Brain Breaks Part 10: Zip, Zap, Zoom!

Brain Breaks Part 10: Zip, Zap, Zoom!

I am lucky enough to work with a Broadway Star. The Meredith Long (Dieth) is our theatre guru/teacher/mentor/GENIUS at St. Martin's Episcopal School. She is such an incredible inspiration. She loves what she does, and she LOVES introducing ALL children to the power  and magic of the theatre. I can't imagine my life without her. I…
A Day without Internet…

A Day without Internet…

I strongly disagree with the statement "you should never rely on the internet". If your school has wifi, then I don't see ANY problem with planning to USE that internet and USE it frequently. These are the various things I use it for every second of every day (I'll blog about each of these individually…
Nicknames: Unique, Priceless, Unforgettable

Nicknames: Unique, Priceless, Unforgettable

Sooo I just read an old blog from Spanish Plans. It spoke about giving "Spanish" or "Latino" names to students in our classrooms and WHY the author doesn't do it. There were many reasons included that I hadn't even thought about. If you're interested in reading it you can find it here. I've never given students…
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Resource

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Resource

HOLA! Today I am in Shreveport, LA getting ready to present at LFLTA (Louisiana's State conference)! Can't wait! My genius colleague, Sara Broussard (who is the most generous, thoughtful and modest person I know) made this amazing FREE resource for teaching about MLK Jr.  I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Wish me luck,…
Día de Reyes Magos/New Year resource again!

Día de Reyes Magos/New Year resource again!

FELIZ Año nuevo mis amigos!!!! I took a MUCH needed break from my YouTube, Twitter, and Blog over vacation. I still managed to work the entire time but it was amazing how much more relaxed I feel. I had to reset before coming back yesterday to 6 classes/6 preps back to back! It is going…
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…