Exemplars for learning

Man, this is such a simple idea, but it really helped my students this year! Earlier this year, I went to a 3-day personalized and blended learning conference hosted at my school. I was really impressed with the keynote speaker, a middle school social studies teacher who does amazing things in his classroom. Bill Ferriter shared... Continue Reading →

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Let’s talk about proficiency!

Man, oh man, this is going to be a great year. I'm 4 days in and I can already tell! This year, I'm focusing on proficiency, and I am running with it. In the first few days, I wanted to make sure that we covered it. I was asked to blog about it - it's mostly... Continue Reading →

First week plans 2016

As I sit down after my first two days of school, I find myself wondering how it got here so darn FAST. I feel like it was June yesterday ... anyone else? I also planned on sharing my first week plans long before it was actually the week that I started. Such is life, I suppose! I... Continue Reading →

Logistics: Manie Musicale

So, I've had a few people ask me how my #maniemusicale2o16 is going now that I'm actually into the fray. The answer: pretty much as I expected, but we're behind by about a day, maybe two from my original estimation. Here's what I've been doing each day: Round 1: The Sweet Sixteen For the Sweet... Continue Reading →

Update on #maniemusicale

Wow, thank you all so much for such a positive response on "La Manie Musicale." I am glad that you could use it, and even more excited that your students are loving it If you have already started, feel free to tweet your results on twitter using the hashtag: #maniemusicale2016. That way, our students can... Continue Reading →

La Manie Musicale de mars!

Confession time: I LOVE music. Always have. When I was a teenager, you could always find me singing or listening to it, and instead of doodling, I wrote lyrics in the margins of my notes. Second confession: I have barely used music in my classroom this year. Last year, due to a whole host of factors,... Continue Reading →

Let students create the input!

Wow. It's been about a month since I blogged about my rough start, and first I just want to thank everyone who commented, tweeted, or otherwise supported me after I spilled out my thoughts and soul on the internet. I would have burnt out long before now if not for your love and support, #langchat. Things... Continue Reading →

Quoi de neuf?

I was planning a post to update what I've been working on in my classes, and of course, Melanie got there first. We're always on the same wavelength. Truth is, I've been so concerned with this year's changes, that I haven't been focusing on the language. Rather than 90% French, we've been spending class in... Continue Reading →

My first EdPuzzle!

Man, this week has been rough. But my PLN always here to bring my back up, whether it's sharing resources, sending words of encouragement, or tweeting me flowers. I couldn't be more thankful. That said, I created my first EdPuzzle this week. EdPuzzle is a website that allows teachers to upload a video, clip it... Continue Reading →

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