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“Home Screen Investigation” for TL Interaction, + Major Zoom Additions!

In this post: “Home Screen Investigation,” using a cell phone screen to generate focused and fun communication—oral and written—in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes. Major additions to my ultimate course on teaching with Zoom (on sale through Nov. 22)! Home Screen Investigation Home Screen Investigation is a new favorite source of interaction for me […]

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Low-Tech, Low-Prep Success with Zoom—new mini-course!

Having heard from lots of people with both thanks and follow-up questions on various presentations I’ve done about using Zoom as a teacher, I decided to make a little course in 10 bite-sized modules—under 10 minutes each—to share my experience and tips for getting a ton out of Zoom without needing to learn any other […]

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You Can’t Out-Candice Candice, Sane Saturday, + more!

In this post: 1. You Can’t Out-Candice Candice (reflection+video) 2. Sane Saturday (May 9), a perfect mix of relaxation, camaraderie, and PD 3. Low Prep | High Success online workshop (Saturday, May 16)   You Can’t Out-Candice Candice The summer between when I was hired to create a Latin program at a school in Los […]

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It’s Just Teaching – A Lesson from Tai Chi

I’m a martial artist. Most of my training is in Japanese and South Asian martial arts, but in the fall I started studying Tai Chi as well. My teacher has a phrase that his teacher would say whenever a student was worrying about whether their hand should be turned like this or like that, or […]

Pick Your Health—The Stakes Are Incredibly High

This post is a personal reflection and a challenge on the topic of my teacher mantra video #3, which you can watch here or at the bottom of this page. During the last two weeks, I have had two physical and mental crashes—times when, due to poor self-care the previous several days, I spent an […]

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French Relaxation + New Section of Spanish for Latin Teachers!

In this post: 1. New guided relaxation video+audio in simple French with Cécile Lainé 2. By popular demand, Saturday section opened for Spanish for Latin Teachers   La Flamme: guided relaxation in simple French I’m thrilled that Cécile Lainé has helped create a French adaptation of free guided relaxation video+audio already published in Spanish and […]

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Finding the Buy-In Switcheroo

I’m all about improving teaching and learning without creating more work for anybody. The most recent pair of videos in the Tuned-In Teacher Mantra series addresses two of my favorite techniques for doing just that—in both face-to-face and virtual teaching. I’ve described the Buy-In Switcheroo and Making Lemonade before (in this post), but I believe […]

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New Calming Audio in Simple Spanish and Latin

My sleep and general well-being have benefited from guided meditation and other calming audio in several languages for quite some time. I quickly came to find it also incredibly useful for language learning and teaching, for a whole lot of reasons. This week I released samples of calming audio in simple Spanish (recorded with Abigail […]