FREE – Live Q&A Session Monday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time   Ask us ANYTHING!! How do we modify Acquisition-driven Instruction for online classes? What are some concrete strategies for teaching online? How do I accomplish (a)synchronous instruction using E-courses? How do E-courses...

FREE – Live Q&A Session Saturday, August 22 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time   Can’t join Saturday session?   Ask us ANYTHING!! How do we modify Acquisition-driven Instruction for online classes? What are some concrete strategies for teaching online? How do I accomplish (a)synchronous instruction...

We have our mission in mind every time we publish a story, and we definitely had that in mind when we decided to publish ‘Paralelo 38: La 4a Expedicion de John C. Frémont. The story, written by Rene Frazee, was inspired by her great grandfather who was a historian and had written a book about the history of the expedition, using Tedd McNabb’s diary as one of his sources. Renee is also a history buff, and she loves to discuss and talk about history in her Spanish classroom. She came to Fluency Matters with her story in hopes to have another historical read available for her students. 

Last school year, I decided my middle school students were ready to tackle a book.  I didn’t know how it would go, and it’s not part of the curriculum per se, but I felt like they needed a change in instruction.  I had been reading about CI, but was hesitant to try it on my own, as I had never taught a book before. I decided to take a leap and try it with my eighth graders.  These kids had 90 days of instruction per year, broken up into three thirty-day chunks since sixth grade. In a few short months, they would be going on to German 2 at the high school.

Many of us are now enjoying a much-deserved summer break and the rest of us are in that home stretch! Summer can bring on a wide range of feelings and emotions for teachers, from relief, to anxiety, to pure joy, to dread. We also have a variety of activities to occupy ourselves with. Some of us want to do absolutely nothing but rest and recharge as much as possible. Some of us travel the world. Some of us work another job. Maybe household projects or crafting are your idea of a fun time? Some of us focus on cleaning and organizing a much-neglected home that won’t REALLY get cleaned again until next summer. Some of us use the time to learn and plan for the upcoming school year. For most of us, our summer is a balance of all of these things and more, and it never seems to be enough time or as long as we thought it would be when we locked our classroom for the last time and drove away in our packed car.

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