Entries by Ruth Finsthwait

What is Cinco de Mayo?

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 […]

Who WE follow!

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 […]

Do you want to see the world? It’s as easy as 1-2-3

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 […]

Ways to Alleviate Stress in a Spanish Classroom

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 […]

What to KNOW about Assessments

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 […]

The Assessment that Matters Most

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 […]

What Your Doubt is Doing to Your Students

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 […]