When your students perform a task in class, do they know how they’re doing? If you were to ask them, would they know what they did well and where they could use improvement? For many of us, giving our students feedback is a challenge both because we believe it’s time consuming (“it takes a long […]
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I absolutely love latin culture! The food, the music, the language, the people; everything about it brings me so much joy. I’ve had many people tell me that I was meant to be born as a latina! So how exactly did Spanish come into my life in the first place? I spent years in a […]
One of the my favorite parts of teaching language is not only when our students start to independently form words and sentences, but also when they stand as proponents of multicultural understanding. I like to give my students a challenge every Cinco de Mayo: for every person they run into that calls it “Mexican Independence […]
Creating a supportive and connected classroom is imperative for student success. The same idea applies for teacher success! Supported and connected teachers are more successful! That being said, for my professional growth, I try to stay connected! In fact, some of my most useful professional development experiences have been found through blogs just like […]
Have you already started your “Days til Summer” countdown? Spring fever hits some of us hard this time of year and the idea of planning anything besides a relaxing summer vacation seems impossible! Well, it may sound funny but now is a great time to look at professional development opportunities available to you this summer! […]
Are you ready to take advantage of your free summer? Travel opportunities? Showing the world to your students? Let’s go! Besides the reward of developing Spanish speakers, treat yourself to the gift of seeing them in action. Take them somewhere to use their language, see the culture and converse with the native Spanish speakers. You […]
With this week’s blogs, we have been discussing mental health and assessments. We have children in our classrooms for whom we care and support yet we have a duty to produce data driven results of student outcomes. These two ideologies sometimes seem to contradict one another. In every class that I have ever taught or […]
Clearly we need to assess our students. Evaluating their work is crucial, both for their benefit and for ours. We need to know that the methods we are using are producing the desired results. Assessing our students regularly and efficiently is key. But how much is too much? What is the most efficient way? Do […]
As testing looms and students are filled with formative, summative, and standardized exams it is important to remember that they are not simply vessels for learning but also children. Real children. They come to us with good days and bad days, hunger, exhaustion, insecurities, weaknesses and every other emotion under the sun. Surprisingly, as their […]
My “What to do With ‘I Don’t Get it’” blog series walked us through the Sombrero Time Stages of Teaching and Learning: to comprehend, to recognize, to recall, and to generate. As I was explaining each of the stages, I included “how you know students are ready to go to the next stage.” One of […]
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