Fighting fear of change…

This tweet from @casas_jimmy is brilliant! We have all struggled with colleagues who are scared or reluctant to change… And many of us have struggled with making big changes. Jimmy’s advice says it all! Everything doesn’t have to change at once, identify a piece that would really make a difference and start by encouraging that of our teachers and learners!

What would that piece be for you? Would you/your colleagues be willing to tackle mini goals throughout the year!?

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas","Bananas", "Sostenible", and "Papálotl" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

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  1. This makes me think of our First Friday meetings here in Anchorage. Together, we decide what we want to learn and apply, then we work through the kinks together. The success that comes from taking the journey together naturally draws in the teachers in our spheres of influence and creates a huge ripple effect of change! Michele Whaley is the best.

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