As soon as this school year is over, you will probably want simply to rest. There may also be training opportunities that you have put off this year because you were trying just to stay afloat, or training you hope to get before taking on the next year. There are several impressive and worthwhile opportunities […]
Free Resources and Strategies for Teaching Language with Street Art
The Power of Public Art Check out this chalk drawing by David Zinn, a world-renowned street artist who happens to live in my neighborhood. Think of all the ways you and your students could talk about it in the target language! At all levels, public art can be a superb source of learning and interaction, […]
“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! Home Screen Investigation Home Screen Investigation is a new favorite source of interaction for me and my students. Basically, you […]
New Word Walls, Backgrounds, and Slides—Templates & Tutorials
I sooo wish I had been able to offer these sooner, but I’ll be thrilled if they can still help any Spanish, French, German, or Latin teachers and their students! The linked slides, images, and tutorials are intended to help you support students’ exposure to and comprehension of the target language while enjoying a visual […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
New course: Spanish for Latin Teachers—and another big announcement!
In this post: 1. Spanish for Latin Teachers, a new online course by JSB 2. Deep discount on just-launched virtual Summer Institutes with Tina Hargaden of the World Language Proficiency Project Spanish for Latin Teachers For years I have wanted to create this course to take advantage of the boost in comprehension and community […]