What to do at the end of the year when students are checked out?

Every year I get to this point of the school year where the weather has changed, the students are restless and the ideas are running thin on how to keep their attention.  Even though I have done this job for 18 years this crazy end of the year phenomenon still sneaks up on me.  This Read more about What to do at the end of the year when students are checked out?[…]

Dice! Why I can’t live without them.

I am constantly seeing posts in my social media groups about what is one thing in your classroom you can’t live without.  For years I have pondered this question and answered it a million different ways. There has never been one thing I LOVE so much I can’t teach without…until this school year.  I have Read more about Dice! Why I can’t live without them.[…]

Games! Banish the boredom in your classroom!

If you love playing games in your classroom or if you are on the opposite spectrum and have no clue how to integrate games during class time, you came to the right place.  I am going to tell you why you should play games in your classroom or continue to integrate games as part of Read more about Games! Banish the boredom in your classroom![…]

Create a Comic Book!

To piggy back on my post about how to use comic strips in the classroom, I have found this video discussing how your class can create a comic book. This can be a great individual, partner, or group project.  It is a fun task students can complete and show us what they know about Deaf culture.  It is a Read more about Create a Comic Book![…]

Comic Strips in the classroom??? How does that work?

Comic strips are powerful conversational tools that can be used in the classroom at all language levels.  Comic strips are short conversations that don’t need sophisticated vocabulary skills to understand or talk about the content. Comic strips are an authentic resource that can be used to motivate the reluctant student or entice the visual learner. Read more about Comic Strips in the classroom??? How does that work?[…]

Challenge yourself! Mix it up! Get them using the language!

In my last post I discussed the importance of communication in the  language classroom. Today I want to talk about how we can mix it up to keep students engaged and communicating in the target language. I know there are days where I am standing in front of my Smartboard pointing at pictures lecturing away Read more about Challenge yourself! Mix it up! Get them using the language![…]