Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to attend a three-day training by TPRS Books in St. Louis. I wanted to take a second to share some of my biggest takeaways from the conference: CI/TPRS is ... Read More about TPRS Conference Takeaways
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Have you heard? The 2018 Resource Libraries are posted! Secondary Resource Library If you are looking for fresh new ideas, then be sure to check out the Secondary Spanish Back to School Resource ... Read More about Back to School: Spanish Class Resource Libraries
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Important Disclaimer: I am Not Crafty. I am Not Artsy. I am the person who posts Pinterest fails next to a neat little paint by numbers YouTube video, or cutesy themed recipe. So, if you're looking ... Read More about DIY Decor – Skip the Dollar Spot & Save Some $
Your teacher works super hard to help you (or your student) learn! You've got to tell them thank you and let them feel your appreciation! Here's the thing though - teachers LOVE getting gifts we ... Read More about 10 Practical Gifts Your Teacher Will Love
Routines are a great way to start class! They help you plan and they help students know what to expect every day. You don't have to do the exact same thing every time, but having the structure in ... Read More about Routines for Spanish Class
Stations are one of my favorite things to do in class, and I try to incorporate them at least once every other chapter. They’re a great tool to use, keep students moving, and provide a lot of ... Read More about Stations in Spanish Class
A little over a month ago I posted about our CI journey that got kicked off with a conference hosted by Allison Wienhold from Mis Clases Locas. Quick recap: Our department is in the process of ... Read More about The Comprehensible Input Journey, cont.
I heard about GimKit in several places before (finally!) investigating, but Maris Hawkins was the true champion in introducing this website to me. In fact, here is her post on GimKit because ... Read More about GimKit – You HAVE to check it out!
Okay, admit it. Have you clicked down to street view in Google Maps, and then accidentally found yourself 20 minutes later strolling down the street where you once walked in a city you stopped in, ... Read More about GeoGuessr – Let’s Explore the World!
I’ve heard about running dictation from a few different places, but Keith Toda's post here is where I ran into it first! Basically, running dictation is a way to do a dictation that incorporates ... Read More about Running Dictation – Tips for (and from!) a Newbie
Edpuzzle is a website that allows you to insert questions to videos you link or upload. It is one of my favorite practice or assessment tools. You can use a video you find on the internet, or you can ... Read More about Edpuzzle Ideas in World Language
Have you ever been to a conference that just totally rocks your teaching methods and everything you've done so far in your teaching career? I attended a TPRS Training that did just that! It really ... Read More about Comprehensible Input Journey: Crazy Conference Capers
Do your students love Quizlet Live as much as mine do? We're totally obsessed. I was getting a little worried my students would get sick of it, but then I discovered this post on Quizlet Live ... Read More about Quizlet Live Variations in Spanish Class
Retakes can seem overwhelming at first, but with the right system in place, it gets easier to handle! My goal as a Spanish teacher is to help my students become proficient. In my first years of ... Read More about Retakes: How to Create a System that Works!
February is almost over, and the world is starting to turn green for March. Because it's spring? Not quite.. more like because St. Patrick's Day is around the corner! St. Patrick's Day is a fun ... Read More about St. Patrick’s Day in Spanish Class – Ideas and Activities
Feeling like you're stuck in a rut with your writing activities? This fun combo makes for great practices with lots of laughter! Our Spanish Is are currently in the chapter where they work on ... Read More about Writing Activities: Spin a Sentence + Telephone Pictionary
Using Google Maps in Spanish class is a great way to combine learning about culture, and geography all at once! Sometimes when I’m teaching, I become completely flabbergasted when a student raises ... Read More about Google Maps in Spanish Class Combine Culture & Geography
Welcome to flu season. Ugh. Hopefully your house has missed the bug - mine did NOT. My husband came down with it last week and I was out for THREE days this week. I'm pretty sure I would not have ... Read More about Sub Plans: Input While You’re Out of the Classroom
Sometimes we need something simple, low-prep, and easy to use! This activity is something you can do with any reading, and you don't even have to make copies - it's that simple! What you ... Read More about Read and Draw
Hola a todo@s! I hope you're enjoying your winter break as much as I am! Hopefully you're not beginning to feel the sneaky anxiety of Sunday night back to school feelings just yet, but if you are, I ... Read More about Plans for Your First Day Back from Winter Break
¡Mi Lápiz! is a review game known by many names. Some people simply call it, “The Dice Game”, others call it “¡Seis!”, or “Surrender in Seis”. I realized that what my students tended to say most when ... Read More about Low-Prep Review Game: ¡Mi Lápiz!
I LOVE using the game Head's Up. And Catch Phrase. Really, any game like those in my classroom. I bet you do too - they're great for teaching circumlocution skills. Unfortunately, sometimes my ... Read More about Circumlocution Game: Scaffolding “Head’s Up” with Quizlet
Weekend chat is a consistent routine in my classroom. Every Monday, I like to spend some time with my students talking about their weekends and what we did without Spanish class all weekend. I have a ... Read More about 7 Ways to Weekend Chat