It’s that time of year! Every time I open up social media, I see new pictures of my friends back in their classroom or of their kids headed off to the first day of a new year! It makes me SO happy to see the joy oozing out as we all get back to school.

In the spring I shared my Scope and Sequence for all levels of Spanish at SCHS. In this scope and sequence, I embedded links to the materials we use. I’ve heard that the materials we use cost roughly $900 per level of language for a grand total of $3600. What a way to adopt a new curriculum! My last textbook adoption was over $10000 and I hated that book!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 21, TPT is hosting its annual Back to School booster sale! Imagine getting 25% off the pieces that we use from teacher authors on the site! That makes adoption even less!

If you’re on the cusp of a change in your curriculum or if you’ve been textbookless for a long time, a sale is a great way to add new tricks to your toolbelt! Use the code BTSBoost18 to get the full discount!


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" and "Bananas" 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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