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Brillante Viernes: February 16, 2018

Brillante Viernes Feb 16

Whew!  This week had no snow in sight, so I am glad that I made it to the end of the week!  I forgot to mention that February is also Lead with Languages month.  Check out this great social media kit that the ACTFL team put together.  You can have your class or language team take a selfie and upload it to Twitter or Facebook.  Enjoy your weekend!


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Brillante Viernes: February 9, 2018

Brillante Viernes Feb 9

Happy Friday!  I am so sad to miss NECTFL this year, but I will definitely follow along on Twitter.  Check out the #NECTFL18 to glean some great ideas from the conference.  I am excited to check out a professional development for all teachers at our local art museum.  I encourage teachers to look into this because many times it is free or relatively cheap!  I paid $10 to learn more about Miró!

On my snow day, I worked on two events that I have coming up in the area.  I am a huge proponent of Edcamps!  I am helping plan one in DC on March 17 for all educators and a foreign language specific Edcamp in Chesapeake, Va on June 27.  Both registrations are live, and both meet-ups are FREE!  Speaking of more free PD, check out these posts from this past week:

  • I have been working on how I allocate my time on the weekends, but I really like this post on the power of Sunday night.  I want to try some of these techniques.
  • Some of my new favorite things: Matt Miller, Retrieval Practice and Flipgrid!  But I am excited to explore the power of Socrative!
  • This piece from Megan hits the nail on the head and is something that every language teacher needs to read!  You ARE doing it right!
  • I love what Annabelle is adding when she teaches a song.

And in case you missed some of my posts from years past:

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Brillante Viernes: February 2, 2018

Adobe Spark (3)

It’s finally Friday and February!  Did you see the joke that said “It literally feels like January 74th.”  I am not sure why, but this has seemed like a long month!  We finally have had two full weeks of school in January, and I can’t wait to wind down over the weekend.  How is your resolution going?  I am still setting a timer- not every day, but frequently enough that my desk has never been more organized!  Regardless of your resolution, make sure that you take some time over the weekend (or today!) to read these posts:

  • Check out this brand new blog and Señora Chase’s plans on how to tell stories when your students are tired!  I tried this with my Spanish II, and it was a hit!  (Also she has been writing up a storm since the beginning of January!)
  • Speaking of input, I appreciate this list that Timothy created of more ways to get input to students.
  • Have you seen the micro-credential program from Digital Promise?  I really appreciate their program, and I am excited to try some of these micro-credentials!
  • Also, Kara put together an amazing slideshow about Colombia for upper level classes.

Flashback time:

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Brillante Viernes: January 19, 2018

Brillante Viernes January 19

Happy Friday!  We had a three day week with a snow day in between.  I am still trying to get back into the swing of things, but I have found out that my timer trick is still helping me significantly.  How is your New Year resolution going?  Remember you can always get back into the game.  At times, I haven’t had the full time to organize my desk, but I keep trying the next day.  Here is to a great weekend and a (hopefully!) full week of school next week:

Flashback to previous posts:

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Brillante Viernes: January 12, 2018

Brillante Viernes: January 12

Yay for Friday!  We had our first full week back-ish.  We still had an early release and late start with ice, but we successfully completed five days of school!  Are you setting your timer?  I have been keeping up with it relatively consistently, but if I miss an afternoon, it is still much more manageable the next day.  Overall, I have felt more productive.  (But I will be honest, this may be the LONGEST that I have ever kept a resolution!)  How is your week?  Here are some posts to dive into over the long weekend:

  • Did you see Matt’s list of technology to try in 2018?  Number 8 looks pretty cool, and I haven’t seen it before!
  • As teachers, we all fail.  This post is both beautiful and real about failing forward.
  • And even more greatness from the Latin world- I love integrating Snapchat into class, and I really like Keith’s take on it.
  • I am going to use these tips for Reader’s Theatre with my classes next week!

Flashback to my previous posts:

  • How I have evolved my interpretive reading
  • The role of teacher bloggers (I need to revisit this because while I am doing a lot of these now, I still have MORE that I want to keep working on!)
  • When I was figuring out how to do a MovieTalk, it helped me to have the questions written down for students.  You can check it out if it will help you transition.
  • Sie7e’s song I’m Sorry
  • Using manipulatives (which can be done online!)
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Brillante Viernes: January 5, 2018

Brillante Viernes January 5 2018

Happy January!  I hope that many of you at least managed a delay this week!  We had a surprise snow day which is always helpful for planning.  I have been thinking about having guest posts for awhile, and Kristine’s post about Google tools was AMAZING!  Make sure you check it out if you missed it.  If you are interested in writing a guest post for my blog, you can contact me, and I would love to set something up!  Here are some more posts if you missed them this week:

  • Check out Laura’s post on “Special Pets!”  While I love the idea, I really like how she is going to have students count the number of words that they know.  I plan on trying this with the first two pages when we start our novel in level 1.
  • I keep going back and forth about setting up a class Instagram account, but Emily’s post about how she highlights students motivates me to DO it finally!
  • Calendar Talk hasn’t been working completely for me this year, but I am going to investigate this amazing looking online calendar!
  • Grammar is SUCH a hot button topic- but I fall in line with many of Megan’s thoughts about how she does it.
  • I found this link on Facebook to better self-care for teachers!

