FVR Expansion for FREE!

Who doesn’t just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a Freebie?! I’ve compiled a list of stories from our favorite mentors, sellers, and colleagues in the Spanish speaking world of teaching. You can use these to jump start or expand your classroom library. On a side note, while we might really, really love FREE, let’s not forget to…

Giant Character Maps

My Middles really respond to GIANT anything. Giant sunshades, my giant Day of the Dead masks, the giant sombrero just out of their reach. Giant character maps are no exception. I love to use this activity during a novel study to help students examine the characters AND to hit those higher order thinking skills. Martina…

Inside the Piñata

Welcome to my classroom!   I realize that I’m incredibly lucky to have a classroom to call my own, and to be in a new building (we moved to this campus in 2012) complete with an overhead projector, document camera, and sound system with teacher microphone. I’ve also been blessed with supportive administrators who have…

Compliments Campaign

This year I decided to be more purposeful in creating a sense of community within my classroom. I previously had this misconception that if I modeled respect and caring and explained that respectful behavior to all members of our learning community was the classroom expectation, all would be well. And I honestly want my classroom…

Journey with me

This post is probably going to come across as annoyingly cheesy and as my husband sometimes describes me: “mushy-gushy.” I spend a lot of time combing through the materials CI teachers post on their blogs, reveling in discoveries of gold. Sometimes I find a vein other times it’s just a nugget but gold nonetheless. When…

You can do better than a taco.

I absolutely love tacos. I frequently eat Americanized tacos with sour cream and shredded cheese and my mom’s breakfast tacos made from leftover BBQ meats, chopped and sautéed with onions and garnished with her table salsa, chopped raw onions and cilantro. At my house we gleefully participate in Taco Tuesdays. So what do I mean…

What’s all the hype about interactive notebooks?

Interactive Notebooks in the World language classroom: Who’s using them and what makes them worth your time? I think the use of this particular tool has gained steam because so many teachers have moved away from the textbook and worksheet model. I actually started using them before I crossed my first Puente to CI. They…

First Day Stations

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE doing first day stations. I learned about them from Laura’s post on PBL in the TL . First day stations are so much fun and send a clear message. This class is going to be different. That being said, they do present a few challenges.  Challenge 1: You have a brand-new batch…

Class Competition: Keeping it Novel

  Have you seen La Maestra Loca in action? If you haven’t been on Annabelle’s site get over there quick! Annabelle has this awesome points system that will keep you and your students focused and energized. Read more here. To maintain interest in the point system Annabelle has many variations including: class vs teacher class…