Classroom Management: Part 2 Inflection is LIFE

Classroom Management: Part 2 Inflection is LIFE

The title says it all. The greatest tool I have in my "management box" is my VOICE. Google's definition of inflection is: "the modulation of intonation or pitch in the voice." Some of my favorite comments from the students in my learning lab class at iFLT when asked about why they enjoyed learning with CI were,…
Shortcuts! Make your teacher-life easier!

Shortcuts! Make your teacher-life easier!

I was speaking to a friend about some of these "systems" I have developed for saving time and headaches, and she told me most of the ideas were completely new to her and that I should write a blog about them! SO, here we are! Last year, in the Lower School at St. Martin's, I…
Here’s to our HEROES behind the scenes

Here’s to our HEROES behind the scenes

So I don't know about you, but I can tell you, that at the beginning of each school year, my success depends HEAVILY on the people around me.... So this blog is just a quick thank you to those AROUND me, keeping me sane, every single day...(make sure you thank your heroes) I could write…
Do you do Formative Assessments? PSHHH! DUH! Every 2-3 minutes!!

Do you do Formative Assessments? PSHHH! DUH! Every 2-3 minutes!!

It always makes me chuckle when non-language teachers talk about where they try to fit in "formative assessments" in their classrooms. When you really get the hang of teaching with Comprehensible Input, formative assessment is done every 2-3 minutes in your classroom. This year, for our professional development at the start of the year (groan! UGH!)…
Brain Breaks Part 1: Music makes me MOVE!

Brain Breaks Part 1: Music makes me MOVE!

I could write one million blog posts on brain breaks, so it will have to be written in parts just like my classroom management blog. This was the other thing that people have asked me a lot of questions about after their observations of my classroom at IFLT. I do brain breaks frequently. Really, really…
Classroom Management: Part 1

Classroom Management: Part 1

Several years ago, when I was learning how to navigate this crazy methodology, I attended a workshop in Denver taught by Carol Gaab. I don't remember everything she covered, because she did SO much, but the BEST thing I took away from her was 3 words that she repeated what felt like 7.2 billion times…