suggest some resources for you. "Get SOMOS!" (side note- the price increases July 1), they might say, or "Start with Special Person … Continue reading Mindset for Acquisition: Changes in instruction require changes in thinking
Energy levels are low and attention spans are short. Kids are getting antsy and you are likely on your last legs! While May may be pure torture: there is one brief moment of reprieve: TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! Whether or not your school PTA is treating you with a breakfast buffet this week, The Comprehensible Classroom … Continue reading Teacher Appreciation Sale! Up to 25% off ALL THE THINGS!
For the last three years, Spanish students have been able to follow the top stories from the Spanish-speaking world in El mundo en tus manos. Each week, Maris Hawkins and I identify important and interesting current events and write up comprehensible summaries so that beginning language learners can understand. As we prepare for the 2019-2020 … Continue reading Introducing…EMETM 2019-2020!
In the past weeks I have been flooded with questions from teachers looking for practical help in the area of classroom management. It's no surprise, really, because winter is hard. Sunlight is fleeting and it has been very, very cold. As fate would have it, one of the people whose advice I respect the most … Continue reading Classroom Management for CI Classrooms – GUEST POST!
You know who I followed in 2018, you've checked out my recommended blog posts...now, it's time for #MyFives Day 3: Ways I learned in 2018. Remember to share your #MyFives Ways you learned in 2018 on whatever platform you use to connect with teachers (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.). Follow #MyFives #langchat to round out the … Continue reading #MyFives: 5 Ways I learned in 2018
I'm back to teaching...not in a classroom, and not with adolescents. And not with 35 students. Buuuuuut.... For the first time in five years, I have students that I get to call my very own <3 <3 My friend Adriana over at Vermont Commons posted that one of the parents at their school was looking … Continue reading I’ve got a new Spanish class!
You want to become a more effective, more skillful, more confident language teacher--and you need training. On Demand Professional Development This year, I will be joining with more than 25 other teachers and trainers to bring you an on-demand conference. Comprehensible Online 2019 is a TWO MONTH LONG CONFERENCE. From March 1 to April 30, … Continue reading Online training opportunity for comprehension based teaching
Whether you call them Stations or Centers, you probably love them—and so do your students. Stations give you a laissez-faire teaching day and provide lots of movement and small group interaction for students. Stations do not, however, come without challenges. Stations often take quite a bit of prep work. For the proficiency oriented, comprehension based … Continue reading 20+ stations for proficiency oriented language classes
I have seen many plans over the years that give students an opportunity to show their work ethic and social skills by completing creative tasks together. My sub plans were not like this. I spent most of my years in a middle school with large classes of 35 squirrely, defiant pre-teens and teens, and sub … Continue reading Sub plans for challenging classes
Film, politics, sports, conservation, and activism--these are just a few of the topics that the stories from the new EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS subscription have addressed. Maris and I are passionate about finding stories that your students will connect with and that will open their eyes to the things happening in the world, near … Continue reading Reading activities for current events