Cathryn's Confession: Dear Colleagues,I am struggling. I love my students. I love my classroom. I love what we accomplish every day. I love that every day is different, too. But there’s one struggle I can’t avoid and it is the bane of my existence and sometimes it even keeps me up at night! It’s essential to my job and yet getting myself to do it is like pulling my own teeth. Not a day goes by that it doesn’t cause me some kind of grief...I hate lesson planning.

Cathryn's Confession: Dear Colleagues,I am struggling. I love my students. I love my classroom. I love what we accomplish every day. I love that every day is different, too. But there’s one struggle I can’t avoid and it is the bane of my existence and sometimes it even keeps me up at night! It’s essential to my job and yet getting myself to do it is like pulling my own teeth. Not a day goes by that it doesn’t cause me some kind of grief...I hate lesson planning.

The novel Vector by Carrie Toth is set during the construction of the Panama Canal Brandon has been on the road for three weeks now and he always thought language classes were just about nouns and verbs! Boy was he wrong! He has been digging deep into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through his studies of second language. A lover of all things science, Brandon can really see how language will help him in his future career because he sees language as a vehicle to talk about something he loves!

WHAT IS FLIPGRID ONE? FlipGrid One is the basic, free FlipGrid service. “With Flipgrid One, you now have access to a free version of Flipgrid that never expires. You are allowed one grid with limited features. Add as many topics and record as many responses as you like.”- FlipGrid Team With only one grid to work with, Carrie found herself wanting the ability to create a separate space for each class! The basic package was great but it quickly left her wanting more!

Upper level students (levels 3 and up) present a unique set of challenges for any teacher. Most upper level students are either intermediate level proficiency or are pushing toward intermediate in most of their skills. By level 3, if they have spent 2 years experiencing a comprehensible input-rich environment, they have a fairly extensive vocabulary, especially receptive vocabulary.

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