Same = enough

I cannot believe that it is August. And that August, as far as summer goes, is so SHORT! In my district, teachers go back on the 14th, and students return on the 17th, which is a jarring reality check after having the entire months of June and July off. Recently, I was having a talk... Continue Reading →

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La Manie Musicale: year two!

Hey all, sorry to be absent from the blogosphere lately! I'm just letting everyone know about my (really late!) plan for Manie Musicale. I had a lot of help choosing songs from Megan, who has a great list of songs for her upper levels. I wanted to change some things up from last year, because... Continue Reading →

“I can” goal stamps

Wow, am I sad that I won't be at #ACTFL16 - it's only Monday and I'm already seeing so many great tweets and plans to meet up ... I'll have to be there with you in spirit! In other news, a lot of people have been asking to see my new document that includes I cans... Continue Reading →

Why I #FridayFeedback

Looks like I've got to clean out the cobwebs forming in the corners of my blog for this one. Do you get feedback from your students? Do you get feedback from your students and actually read it? Do you get feedback from your students, actually read it, and then use it to inform your teaching?... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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