Brillante Viernes: February 14, 2020

Happy Friday and Valentine’s Day! We have a four day weekend, so there wasn’t as much craziness today for me. (Also there MAY have been a Netflix marathon of the To All The Boys I Have Loved Before…) I have also been working on the THIRD upcoming EdCampCIVa! We are finalizing details, so stay tunedContinue reading “Brillante Viernes: February 14, 2020”

Part IV: How I plan without a textbook; Comprehensible Input and Authentic Resources

This post is part of a series about how I plan without a textbook. The first part discusses how I decide what to teach, then how I decide on goals and finally assessments. Today, I will look how I plan a unit to include both comprehensible input and authentic resources. I believe that as teachersContinue reading “Part IV: How I plan without a textbook; Comprehensible Input and Authentic Resources”

Brillante Viernes: January 31, 2020

Happy Friday! Hope you have had a wonderful last week of January! I had fun playing winking mafia with my fifth graders (which we modified to sticking out your tongue), and I got to go ice skating with the sixth graders which was a blast. I also got to see our early childhood students buildingContinue reading “Brillante Viernes: January 31, 2020”

Super Bowl Reading and Lesson Plans for 2020

Each year, I like to write comprehensible articles about the Super Bowl. Some previous versions are not as relevant, but last year, I wrote about the food that people eat during the Super Bowl and the Pats Army in Mexico. These articles are still timely. In the same post, I also detailed input bracketing aboutContinue reading “Super Bowl Reading and Lesson Plans for 2020”

Planning without a textbook: Part III Assessments

This post is part of a series that discusses how I moved away from the textbook. I initially discussed how I decide what to teach and how I decide on goals. This post will discuss assessments. I have found that throughout the years, I prefer to assess with IPAs or Integrated Performance Assessments as IContinue reading “Planning without a textbook: Part III Assessments”

Brillante Viernes: Posts to read, a new podcast episode and a free reading! January 17, 2020

Happy Friday! I hope you are thriving this week. My most recent interview is on We Teach Languages with Inga Paterson-Zúñiga! In it, we discuss how we have evolved our teaching, comprehensible novels and assessments. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed talking with Inga. In addition, Martina and I recentlyContinue reading “Brillante Viernes: Posts to read, a new podcast episode and a free reading! January 17, 2020”

Brillante Viernes: January 10, 2020

Happy Friday! We have all survived our first week (or first full week!) back from break. My students were overall rockstars, but I definitely had some moments that I was struggling. I first was surprised on Monday morning when my copies weren’t stapled… but it was a double sided single piece of paper. Then, IContinue reading “Brillante Viernes: January 10, 2020”