Miss Señorita
Distance learning has completely changed teaching and it's not better or worse, it's just different. Okay, maybe it is worse. But, if your school is currently completely virtual - Loom can be your best friend....
We're in the middle (like no end in sight) of a pandemic and yet some schools are planning on re-opening in person in the fall. This is deeply concerning for a number of reasons.  But rather than list them here, you should check out 👉 Jillian Starr Teaching's post 👈 One of the numerous problems that Jillian raises is that teachers have to get extra supplies so that students don't share, and cleaning supplies on top of that. You need Lysol or Clorox wipes for days the whole goddamn year. You need masks . You need gallons upon gallons of hand sanitizer . You need a class set or even individual student sets of materials like pencils so that no one shares. Do you have enough pens this year? Do you supply kids with looseleaf paper ? Do you need to purchase white board markers ? Or chalk ? (I feel so bad for you if you need chalk). Do you have all the lesson plans you could possibly need for this school year? What about folders ? Or sticky not...
Parent teacher conferences gave me nightmares my first year of teaching. By my third year of teaching, parent teacher conferences were my FAVORITE night every single quarter. ...
Whenever I am brainstorming how to teach a particular grammar topic or set of vocabulary, my go-to speaking activity is an info-gap activity. It's easy to set up (once you get the hang of it) and I can target whatever grammar or vocab that lesson is focusing on. ...
You simply can't grade every piece of paper that students touch. It's too many papers and students don't need 857 grades at the end of each marking period. Besides that, your friends and family will miss you if you try to grade ALL THE PAPERS. Here are 5 tips for staying on top of grading (and having a life!): 1. Don't be afraid to throw papers out. I used to tell my high school students that the Trash Monster was very hungry and I had to feed it their work in order to save myself. If you collect student work, but have no intention to grade it, just throw it out. They'll forget about it. If they don't forget about it and they ask you where that precious classwork went that they did last Tuesday - tell them you had to feed the Trash Monster. via GIPHY 2. Plan so that your big grading days are staggered whenever possible. If 60 of your Spanish 1 kids are turning in a big project on Tuesday, then don't plan on your Spanish 2 students ...
This post could also be called "How to teach the Spanish Alphabet so good that you have to ban students from singing it". Or "For heaven's sake - it's March, please stop singing that song". For the record, I've only had to ban one class from continuing to sing the alphabet song well into March. That class was full of overly enthusiastic 7th grade girls. ...