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. ...
The first year is the hardest. Seriously. If you're in your first year now, just know that IT GETS BETTER . And easier. ...
I used to have a recurring nightmare every single year that it was the first day of school and I had an entire class of kids in front of me and I had no lesson plans . No PowerPoint, no papers, no supplies whatsoever. Just me and a class of kids staring at me. I had to wing it and try not to give them the impression that I'm an unprepared buffoon. ...