MASTERY LEARNING using High-Frequency Verb Quizzes 

The 2021-22 school year provided me a chance to try out ideas with MASTERY LEARNING and a policy about retaking assessments until an 80% average was reached. I used this idea consistently throughout the whole year with both my Spanish II and IV classes, and I am very pleased with the results. One of the …

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Nothing Is as Revolutionary Here as Hamilton, But These Four Things Are Making My Virtual Classes Work (So Far)

As teachers in 2020, we are all learning a new normal - whether it is 100% virtual teaching or a hybrid model, all changing how we interact with students and our subject matter. In my environment, I am teaching Spanish remotely from home with my students “zooming in” three times a week. And even though …

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Webinar Online Now: Keeping CI Simple for Students

As the end of Quarter 1 is around the corner, I wanted to post this webinar that I did for Teacher’s Discovery last month on Facebook Live. For this webinar I wanted to focus on Simple CI in the classroom. I always have to remind myself how challenging it might be for students to focus …

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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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