Let it SNOW! Let it GO!

Let it SNOW! Let it GO!

Sometimes you have plans to teach all about el Tió de Nadal  and introduce the class' official Tió on the 8th of December... Just like they're doing in Cataluña. Then, once every blue moon, it snows in southern Louisiana. When that happens you throw all plans to the wind and you Let it Go. So much…
¡MATAMOSCAS!

¡MATAMOSCAS!

Every time I talk about WHY I teach the way I teach I mention that I struggled (and failed) Spanish all through my school career. One of the few things I remember really enjoying from my classes was the game ¡MATAMOSCAS! (fly swatter). We play it as a fiesta game or as a game when…
Simplifying my December!

Simplifying my December!

I thought I would share a few of the ways I take ONE video or ONE song and make it "fit" into the various levels that I teach. In my last blog, I talked about how overwhelmed I have been feeling and how for December I planned to use Dustin Williamson's brilliant unit for Navidad…
The TRUTH Comes Out! The ILLUSION of Perfection….

The TRUTH Comes Out! The ILLUSION of Perfection….

I recently posted this meme on my Facebook and was hit with countless comments and messages from people telling me they were "relieved" to hear that I had bad days too.... I realized that I have never written a blog that spoke transparently about my teaching reality.... I am always honest with you all. I…
My Wiggly Word Walls!

My Wiggly Word Walls!

I am absolutely obsessed with my word walls this year! Last year I didn't really have them at all. I was so frustrated with trying to figure out how to change or hide my word walls based on the various levels I was teaching. The biggest problem I had was my higher levels I found…
BRAIN BREAKS PD for ALL Content Areas

BRAIN BREAKS PD for ALL Content Areas

I recently made a comment on the iFLT page that I did a mini Brain Breaks presentation for my faculty and staff at school as part of a Professional Development Day. It was hugely successful. I had to adapt and shorten what I normally do at conferences to make it not so language specific. There…
La Loca reviews La Dentista

La Loca reviews La Dentista

O.D.M. (That is what I say for OMG in Spanish!) Sooooo I was SO fortunate to be one of the people Señor Wooly sent a preview of "La Dentista" to. My life has been so insane, the first minute I had to sit down and enjoy it was on a plane to visit a friend…
Day of the Dead Chapel and Classes

Day of the Dead Chapel and Classes

Day of the Dead was very special this year. I had so many resources at my disposal.  Every class was different and I had all of my resources open in case a class "steered" itself in one direction or another. I wanted to make sure I had a place to "reflect" on the day and…
YAYYYY! No more ¿cómo se dice?

YAYYYY! No more ¿cómo se dice?

I am finally to my favorite part of the year! We have removed the phrase "¿cómo se dice??" (how do you say?) from ALL of my classes! In my opinion, the most valuable skill I teach my students, is that of circumlocution. It is my favorite word. ALL of my students know the word in…
Magic in Maine (TCI Maine 2017) Day 2

Magic in Maine (TCI Maine 2017) Day 2

First of all, look how cute this video turned out that I made for my kid's sub plan on Friday... It's not too often teachers offer to help each other write sub plans.... Amy, Carol, Omar, and John are good sports. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfaK_38UPoU I finally got to see Carol's session in Hebrew. I found myself squealing…