The POWER of Positivity! From the mouths of babes….

The POWER of Positivity! From the mouths of babes….

Paul Kirschling is one of my incredible mentors, and inspirations in the teaching world. This year, he was honored as the Colorado Foreign Language Teacher of the Year. I had the opportunity to sit in on one of his presentations at CCFLT in February. It was called "Managing the Classroom with a Positive Environment in…
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…
LOTS of Class Videos!!!! YAYYY!

LOTS of Class Videos!!!! YAYYY!

This isn't a full-blown blog but I wanted to link to some videos that I have been posting! :) I love that it is a real window into my classroom! Management, brain breaks, brain bursts, EVERYTHING! I have been having SO much fun with my 5th period. It is made up of 10 students who…
¡No seas quejón! The power of the white lie ;)

¡No seas quejón! The power of the white lie ;)

Seriously though.... ¡No seas quejón!  means don't be a whiner.... I can't stand whining and bickering in class. I truly believe it damages the amazing classroom culture and community I work so hard to build. I have developed tiny little ways to curb the whining over my years teaching elementary, middle, and high school. I…
Classroom Management Part 1.2: Fiestas

Classroom Management Part 1.2: Fiestas

One of my most read blogs was my post on my  Classroom Management point system.  I constantly get tons of GREAT feedback from teachers who decide to experiment and use arbitrary points to motivate their students and create an incredible classroom culture and community. I wanted to give everyone ideas for the many different "fiestas"…