blog post written by Arianne Dowd 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...

blog post written by Arianne Dowd 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...

Blog post written by Arianne Dowd 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. While speaking about the OPI I...

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...

[gallery type="slideshow" columns="4" size="full" ids="91990,91991,91992,91993"] 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...

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...

[caption id="attachment_91504" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Señor Wooly and Carrie Toth[/caption] iFLT Graphic Content (with Señor Wooly) by Arianne Dowd 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...

  [caption id="attachment_91478" align="aligncenter" width="789"] Michelle Kindt demonstrates the coaching process with Emily Ibrahim teaching Arabic[/caption] iFLT Coaching Your Colleagues to Success by Melisa Lopez Today, I had the opportunity to listen to Michelle Kindt explain the background of coaching in her session “Coaching Your Colleagues to Success”....

by Kristy Placido 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...

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...

Are you a member of the Facebook community Fluency Matters Comprehension-Based Readers? I love seeing what teachers are doing with our readers in the classroom and am always inspired by the ideas they share. This idea is no different! A couple of weeks ago, Todd Hanlon-Alle...

Are you a member of the Facebook community Fluency Matters Comprehension-Based Readers? I love seeing what teachers are doing with our readers in the classroom and am always inspired by the ideas they share. This idea is no different! A couple of weeks ago, Todd Hanlon-Alle...

Are you a member of the Facebook community Fluency Matters Comprehension-Based Readers? I love seeing what teachers are doing with our readers in the classroom and am always inspired by the ideas they share. This idea is no different! A couple of weeks ago, Todd Hanlon-Alle...

Are you a member of the Facebook community Fluency Matters Comprehension-Based Readers? I love seeing what teachers are doing with our readers in the classroom and am always inspired by the ideas they share. This idea is no different! A couple of weeks ago, Todd Hanlon-Alle...

Are you a member of the Facebook community Fluency Matters Comprehension-Based Readers? I love seeing what teachers are doing with our readers in the classroom and am always inspired by the ideas they share. This idea is no different! A couple of weeks ago, Todd Hanlon-Alle...

Are you a member of the Facebook community Fluency Matters Comprehension-Based Readers? I love seeing what teachers are doing with our readers in the classroom and am always inspired by the ideas they share. This idea is no different! A couple of weeks ago, Todd Hanlon-Alle...

A few years into my TCI (teaching with comprehensible input) journey, I read Stephen Krashen’s book, The Power of Reading, and was sold. The insights from this book made me realize how important it was to get my students to read. I knew that they needed longer...

Are you a member of the Facebook community Fluency Matters Comprehension-Based Readers? I love seeing what teachers are doing with our readers in the classroom and am always inspired by the ideas they share. This idea is no different! A couple of weeks ago, Todd Hanlon-Alle...

“I love that! Can we do more activities like that?” Those are expressions every teacher loves to hear. Yet, the struggle can be real. Being the sole Spanish educator in my district, students see my face and hear my voice year after year. While Spanish...

It’s hard to believe that Makenna Parker first debuted a decade ago! Since then, Robo en la noche has become a classroom favorite, and has even “hatched” a sequel, Noche de oro....

One of the reasons that I choose readers in my classes is because they really help to anchor a unit of study. By giving a story, students feel connected to this abstract topic that they might never experience for themselves. My first year of teaching...

When choosing a reader, I always have my English-teaching mind on overdrive. I originally wanted to teach English Language Arts, but through some twists and turns teaching Spanish is where my path landed! However, I never let that keep me from using some of the...