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Muy talentoso: a PBL/TCI story

It’s almost time to gear up for the Lenoir-Rhyne Language Festival! In Spanish I last year, my kiddos selected two songs, developed dances and costumes, created maracas with water bottles and duct tape, and performed a mashup of “La Bamba” and “Danza Kuduro.” They also got a lot of great Read more…

By SraSpanglish, ago
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We Don’t Need Another Hero

Teachers don’t need another hero, but we do need teacher leaders. (Tina Turner photo) “…Or you can close the door and subvert.” This was one of the options that was offered in my Methods of Teaching High School English class over a decade ago. It seemed like kind of a heroic Read more…

By SraSpanglish, ago
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Chewing Your Battles

Students need nourishment, and they rely on us to providetime, techniques, and sustenance their budding palates can handle In my quest to include everything as a baby teacher, I made it impossible to keep up with…well, anything. I constantly bit off more than I could chew instructionally speaking. And goodness knows if I couldn’t Read more…

By SraSpanglish, ago
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Independent PBL Time by Mode

I’m not really happy with the jigsaw model for Project-Based Learning that I instituted for our festival project and school supply drive last yer. It did not really fit those kiddos–who are now in my Spanish II classes. In retrospect, I don’t think it really fit the projects, either. So instead, I think Read more…

By SraSpanglish, ago
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Magic in Making Do: Collaborating close by

“Nothing up my sleeve! And..presto!” I thought there could be nothing more magical for my students than real-time video chats with real live teenagers in Spain and Argentina. School schedules and time zones actually create more distance than geography these days, however, so sometimes we have to make do. Maybe Read more…

By SraSpanglish, ago