YOU are enough: More reflecting on iFLT18

YOU are enough: More reflecting on iFLT18

My first reflection of iFLT focused on observations people made during debriefs of my learning lab.  This second reflection is to focus on the overall "feeling" of this conference, and is a message that I have been wanting to write for quite some time. Mark Mallaney and I sat together on Wednesday evening and talked…
Inclusivity, Community, and LOVE for ALL: MY reflections on iFLT18

Inclusivity, Community, and LOVE for ALL: MY reflections on iFLT18

iFLT is such a powerful conference. It is rare we can gather SO many of us with similar feelings toward language acquisition and theory in once place at one time. This will be the first of two reflection blogs I will write. This year, I only had the opportunity to attend one session (Sabrina's PHENOMENAL…
iFLT17: Day 2 and 3

iFLT17: Day 2 and 3

 Day 2: My heart is seriously  OVERFLOWING with gratitude. Today was AWESOME. My littles were really tired when they walked into my room but they still did great. 3 hours with these babies is a LOOOONG time! It is hard for adults!!! WOW! I am grateful for gracious and wonderful teachers who watched and still had…
Dichos ROCK! Teaching idioms in a CI classroom.

Dichos ROCK! Teaching idioms in a CI classroom.

Click here for a Google Slide Show which I will update as I add dichos throughout the year. This year I decided I would start including "dichos" in Spanish class. Dichos are idioms. They are often SO funny and SO different from English. The students find them hysterical, and they learn SO much new vocabulary…
TPRS RULES: Making “Story Day” Count

TPRS RULES: Making “Story Day” Count

One of my biggest frustrations is when teachers who are considering the big “switch” to using Comprehensible Input in their classrooms instead of text books, decide that they can’t because they are just not capable of silly, goofy, wacky TPRS. Storyasking is ONE piece of the GIANT and CI umbrella. It is NOT the only…
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…
Movie Talk is the BEST THING EVER! WHY?!

Movie Talk is the BEST THING EVER! WHY?!

Literally.... Movie Talk is the BEST thing ever in the HISTORY of all EVERDOM!!!.... I know that I say that frequently about many things, and that is because I am a passionate person. However, I must say that I really do feel that Movie Talk tops EVERYTHING.... I have spoken lots about how challenging it…
Classroom Management: Part 2 Inflection is LIFE

Classroom Management: Part 2 Inflection is LIFE

The title says it all. The greatest tool I have in my "management box" is my VOICE. Google's definition of inflection is: "the modulation of intonation or pitch in the voice." Some of my favorite comments from the students in my learning lab class at iFLT when asked about why they enjoyed learning with CI were,…
Shortcuts! Make your teacher-life easier!

Shortcuts! Make your teacher-life easier!

I was speaking to a friend about some of these "systems" I have developed for saving time and headaches, and she told me most of the ideas were completely new to her and that I should write a blog about them! SO, here we are! Last year, in the Lower School at St. Martin's, I…