Remote Learning Necessity = Edpuzzle

Edpuzzle is my new favorite thing for Remote Learning! It is the bessssst.  You upload a video, and you can make cuts, add questions, and add notes all in the same website. Not only that, you can disable skipping when students watch it.  Lastly, grading has never been easier.  I learned REALLY quickly that my…

Virtual MovieTalk!!!!!

WOW! So many possibilities with Remote Learning! Today I recorded a MovieTalk using Screencastify. I also made a doc with questions to go along with it! If you’d like, please feel free to use my video (you may want to cut out my announcement at the beginning) and doc (make a copy and make changes…

Use each other as sources of input!

I am in week 2 of Remote Learning, and it is a beast.  I know it will get easier each week, but I don’t really enjoy doing something that I don’t feel good at.  I also get overwhelmed by all the resources available and all the things I could or should be doing.  So, if…

Remote Learning Video Take 1

My district gave us an extended spring break before starting up Remote Learning which has been really nice.  I was able to step away from work for a bit before engaging in a teaching style that is brand new to me.  Luckily, some of the Comprehensible Input strategies that I use fit really well with…

BALANCE = Quizlet Live

In Learning Family (homeroom) this week, we asked students to write a One Word New Year’s Resolution on a word bubble to be made into a bulletin board.  (I found out that Annabelle is doing the same this year!!! Great minds…) As an example, I shared my reasoning for picking BALANCE.  I love my job…

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…