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Including LGBTQ Voices in Spanish Classes through Two New Amazing Readers (Lots of Good Information for All Teachers Too :)

In this post I will highlight two authors who have each written Spanish comprehension-based readers that present the lives of LGBTQ adolescents. Not only do Jennifer Degenhardt’s Secretos and Adriana Ramirez’s Julio provide great sources of comprehensible input for students, but they also present protagonists who are living their whole selves with regard to their …

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Let the Coaching Team Remind You: WE ARE A CI FAMILY

Let this be a little source of inspiration as we all head back to the classroom. This is the NTPRS 2019 Coaching Team reminding us that WE ARE A CI FAMILY. All of the Coaching Team Members from NTPRS, IFLT, AGEN, and any other conferences or PLCs using our Coaching pod model want you to …

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If I Teach with CI/TPRS/Acquisition-Driven Instruction, Will My Students Be Ready to Take the AP® World Language and Culture Exam?

I wanted to share this new post I wrote as a guest writer on the Teacher’s Discovery World Language Blog. I had the chance to reflect on a question that I am often asked about Teaching with Comprehensible Input and the AP World Language and Culture exam or class. So check out my thoughts about …

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Three Changes “For Good:” Desk-less, Bathroom Pass Procedure, and Assessing with Extension Structures

As in any school year, I have tried many new ideas, techniques, and changes in my classroom environment.  In fact, I am currently attending the wonderful Central States Conference to continue to learn more. In this post, I want to highlight 3 changes that I have done For Good!  I am not saying that I …

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An Easy and Effective Listening Assessment

Short and sweet is the goal of this post. If you have followed me in the past, you know that brevity is not my strongest suit but today let’s hope. I wanted to share an easy and effective way to test listening comprehension using a simple Quizlet derived “Test.” This means there is very little …

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Some Holiday Food for Thought about Final Assessments

I cannot believe that the semester is already complete, and of course my blog has not had much attention. I certainly know how I operate, and I need the personal challenge of setting goals with deadlines because without them too many other goals and priorities must happen first. This year I did not set the …

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Socratic Circles as Assessment ~ the Why and How

Happy 2018-19 school year! I wanted to take the time and share a strategy, or better yet, a framework for learning and assessment that I use as one of the tenants in my Spanish IV classes and at the end of Spanish III.  This framework is preparing students for a Socratic Circle or Socratic Seminar, …

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Giving Thanks for my Local PLC during the Winter Blues & 10 Mini-Flashcard Activities

Wow, two months have flown by and teaching three preps, certainly keeps me on my toes. There are few moments of my life that I am not thinking about my classes and what I could possibly do to help students or better engage them in class. For me, this has been even more important during …

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