Thursday, August 25, 2016

3 resolutions for the new school year


Ahhh, the end of August: the nights are getting cooler, the mornings are a little bit darker, and Labor Day is looming. Summer is almost over and school is about to begin! Obviously, every teacher mourns the end of summer, and I'm no different. But actually, this is one of my favorite things about teaching -- every September is a clean slate, a fresh start. I'm not one to make resolutions in January but I love to make them in September. Here are this year's three.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

5 takeaways from #nectfl16

by Anthony Quintano via Flickr license

Last week I went to the NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Conferences in New York City. It was excellent! In addition to being back in Manhattan -- which was wonderful, despite the Arctic temperatures -- all of the sessions I attended were very good. The conference's theme was intercultural competence, and almost all of the sessions I attended addressed that topic. Here are my 5 takeaways from the conference.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

5 ways to use your Verba card set

Verba, from The Pericles Group
Do you have a Verba set yet? If you're unfamiliar with the game, you can read my previous post about it here. Playing Verba according to the rules is loads of fun, but you can also use those cool playing cards in many other ways as well. Here are 5 ways that your novice-, intermediate- and advanced-level learners can make the most of that Verba card set.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Why Evernote is the best lesson/unit planning tool ever

By User:ZyMOS [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons

I've written about Evernote as a lesson planning tool on this blog before, but now that I'm going on five years as a complete Evernote convert, I thought I'd celebrate that anniversary by discussing how I've been using some of its tools and apps to step up my unit planning game.