Links to help during January

I know that many teachers are feeling frustrated with the flux of what is happening in schools. Many days, we don’t know how many students will actually be in our classes. There are a lot of different scenarios- but some of the main threads are similar. There will be days this month that we wantContinue reading “Links to help during January”

What is working virtually: November 2020

This year continues to slog on with frequent changes! I continue to push on with teaching virtually and having my son at home with me. While I can try to roll with the punches, I definitely thrive on routine. It has seemed like my schedule changes monthly which can have me all out of sorts.Continue reading “What is working virtually: November 2020”

Incorporating movement and games into a socially distanced classroom

Next year sometimes has me as paralyzed as others. I read (A LOT) about what people think and I try to slog through the crazy amount of information that we have been given and many times get stuck there. Where did all of that time go?! I do know my school’s plan for next year,Continue reading “Incorporating movement and games into a socially distanced classroom”

Teaching novels online

Teaching online has been more difficult for me than I thought. I had done this before, and I knew what I wanted to do- but then I started questioning everything. I saw what others were doing, and I started doubting what I was doing. I typically know that everyone has strengths and weaknesses, people highlightContinue reading “Teaching novels online”

Ideas for synchronous classes and feedback for distance learning

First, I wanted to share my video for ACTFL about ideas for online assessments! It is a shorter version of my post, but some people prefer video. I was so excited when ACTFL was willing to publish it! Whew! I will probably still start each post off expressing how difficult these times are. I knowContinue reading “Ideas for synchronous classes and feedback for distance learning”

Online and printable activities for extended closings

Whew! That was a week. It was definitely difficult. I am sure that my week mirrored your week. I was dealing with making plans for my own students and then BAM! My son’s school decided to cancel for Friday. At 11:30 PM. After telling us earlier in the evening that they wouldn’t cancel on Friday.Continue reading “Online and printable activities for extended closings”

Updated ideas for teaching online

As the coronavirus has started to spread, more and more schools are discussing how to make learning virtual. Although I have never dealt with a long absence to perhaps this degree, I have taught successful blended classes for many years where half of the class is online. I have also finished classes to learn howContinue reading “Updated ideas for teaching online”

Tips when developing a blended class

I am currently in my third year of teaching a blended class.  In some ways, my blended class is different from what many teachers think about a typical blended class because I designed all of the blended days by myself.  I wanted to highlight a few things that I have realized make a successful blendedContinue reading “Tips when developing a blended class”