Get outside! Chalk drawings!

Get outside! Chalk drawings!

Close to the end of the year, I like to find new things to do to keep things interesting and fresh for the kids, and for myself. We are all so burnt out, if I can find new activities or games to keep their interest and engagement high and keep me from pulling every hair…
Best Valentine’s Day EVER!

Best Valentine’s Day EVER!

I am so annoyed that I couldn't have TRIED this with students BEFORE today, so that I could have shared it for y'all to use TODAY! Darn it! Well, save this post for next Valentine's Day because OH MY GOSH this lesson was DY-NO-MITE and you can TOTALLY use it for multiple levels (I am…
OWL in my CI classroom

OWL in my CI classroom

OWL stands for Organic World Languages. Last spring, Darcy Rogers, who is the founder of OWL came to my school to do a workshop with our WL teachers. Up until that point, I had felt very alone in my department as far as how language should be acquired and taught. She was an outside voice…
El Tió de Nadal

El Tió de Nadal

Isla Rose wrote Santa an early Christmas letter this year asking for a special elf for "Daddy and AtDat's house" (she calls me AtDat). Santa delivered and with all of the magic that we expect from Santa. She was absolutely overjoyed. Magic and the idea of believing in Magic is my most absolute favorite thing…
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…
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…