The definition of fear: an unpleasant emotion or thought that you have when you are frightened or worried by something dangerous, painful, or bad that is happening or might happen.  We have all felt this emotion at some point in our lives. Some of us...

We asked WI TOY, Sarah Breckley, to share tips and tricks for how to build and organize an FVR library. Watch her amazing video describing how she makes magic happen with FVR....

It’s that time of year when we are supposed to be grateful. For some, it’s easier said than done. Life brings various seasons– some wonderful and some terrible. In all things, good and bad, life is so much better if we focus on the water...

A few years ago, I started my CI journey by incorporating readers into a curriculum that was pretty rough around the edges.  Nothing flowed, and I was still a new teacher trying to find my groove and make everything fit. I had never been formally...

Good Lord, people. It is week 6 of school, Homecoming week, and it was 85 degrees today on October 1. In Michigan. With no air conditioning. Did I mention it was Homecoming week? Yesterday was pajama day. Have you ever tried to TEACH 31 9th...

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...

Historically, language classes have not been fair or equitable in terms of servicing ALL students. As a profession, we have perpetually discriminated against slow processors, average students and those who are not college bound– or in our perception, not college material. The evidence is in...

If you are anything like me, you wake up to a list– a list of all the things you have to do. In addition to creating lesson plans, sub plans, absent student plans, completing CEUs and organizing your classroom, you have to call to make...

Pre-AP: Why not a Comprehension-based™ reader? When Fluency Matters asked me to write a post about one of their Comprehension-based™ Readers and how it could be presented in a Pre-AP World Language and Culture classroom environment, I said “sure” because I think aligning most of...

One of the many reasons that Fluency Matters Comprehension-based™ readers have my students hooked is that they take place in a variety of countries.  Not only can students travel there through the pages of the book, they can *almost* literally travel there through Google Tour...

I’d like to share with you my thoughts about my Comprehensible Input experience teaching in inner city schools in Chicago. I have taught Spanish Heritage classes for levels 2, 3, and 4, as well as AP Spanish Language and Culture....

Who does not love new exciting technology tools to engage and excite your students? Kristy Placido had some great tips and tricks to spice up your tech toolkit. She reviewed several tech tools with us and showed us how she uses them....

Are you tied to a textbook? Or do you have a thematic unit that does not seem to have any engaging resources your students are connecting with? Well, Carrie Toth’s session had the answers to solve these common problems for teachers. Carrie is extremely knowledgeable...

Today I spent the day learning about the OPI test with our informative presenter, Ryan Rockaitis. We learned about the test and what we can do to push our students to achieve to higher proficiency....

It is impossible to reflect on IFLT 2019 without going back to IFLT 2018. I clearly remember the biggest takeaways from that first IFLT experience in Cincinnati just one year after I decided to ditch the textbook in my classroom (after 4 years of traditional...

Due to the gentle encouragement from an amazing colleague, I was able to attend my first ever iFLT conference in St. Petersburg, Florida from July 15-18, 2019. Although I have attended mini workshops and professional development sessions in my school district related to Comprehensible Input, iFLT...

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...

Today I had the privilege to spend the afternoon with very the super talented Sr. Wooly. Every time I attend his workshops, he has new compelling content and strategies that are 100% successful with my students! The best part of everything Wooly is that even...

Today, I had the opportunity to listen to Michelle Kindt explain the background of coaching in her session “Coaching Your Colleagues to Success”. First and foremost, I’ll be the first to admit that getting up in front of your students is most times way easier...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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