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…

Dictation: Post-Storyasking Activity

One of my favorite activities of all time that I only do about once a semester is DICTATION.  I’ve used this activity with my Spanish Heritage classes to work on spelling, and it can benefit second language learners as well. The activity is an opportunity for students to listen to Spanish and write what they…