Let’s GEAUX to ACTFL2018! Part 4

A mini-guide to #NOLA Today I want to talk about all that is SWEET in the city. I know what you’re thinking, how will you ever get to dessert with all the Po-boys, boiled seafood, and other delicious Cajun dishes? Fear not! Getting around the French Quarter requires lots of walking. You will end up…

Let’s GEAUX to ACTFL2018! Part 3

A mini-guide to #NOLA In this post, I’m going to focus on some family-friendly and pocketbook friendly activities to do in New Orleans. Museums The Historic New Orleans Collection Located on Royal Street and Chartres Street. Admission is FREE! The staff is knowledgeable and eager to chat. The courtyard a great place to relax, take…

Let’s GEAUX to ACTFL2018! Part 2

A mini-guide to #NOLA In my Part 1 post I briefly shared about The Historic New Orleans Collection but forgot to mention that New Orleans is currently celebrating its Tricentennial! Here is a link to one of the exhibits at THNOC: African Heritage of New Orleans: 300 Years in the Making. Other institutes around the city…

Let’s GEAUX to #ACTFL2018! Part 1

A mini-guide to #NOLA How fantastic is it that the ACTFL 2018 Convention is coming to New Orleans, Louisiana?! I know I’m excited. So excited that I started this post back in May and have almost 8 pages of information to share. The Convention Center is ONLY a 30-35 minute walk to the French Quarter!!!…

Decorating on a Budget

Colorful classrooms make me SMILE and my classroom is obnoxiously colorful. I try to use my wall space purposefully by displaying high-frequency vocabulary, rejoinders, and other useful information. If you’d like a tour of my classroom check out this post: Inside the Piñata.  As this school year came to a close I realized I wanted…

Organizing Your Classroom Library

These mini crates easily fit a class set (25-30) of novels. I use two crates for my class set of Brandon Brown versus Yucátan. Some publisher’s books, especially the ones found on Amazon are a little bit too tall for these but they work for the other publishers. Just turn them upright. You can score these…

Tips, Trips and how to Fix: Part 2

I have some more layers to share. This time we are like cake.  TIP: Practice numbers when you go over the date, throw random numbers into your stories, or let students number off as a Brain Break if you’ve already assigned them their class numbers.  TRIP: Your roll changes. FIX: Don’t assign class numbers the few weeks of…

Tips, Trips, and how to Fix: Part 1

I’ve been compiling this list and marveling at how simple yet elusive some of these skills were for me as I started my journey as an educator. You know how Shrek says, “Ogres have layer”? Well, teachers have layers too. Layers and layers and more layers of skills which don’t just fortify you but also…

Not Too Spicy Telenovela

Yes, there is such a thing. Maybe you’ve been on the fence about showing your students El Internado or Gran Hotel.  There are so many resources already available plus those two shows are amazing. I’m finishing El Internado for the third time right now and just finished Gran Hotel for the second time. Teachers need…

Running Dictation Variations

Have you played RD with your kiddos?  Not sure what it is? Read about it here from Martina Bex. My Middles love it! Especially the competitive students and here are a few reasons why I love it: My students are up and moving. They have to work as a team. It brings out the very…