Category: Class Routines

Keep it simple: How I use flags to help

Today I want to share my “flags” to help you simplify life in the classroom. This is a ready-to-use system for assigning research topics and partners. Check out ways to use this huge time-saver!

TBT: The Welcome to Class

This is a class routine from the beginning of time by Megan that I still love. Post #43 to be exact. Enjoy a little “Throwback Thursday”!

Quick! Get in your groups!

If you’ve had your students in class all year your job should be so easy! Flawless transitions, no personality conflicts, 100% cooperation… Plus, by now they have learned a lot of language and can stay in the target language so much…

Beyond “Bien”

Greeting students at the door has numerous benefits including creating a personal connection, setting an example of polite etiquette, and for us language folks, using the language! The learning starts at the door.

Exit Slip Posters

I really need to improve my ways of assessing their learning at the end of a lesson instead of waiting until they take an assessment. I have revamped my exit slip procedure by adding this poster to my old bag…

Hitting the 90% Target

The last ACTFL newsletter had a great article about staying in the target language in class. This is always a big challenge for me. Enjoy this reading and please share your thoughts!

Passport Needed

Megan posted before about giving students a Hispanic name and country that they are “from” to get students more interested. I wanted to add a little more culture based on some ideas from the comments, so I created passports with…

One Solution: Stations!

Published on: Aug 26, 2012 During my first two years of teaching a language, I noticed some patterns. 1.) Although I had big classes (around 30), about 5-10 students did the majority of speaking in class in the TL. 2.) Students got bored…

Escaping Class in the Target Language

One of our first week lesson plans is how to escape, I mean, how to leave the classroom. I do this lesson for these reasons: * New students get to see the faces and names of people they may need…

Throw me some beads!

Megan’s post inspired me to take a stroll through my local dollar store yesterday. Or maybe I was avoiding my homework… Anyways I have been learning a lot about collaborative groups in my ESL methods class. During my observations, I…