Connecting Culture Through Communication

Culture permeates every aspect of our lives and we can’t understand others without having an understanding of their culture.  As a language teacher you are already aware of this.  But our students may not understand that language is an expression of culture. We must bring culture to the classroom in order to develop and deepen Read more about Connecting Culture Through Communication[…]

The Importance of Peer-to-Peer Communication

When I asked my students about communicating in class they asked for more short conversations with different partners and time to do this every day.  They felt it helped them become more confident in their signing skills.  As a teacher I know this is true.  Placing a student with the same partner all period doesn’t Read more about The Importance of Peer-to-Peer Communication[…]

The Ticket to Communication

I hear from language teachers over and over again how difficult it is to keep students talking in the target language.  I agree this can sometimes be difficult but with a few tweaks in your day and how you present material, I think you will be surprised with what your students can do.   I Read more about The Ticket to Communication[…]

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.[…]

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![…]