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…
OMG! IFLT!

OMG! IFLT!

How do you prepare for the BIGGEST week of your LIFE, when you don’t even know what to expect!?!?! GAH! Initially, I sent in two proposals to IFLT, hoping to have one accepted for presentation. BOTH WERE! YAY! Then about 2 months ago, I was asked if I would participate on the panel of expert…

Sprinting Dictation!

I love running dictations. This week I got to do one with my largest class here at St. Martin’s! All of my classes are small, especially compared to the 35+ I once had. One of my third grade classes has 19 children in it. I decided to try something new with the running dictation and…
The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect

I believe teachers are like dominos. Every teacher has a story of WHY they teach. Most teachers can also tell you who their most influential and memorable teacher in their school career was. For me, both of these stories are one in the same. The most influential teacher in my time as a student is…