Here are some throwback posts from my blog (which just celebrated 5 years on Wednesday!)

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Brillante Viernes: December 29, 2017

Brillante Viernes December 29

Happy continued winter break to all teachers!  I hope you have found time to spend time with your family and time relaxing at home.  We also still have a long weekend until we go back, and I am looking forward to an attitude of lazy productiveness.  I have time to be cognizant of what I want to do and also take a nap or two along the way!  I have started to think about my plans when I get back.  In the next few days, I will post my horoscopes for 2018 written in comprehensible Spanish.  (You can see some of my previous ones here to determine if they will work for your class.)  Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  • Elisabeth has curated a list of some great activities for New Year.
  • Melanie posted an amazing community unit with some great tie-ins to culture.
  • I love the online magazine Veinte Mundos!  They have an advanced article on celebrating the New Year in Bolivia.
  • I have found time this break while traveling to catch up with the Google Teacher Tribe podcast- and I love this one about some awesome Google Slides templates.


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Brillante Viernes: December 22, 2017

Adobe Spark (66)

Happy Friday and happy winter break (at least at the end of the day) for everyone!  I hope that you are ready to disconnect and spend a lot of time with family or friends.  If you haven’t signed up for DitchSummit, I have been LOVING it this week!  You still have time to watch all of them.  Here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • I am fascinated by brain research, so I loved Pooja Argawal’s summit video.  Sign up to subscribe to her newsletter to see how brain research works for retrieving information.  I already have some takeaways that I want to share.
  • Teaching is not always wonderful, and Betsy’s post reminds us how to help ourselves when we get stuck in the weeds (or in a Honey I Shrunk the Kids movie!)
  • Laura’s post about shredding the teacher she was is a perfect reflection of the journey that we all take and continue to take as teachers.
  • Melanie’s post on using novels is great for me to read as it had some new ideas for me as well.
  • From Facebook, this tertulia guide was shared, and I love it for upper levels!

A previous posts from my own blog:

  • A collection of 18 songs that I use in Spanish 1/2
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Brillante Viernes: December 15, 2017

Happy Friday!  For us, it is break at the end of the day.  If you are still teaching, I admire you!  Make sure you spend some time this weekend for yourself because next week will be hectic.  A few notes- if you aren’t signed up- the Ditch Summit starts today!  This summit was inspiring for me, and it encouraged me to start new ideas when we returned from break.  Also, I will be in Virginia Beach this week.  On Sunday afternoon, I am having coffee with other local language teachers.  Come join us and discuss how your year is going!  Without further ado, here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • Speaking of Ditch Summit, I love anything that combines technology and brain research like this post from Matt about Kahoot and other technology.
  • I can’t believe how many new novels are out for Spanish programs.  Mike Peto has curated a new list (including some that I haven’t heard of!)  Check it out to add to your library!
  • I have really enjoyed using Puedos and found a lot of success.  Here is another teacher’s application of them in the classroom.
  • Check out this review task for language from Justin!  Perfect for after break!

Here are some previous posts from my page here if you missed them!

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Brillante Viernes: December 8, 2017

brillante viernes december 8

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my husband!!!  He is extremely supportive of all of my ambitions with the blog and always listens to me when I discuss Spanish topics.  I wouldn’t be able to do half of the things I do without him.  I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.  We have one more week until break!  Here are some of my favorite posts from this week AND the podcast that I participated in this week:

  • I have been LOVING We Teach Languages podcast since I listened to it this summer!  I was SO excited when Stacey wanted to interview me!  I am on this week!
  • Speaking of podcasts, check out Matt’s wonderful curated list of podcasts for education.
  • Jonathan is making a library of non-fiction comprehensible input texts.  I have contributed to this with my news articles.  There are already a lot of French texts!
  • I agree about the big shift in teaching and how much more I enjoy teaching using communicative techniques.
  • For everyone who is working with FVR, check out this post on how to have students love reading.

Previous posts!

  • I loved playing salad game in class- especially in December!
  • Billy y las botas Days 4 and 5 from last year (along with ideas if you are teaching a novel.)
  • My students’ favorite things!
  • How I tried to incorporate more culture into my celebration unit