Relationships are the Key to CI Success

Happy 2019!  As a new semester is upon me, I’m thinking of all the things I need to do next week.  The biggest one for me is continuing to build relationships with students since I have year-long classes and already know my kids!  Relationships with students are the key to teaching success especially when teaching…

The First Few Weeks in a CI Classroom

Every teacher has his or her own take on the first few weeks. In fact, when you Google it, just a *few* results come up. How to begin the year in a CI class is something that I am asked about constantly. It is so challenging to know what you are “supposed” to do. I’ll…

Revamp Routines to Get the Results You Want!

I absolutely adore routines, procedures, and systems! I know that all students (and all kids) need structure and in my experience, middle schoolers DESPERATELY need it!  I once heard a tale, I think in a teacher-prep class, about a teacher who missed one of their classes, but no one realized that she wasn’t in the…

CCFLT 2018!!!!!

I’m so excited for this weekend! YAY!!!! CCFLT!!!!!!!!!!  The first time I presented at CCFLT was in 2011!  I was in grad school, and my friend Jenna and I did a presentation called “TPR: Not Just for Vocab Anymore.” (YESSS, that’s right!!!! I have a link to it!!!!!! OMG!) This was LONG before either of us…