A Different Starting Point for Storyasking

I’m a HUGE proponent of nonfiction/news/cultural topics in CI classrooms (here’s a blog post of mine about it).  I LOVE to share these with students because they are super high interest and are exciting to me.  A few of my faves relate to Koshik the talking elephant and Peru (including the 4,000 varieties of potatoes that are native to Peru…

Latinoamérica VS El Mismo Sol

I’m working on my Locura de marzo stuff for the week and had the most amazing discovery.  I stumbled across the music video for El Mismo Sol (Alvaro Soler), and it reminded me of one of my favorite music videos of all time Latinoamérica (Calle 13).  Both videos show scene after scene of culture from their respective regions!…

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…