CCFLT 2019!!!! Resources and Links!

Another year, another GREAT spring conference! I love connecting with language teachers!  I’m lucky to have access to great professional development in my district (when they don’t cancel it, that is), and CCFLT gives me a chance to add to my knowledge base with access to presenters from across Colorado and the country! I picked…

Kids Are Like Puppies

I wrote this article for CCFLT’s (Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers) Winter Newsletter, and I wanted to share it here as well.  Kids are like Puppies Last year, I had the pleasure of attending Connie Navarro’s presentation entitled “Kids are like Cows.” (Of course there is a story to this title, but for that, you’ll have to…

MovieTalk Today’s Google Doodle!!

If you haven’t seen today’s Google Doodle, it’s ADORABLE! AND, it was created by a 2nd grader named Sarah Gomez-Lane (with a little help from the fine folks at Google)!!!!!   I’m going to use this for a super fun, interactive MovieTalk/PictureTalk activity!  I always pre-plan Movie or PictureTalk so that I’m ready for any out-of-bounds vocabulary…

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…