Success

This guy was drawn by a student and described in Spanish. My PLAN worked well.

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Plan!

I am excited for class tomorrow because I have a PLAN.  I have been writing a story to use that meshes well with comprehensible input.  I have thrown in some of the Sweet 16 vocabulary that my students already know along with some solid descriptions of our characters…I am ready!

Students will be drawing and coloring…yep, coloring!  Hay un hombre delgado y bajo.  Lleva pantalones negros….

New Books, New Plan

I was working in my classroom today, looking at my new Spanish novels and checking the new scope and sequence.  I have big plans, so I hope I can get this all pulled together. I cannot be the only teacher with this dream.  We, meaning teachers in my ESU (Educational Service Unit), are making a concerted effort to increase fluency using comprehensible input.

We all start a new school year with high hopes, but sometimes we get discouraged before Christmas. Let’s make a pact not to give up too soon this time.  Fluency is too important, even if we have trouble convincing parents and students of this.  I am lucky that I have the freedom to do what I know is right based on research.  Many teachers are not so lucky, so I do feel blessed.

I promise not to give up this year, no matter how challenging it gets.  My students deserve my best efforts, and I want them to experience that feeling of satisfaction that comes from learning more than they thought they could.

Rocks!

I’ve become involved in a Facebook group full of people who paint rocks and hide them for others to find.  My daughter and I went to a neighboring town yesterday specifically to find some. Nine rocks later, we were hooked.


We took pictures of the ones we found, rehid them, made a quick trip to Wal-Mart for supplies, came home and made our own.  



I’m hoping this will catch on in my town. It’s such a fun way to get out of the house as a family.  My daughter made a few rock paintings of her own.  The one below is her first.


#Awesome?

My daughter and I were having breakfast in a neighboring town this morning when she blindsided me quite neatly.

Bela (pointing): Hey, Mom, you need that lighter! 

Me: Which one?

Bela: That skull lighter!

(Note: I love Day of the Dead and anything related to it!)

Me: Why?

Bela: Because it’s awesome!

Me: And I am, too?

Bela (sincerely): Yeah.

Huh….