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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:

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Brillante Viernes: March 10, 2017

Brillante Viernes March 10

It’s Friday!  Yesterday, we went to the National Gallery of Art, and it was in the 70s in DC.  It was a wonderful trip, and I am always pleased at how much my students can understand the Spanish tour.  If you do not have a Spanish tour guide near you, I would encourage you to take your students and talk to them about the art yourself.  Or you could give them a list of items to find and describe the picture in Spanish.  I guarantee that every art field trip that I have been on has been successful!

Here are some posts from this week for you to enjoy:

  • I love these customized emails!  Wouldn’t it be neat to share thoughts about each student’s proficiency and progress in your class?
  • I really like this idea of 4, 3, 2 talking time.  I started to try it with my blended students, and I forgot that we had a weather drill.  It started off well though!
  • This is a great checklist for interpersonal speaking from Melanie’s blog.
  • Laura’s pizza face conversation is so cool, and I can’t wait to try this with my blended class.

Here are some posts of mine from the past few years:

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Brillante Viernes: March 3, 2017

Brillante Viernes: March 3

It’s Friday!  This is the last day of the trimester for us.  We finished a test yesterday, so I am planning a little “fiesta” for my classes today.  I will blog about it next week, so you can try one in your classes as well.  One thing that we are doing is celebrating how far we have come.  Many times, I feel like I need to keep pushing myself.  I push myself to evolve my teaching.  I push myself to evaluate what I am doing and how to make it better.  I am sure that my students feel the same way.  But how many times do we stop and actually reflect on how far we have come?  Today is a day for that.  This weekend, here are some great posts to read:

  • Check out these 26 ideas for working with videos in Spanish class!  (I love #13!)
  • I have played a variation of this game and everyone has fun playing it.  I plan on doing Allison’s version next time.
  • I love how Sharon incorporated a trip to the Aquarium and used a ton of TL.
  • Check out La Maestra Loca’s presentations on brain breaks!  She has so many awesome ideas.
  • Finally look at ACTFL’s newest Lead with Languages campaign!

Here are some posts from previous years from my blog:


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Brillante Viernes: February 24, 2017

Brillante Viernes Feb 24

Happy Friday!  This weather has been phenomenal around DC!  Although it has me ready for Spring Break, and Spring Break is far away.  March is here and with it brings March Music Madness in many FL classes.  I have been updating my Facebook page with all of the brackets across the web.  Here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • I have been focusing on how I am providing feedback.  This post was great.
  • These are some great tips for working with a novel and how to start.
  • I integrated this today!  Have students write 4-word picture stories.
  • I love how Laura is integrating grammar and culture.

Now, #flashbackfriday:

  • How I combined authentic resources
  • Template for an interpretive listening task
  • A small change that I implemented to increase TL use
  • I still love the song Mi Favorita by Renzo!
  • A fashion webquest (one of the links doesn’t work, but you could modify that question)
  • An English website with a lot of conversation starters
  • The game Chaos is people’s favorite post that I wrote
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Brillante Viernes: February 17, 2017

Brillante Viernes: February 17

Happy Friday before a three day weekend!  Hurrah!  It is supposed to be warm in DC this weekend which if it isn’t going to snow, I will take.  Hopefully you have time to spend time with friends and family.  Here are some of my favorite blog posts from this week (and I normally post 4, but I just couldn’t limit myself this week!)  You have an extra day, so spend a few more minutes reading:

  • TeachThought has a great post about how to stop praising student work and give specific feedback and this post by Betsy about specific feedback.
  • Martina posts a valuable piece on copyright concern as more teachers post their work online, and Mike adds to this discussion as well.
  • I keep thinking about pre-listening/speaking/writing/reading activities.  Here are some pre-listening activities to do.
  • Also because I couldn’t decide between Bethany’s posts on adding videos to Google slides (and how to use this ability in the FL classroom) and open mind interactive slides.
  • Finally- if you have even more time, check out Sara-Elizabeth’s post on her blogs to watch!

More of my posts from this time in the past years of my blog: