Do you sometimes feel like we’re working in an all-or-nothing profession? I’m not sure if it’s an artifact of social media, of tweets and blog posts designed to be punchy and petite at the same time. I’m not sure if it’s a desire to be the next big thing, the acronym everyone’s talking about. I […]
@SraSpanglish commented on my post “Kick the vocab quiz“: “I feel like I can’t do this with Spanish I, and it’s hard with Spanish II. Also, what are students graded on instead?” At this point, I only teach very early elementary, who only receive a grade of “excellent/satisfactory/needs improvement” once a quarter, and advanced students. […]
This year I noticed that my AP Spanish (4th year at my school) class had a lower listening proficiency than my previous class. As I reflected on possible causes for this, I realized that since I’d moved classrooms into a room without a VCR and thus stopped moving slowly through tapes of prior years’ Latin […]
Don’t re-invent the wheel-often there are magically appealing and effective activities out there on the web if you just know where to look. I just got a link over Twitter to Zachary Jones‘s post about his activity called “Clozeline.” He’s got cloze quizzes to a whole bunch of songs, with grammatical topics. Enjoy!
A few posts back I commented on how my Spanish 3 students are overgeneralizing and I’m getting “Yo es” all over the place. Since I made lots of comments about it I’ve seen less. But I noticed something today–my Spanish 1 cherubs are doing it. I haven’t taught Spanish 1 in three years and never […]