How a college class convinced me to try something new in my classroom (and why I no longer deduct points for late work).

Tonight I was reflecting on my favorite class in college and I realized I cannot remember the professor’s name*. Also, my recollection of the class may be hazy as it has been quite a few years since my college days so let’s catalogue this post under “inspired by real events.” All we were expected toContinue reading “How a college class convinced me to try something new in my classroom (and why I no longer deduct points for late work).”

Confessions of a CI Teacher

During my prep period today, a 4th grade student passed me in the hall. “¡Hola profe!” he said. We chatted in Spanish for a bit and then I asked, “¿Adónde vas? Al baño o a clase?” “¡Al baño, profe! ¡Adios!” and then headed to the bathroom beaming with pride. This is why I teach usingContinue reading “Confessions of a CI Teacher”

How (I hope) I got my trouble-maker students to be respectful

Two weeks ago, I hit a wall. My students were off their rockers. Everything was chaotic. I felt chaotic. I LOOKED CHAOTIC! I was the Spanish teacher zooming around the halls looking stressed out and panicked. Why? BECAUSE I WAS STRESSED OUT AND PANICKING. Why? Well, for a number of reasons, all of which wereContinue reading “How (I hope) I got my trouble-maker students to be respectful”