How to find the confidence to try something that terrifies you

Many teachers long to make instructional changes in their classes, but longing only sometimes leads to action. Even after identifying the change they want to make, determining that it will be best for them and for their students, and learning how to implement it, many teachers still remain paralyzed; trapped in their old, no longer … Continue reading How to find the confidence to try something that terrifies you

How can a language teacher know whether or not their students are ready to read a novel in Level 1? What novels are appropriate for Level 1 in Spanish class?

“Is this novel REALLY Level 1?” – Which factors contribute to text complexity?

Ah, requisition season. Thousands of teachers around the country are making plans for next year and laying claim to coveted budget dollars to get the resources that they need for next year’s students. Perhaps you find yourself writing a budget proposal for the coming school year. Perhaps your deadline to submit the budget is…FRIDAY! Perhaps … Continue reading “Is this novel REALLY Level 1?” – Which factors contribute to text complexity?

SOMOS Curriculum: Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are planning to use the SOMOS 1 or 2 Spanish curriculum for the first time this fall or have been working with it for several years already, I hope that this post will answer most of the ‘big’ questions that you have as you are planning for the upcoming school year. For everything … Continue reading SOMOS Curriculum: Frequently Asked Questions

Shop to win a class set of novels and save 25% on language teaching resources!

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!

BreakoutEDU & 2016 Christmas Lottery commercial

Have you ever gone to a session at a conference and been SO EXCITED about whatever you learned that you don’t eat, don’t sleep, don’t shower, and ignore everyone that you care about until you finally get the chance to try it out? No? That’s just a Martina thing? Shoot. Well this last summer, everyone … Continue reading BreakoutEDU & 2016 Christmas Lottery commercial

How should I use novels in class?

As a teacher that has committed to teaching with comprehensible input based strategies like TPRS®, PQA, MovieTalk and Embedded Reading (to name just a few), you are probably aware of the incredible impact that reading has on language acquisition. For this reason, you have likely also determined that you would like to use novels in your courses…but … Continue reading How should I use novels in class?

25 reading activities: some that STOP the reading process, others that SLOW the reading process, and others that let you GO and keep reading! Great for language classes.

Traffic Light Activities to keep the reading process novel

When I wrote the Teacher’s Guide for Brandon Brown versus Yucatán, I included a unique during-reading activity for each chapter. I did this because when you are reading a book in one fell swoop and using it as the basis for your class activities for a chunk of several weeks (or longer), you have to … Continue reading Traffic Light Activities to keep the reading process novel

Mafia: The TCI game of all games

I cannot believe that I have never blogged about this game before. I have a tendency to exaggerate, but I really don’t think that I am exaggerating when I say that this is the MOST beneficial, MOST engaging, and MOST awesome game that a TPRS®/CI teacher can play. Don’t believe me? Haters gonna hate….but I think … Continue reading Mafia: The TCI game of all games

Sound Effects AUDITION for Read-Alouds

Katie Sevilla just sent me an email describing an awesome twist that she made to the Sound Effects Read-Aloud activity that I described in this post. Before beginning Chapter 1 of Esperanza, she had her students audition to be the student that provided each of the sound effects during the reading! I love this idea so much! She … Continue reading Sound Effects AUDITION for Read-Alouds