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Brillante Viernes: May 19, 2017

Brillante Viernes: may 19

Happy Friday!  It is mid-May and next week is Memorial Day weekend!  I can’t believe it, but with weather in the 90s almost all week, it feels like summer.  While I am looking forward to the long break, I will miss my students from this year.  Next year, I am going to teach levels 1 and 5.  I will have a lot of my students from a few years ago that I am excited about, but it is always bittersweet to lose a class and the community that only that class can make.  It is the perfect weekend to go outside, but when you find a little time inside, check out these:

  • So many teachers love BINGO– and here is to make it more comprehensible!
  • If you haven’t tried FVR yet- even more reasons why you should!
  • As I continue to develop interpretive activities, I love Kara’s innovative take on them.  Also- check out the amazing authentic resource that she shared!
  • I keep reading about the game Mafia, and I just haven’t wrapped my head around it.  Annabelle’s post has made it much easier for me to understand.
  • Also a bonus if you are as excited as I am for summer reading!

Flashback Friday for many of my previous posts in May:

  • My revised summer proficiency pack for students
  • I didn’t have a chance to do the full telenovela unit that I did last year, but here is what I did last year that you can use this year even though the De que te quiero te quiero is not on Netflix.
  • I love this sentence-picture warm-up, and it is perfect for the end of the year!
  • Cali y el Dandee- Yo te esperaré and how I changed it up this year.
  • Do you subscribe to Intercom?  If not, you should!
  • Videos that I used for Agentes Secretos- I am excited to teach level 1 again to use this book next year.
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Brillante Viernes: May 12, 2017

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Happy Friday!  It has turned rainy this week in the DC area, and I am exhausted!  We still have four more weeks of school left, too.  How much longer do you have?  I know that some teachers will be done before Memorial Day and others teach into mid-June!  We can all make it though!  Here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • Thanks to Laura Sexton, I tried Google Drawings this week.  Check out the Google Drawings Manifesto by Matt.
  • I have always wanted to try a blind taste test in class.  This post makes it seem feasible.
  • Laura has a great post about how to do DIY readings.
  • DiscoveringCI has another post about Goosechase for novels.

Friday fun:

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Brillante Viernes: May 5, 2017

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¡Feliz cinco de mayo!  Hope you are enjoying your cinco de mayo whether you decide to celebrate it in your classes or not.  I am not celebrating in my classes, but we did sign my son up for his first “race” which involves a cinco de mayo celebration.  Also- I will get into more details as we get closer, but I am putting together a free conference about comprehensible input for June 27.  It will be in Chesapeake, Virginia.  If you live close, sign up!  And tell your friends that work with you!  Here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • I love these class awards at the end of the year!  And they can be done in the TL!
  • Check out these binge-worthy shows on Netflix.  I am going to be using some Netflix with my Spanish V next year, so I will just call it “research!”
  • One of my colleagues has piloted an online AP Calculus class this year.  She has done some amazing things and many of her ideas could easily apply to any online class.
  • Check out this paragraph shrinking/summary strategy!


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Brillante Viernes: April 28, 2017

Brillante Viernes: April 28

Whew!  Spring weeks can be some of the longest weeks!  Tonight, I perform in the MS Dance Show, tomorrow I am presenting in DC at GWATFL, and Sunday entails a trip to Baltimore to ride Thomas the train.  I will definitely need a weekend to recover from my weekend.  Hope you have a fun-filled weekend ahead of you!  Here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • This post on the power of pause is exactly what all teachers need to read this time of the year.
  • I also didn’t know about a glyph before Martina’s post!
  • Melanie has a great post on a novel and conversation practice.
  • As much as I love digital, this post by Matt also resonates with me.

Here are some of my older posts:

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Brillante Viernes: April 21, 2017

Brillante Viernes: April 21

I would be remiss if I didn’t say Happy Birthday Roma to all of my Latin friends!  It is that time of year when we have comments due, parent teacher conferences, presentations to make AND a dance show to be in!  Is that last one just me?  Next Friday, I will be participating in the MS Dance Show the Wiz and dancing with some of my students.  I cannot wait!  This weekend, I will probably have to break my no work on the weekend rule, but it helps when summer seems so close.  If you have time, you should definitely read these posts:

  • I was reading John’s post, and I felt like yelling ME TOO! the whole time.  Next year for me will be year three… and no textbooks!
  • Check out this crossword train for a fun activity this spring!
  • I really like this application of summarizing and note taking of a story or non-fiction piece.
  • I am reading more and more about homework.  Here is an interesting piece about how to evaluate the homework that we give.

