A memory book?

So I struggle with the idea that everything has to be graded… I want to put points on it because I think that they will do it if it has a point value. Is that true???

I’m starting a little experiment. I made folder for every student and on Monday all year they are going to write in Spanish 2-4. Not for points but for writing practice. I’ll read but not grade them and at the end of the year give them their writing so they can see their own growth!!

Anyone have any experience with this? Here’s hoping it is a good way to get them outputting!



I got this site idea from Noah Geisel at NTPRS ’10. It is a collection of commercials from around the world. There are ways to use them in class even if they are not in the target language of your classroom.

For example, on Friday we used a commercial for a Thai insurance company. It was subtitled in Spanish. We circled questions like “who loves you more than anything?”, “who do you respect?”, “who do you want to change?” and then followed it by watching the commercial. In it, a girl is embarrassed of her deaf and mute father. When they had seen it twice and had read the subtitles with me, we discussed how we felt about the girl’s behavior toward her dad.

Using commercials can be a quick warm up or a really good, deep character education lesson. There are a lot to choose from, try it out!!

Hello friends!

At the suggestion of my good buddy Kristy, I added a page to my wordpress blog and am going to share some of the things I do in my classroom with others.  I don’t claim to be any sort of expert but I do have a lot of years of experience and an internet addiction! 

Let’s start with my most recent find!  http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/home

You can navigate around the glog on the homepage to find links to sites that do almost everything for you.  In case you’re reading this and haven’t heard of a glog yet, it is worth checking out!  Head to glogster.com before you do anything else and see how you can “poster” yourself!!!  If you haven’t gotten into the 21st century with presentations yet, I think this (and of course prezi.com are a fun place to start!

If you’re interested in other quick links, I have a lot on my school website, check it out here:


Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll keep you posted. 🙂