Loup Garou: The New and IMPROVED Mafia!

Loup Garou: The New and IMPROVED Mafia!

IF YOU PLAY MAFIA, READ THIS BLOG!!!!! This January, at LFLTA, our state foreign language conference, I learned about a game that changed the rest of my year with my students. This is a good friend of mine, Cat, who is a second year teacher and is already AMAZINGGGGG, she also loves Selfie Brain Breaks…
ANOTHER Easter Activity! 20 Questions!

ANOTHER Easter Activity! 20 Questions!

This week is the week before Spring break for us.... Sooooo yes, it is INSANE.... I really wanted to have some fun "different" activities for us to do. I didn't want to break into "fiestas" or "movie days" because I find that management is even MORE challenging when they aren't in their regular routines. I…
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…
¡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…
Backwards Charades

Backwards Charades

I texted Mary Overton this morning because I can't remember who I learned Backwards Charades from. I know it was while I was teaching at Skinner Middle School in Denver, and it may have been Mary who taught me or maybe she learned it from someone else! Regardless, it is a wicked awesome game! Last…
Brain Breaks Part 4: Hand jives

Brain Breaks Part 4: Hand jives

Sara Broussard came to hang out in my class a couple of months ago and she introduced my sixth graders to an AWESOME new brain break that was a HUGE hit. She read about it on the Musicuentos blog. Click here to link to that blog. Basically, it is a version of the "collaborative hand-jive" (for…
Brain Breaks Part 3: Be the PRETZELS of the Teaching World!

Brain Breaks Part 3: Be the PRETZELS of the Teaching World!

Teaching with Comprehensible Input means that we are automatically teaching in the world’s most “student-centered” classrooms. Often, when a teacher or administrator observes, that is NOT familiar with the TCI methodology, they see what they assume is a lot of teacher talk. They may not hear it for the student-centered, student-driven, compelling comprehensible input that…