Flashback from 2013-2016!

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Brillante Viernes: April 14, 2017

Brillante Viernes: April 14

Happy Friday!  It is a wonderful spring weekend, and we have a three day weekend for Easter.  I am so excited!  We went up to the Maryland Zoo this weekend, and I believe that the zoo is fun for adults and children equally.  There were some amazing posts this week!  Here are some of my favorites:

And what would a Brillante Viernes be without a flashback?

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Brillante Viernes: April 7, 2017

Brillante Viernes: April 7

Happy FriYAY!  I am excited because this Saturday is EdCampMetroDC.  As it has become a yearly tradition, I appreciate the opportunity to reconnect with familiar faces and meet new people.  We still have space if you are in the area!  Here are some other of my favorite posts from this week:

  • I am planning on doing this small group speaking assessment that Laura crafted.  It is great!
  • I love these ideas to “techify” a novel especially because next year, I am going to be focusing on novels.
  • Richard writes the wildly popular blog Free Tech 4 Teachers.  Recently he has been posting about how to start a blog.  This is one of my favorite posts where he explained what he learned.
  • This is a new to me blog in French, but I like these ideas for teaching the weather.  You could complete similar activities in any language class.

And for some posts from me in the past few years…

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Brillante Viernes: March 31, 2017

Brillante Viernes March 31

Happy Friday!  We just got back from Virginia Beach!  On the way back, I got to catch up on the Google Teacher Tribe podcast.  If you haven’t listened to it- you should!  I always learn something great.  I was so excited to hear how to add symbols to Google Drive that can help students with dyslexia, I wrote down the directions to share with our learning support.  (The video is here.)  Here are some more of my favorite posts from this week:

  • Sketch 50 has just started!  You can practice sketch notes on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.  Or you can just doodle for yourself!  It is just on day 5- so you can still join!  Here are my sketches (so you know that you don’t have to be anywhere near perfect…)BeFunky Collage 2.06.04 PM
  • I finally took the plunge and applied to present at NECTFL this year.  Then I signed up to present at GWATFL!  I wish I had this post by Señor Fernie to help me out!
  • I LOVE Meredith’s post on technology!  And am excited to use her ideas with Snapchat!
  • And MORE ideas on how to use Snapchat with BookSnaps!

Here are some more posts that I wrote years ago:

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Brillante Viernes: March 24, 2017

Brillante Viernes: March 24

Happy Friday!  We have the faculty-staff basketball game today at the end of the day, then it is Spring Break!  After a long winter, we are all ready for the break.  My son and I will be heading down to Virginia Beach for the week.  Hopefully, it will be warmer down there.  Here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • I keep highlighting Laura’s posts, but she is on fire!  This one about our shifting roles as language teachers doesn’t disappoint.
  • I appreciate a lot of what Mike is working on here in his classes.  I want to look at some of these topics more in depth this summer when I can reflect and think of how to apply them to my classes.
  • This post is a year old, but I just found it this week on Twitter!  I love the Draw 1, 2, 3 idea post storytelling.
  • Check out this awesome new blog about everything from teaching with movies to novels!

Here are some of my other posts from later years:

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Brillante Viernes: March 17, 2017

Brillante Viernes March 17

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  My son is ready to celebrate.  He love his mustaches, and when I found this shirt- it was perfect!  Also, we are one more week until Spring Break!  I know that some people have had their break already (which seems crazy to me!) and others won’t have break until April.  When is your Spring Break?  I am looking forward to the week off, but I am happiest when spring starts to get warm!  Here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • Sara-Elizabeth shares great tips about how to make a video guide.
  • Laura shares some great tips about online Spanish organization.  I love the idea of making announcements on Adobe Spark!  I am going to try that next year.
  • Allison has a great takeaway activity from CSCTFL!
  • This Basta game looks perfect for the end of a class.

Here are some of my posts from previous years: