I don’t know what I (don’t) know

Can you believe that it's already "mid-to-late" July? I cannot and I know that the summer always flies by, but this one seems to be speeding ahead at a pace I cannot keep up with! Last week I had the amazing privilege to attend a College Board AP Training presented by Davara Potel, who, before... Continue Reading →

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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 →

First week reflections 2016

Wow. This year has been amazing and I've only been in the classroom for 7 school days! I wanted to reflect on the pluses and deltas of my first week, as some of you are starting your school year soon, and as a place for me to share what's going well for me! Pluses: Saying... 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 →

My new infographic syllabus!

If you've been following along with me on twitter, you might know that I was lamenting over not having a classroom to decorate this year. And, I mean, my last classroom was pretty adorable, if I may say so myself. I LOVE the color teal (or aqua, or turquoise) and I love patterns, so I went with... Continue Reading →

#AuthRes August

Wow. As I'm staring at that word, August, I'm simultaneously freaking out and jumping for joy at the same time. I bet a lot of you teachers feel the same way. Last week, Sara-Elizabeth of Musicuentos called us to #AuthRes August, where we share some authentic resources for the world language classroom that our students will... Continue Reading →

90% TL: just do it!

(Just so we're clear, I stole the title of this blog post from Thomas Sauer, not Nike.) Well, it's spring break here, which means that my French ones have been through 3 1/2 weeks of "only" speaking French in class. I will clarify that before that, they did speak French, but there weren't explicit rules... 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 →

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