I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about what my first year students and I are doing. Today's post is instead about my second and third year students. Those students are frequently the ones who end up forgotten as I plan activities and lessons. They are my "oh, darn" last-minute idea classes … Continue reading Those Middle Years in Language Class
Have you ever been reminded of something, from a while ago, that at THAT time just passed you by - ZIP, right over your head - but now seems like a miracle... one you wish you'd known about earlier? Or rather, that you'd been in the right place, at the right moment, in the right … Continue reading Hodie in Historia
There is a lot about Social Media which brings out the worst in people, but sometimes I absolutely love learning about new ideas, activities, websites, games, on and on, from folks I only know and interact with through Social Media. Social Media can be the greatest of salons: A salon is a gathering of people under the … Continue reading Sharing is Caring
(Knock on wood...) Generally, I have few classroom management issues on a day to day basis. Most of my students want to be in my class - it was their choice - and I have learned over the last 15 years of teaching that I have to pick my battles. Some things just aren't worth … Continue reading Class Management
In an effort to keep myself organized this next year while doing new (to me) activities and lessons, as well as find a way to record class behavior and/or misbehavior without a ton of extra "things" hanging around that I need to keep track of, I've put together a notebook of resources. Here's what I'm … Continue reading Teacher Notebook
My worse fear! I am a habitual fast-talker. In every language. Even with myself, in my head. I would like to say that I've gotten better over my 15 years of teaching, but I might be lying. I think my students just humor me. Now, I'm facing a new school year of (90%, I so … Continue reading S… L… O…W!
I've been thinking a lot on how to plan for 90-minute blocks, every other day, with enough variety and activity to keep students engaged and the lesson compelling. Side note: Also need to take into account not wearing me out (as an introvert I need breaks to keep up my enthusiasm in public) In the … Continue reading Chunking a Class Block