This is the second of a draft-quality (for now) series of posts about the Danielson evaluation tool and how the qualifiers and criteria can apply to a Comprehensible Input-focused classroom.
If you're just stumbling onto this now, you can find Domain 1 here.
Danielson Domain 2: The Classroom Environment
Okay! This one is probably the least difficult to make fit a CI class, because frankly a good environment is a good environment! There are certainly some...
Recently, a teacher asked in an online forum how the Danielson assessment system can be "worked" within a Comprehensible Input-focused classroom. So I've included my rubric interpretation here. My disclaimer also should be that I rate myself high, but with rationale, and then ask my administrator to prove I'm wrong. But I want my administrator to give me specific things I should improve if they don't feel I'm doing the best possible job. (Obviously, I totally know I can improve in many areas. But I'm not going to make it easy on them.)
Please also remember that just because these can be connected...
Posted by: Kelly
June 9, 2018 |
June 9, 2018
As I approach my AP Spanish Language class debut, I am thinking about what words kids may want to use in their essays and oral responses. What might they need to use (and understand) to take their language to the next level? So with a bit of my own research, and a LOT of crowdsourcing from the Facebook groups Spanish Teachers in the US and AP Spanish Language and Culture Teachers, I have come up with a list of words (that no doubt will be updated as the year goes on) that...
Luggage. There is SO much luggage out there! Odds are, your family has a suitcase or two laying around the house. My parents have a TON of luggage. Some old, some new, some big, some small, some giant. This post is going to help lead you through the pros/cons of different types of luggage, from the perspective that you might be looking to buy a new bag for the trip, or at least trying to figure out which of the bags you have access to would be best for you to take. Of course, you don't need to buy new luggage to travel. And you may be stuck with whatever your family has, like it or not. ...
Posted by: Kelly
April 27, 2018 |
April 27, 2018
If you talk to any travel experts, the one thing they will always tell you is to use a packing list. Why? Because travel itself can be stressful and a packing list will take away one giant source of stress--the worry about forgetting something you will need.
So, how do you come up with a packing list? Here are some simple steps to developing a list that will work for you.
Know where you're going, when, and the weather. This is obviously important in deciding what sorts of clothing to bring. You don't need to know the exact daily forecast, but knowing if you should expect...
As I prepare to make a 3-week carry-on-only trip this summer and find myself obsessively pouring over blogs and videos and tips for traveling light, it struck me that while I learned a lot of tips from the experts in traveling with a backpack only, most of the suggestions for packing techniques and how to not be that traveler are all things I knew.
And I realized that many teachers are not incredibly experienced travelers, and our students less so. I haven't seen a lot of articles, blogs, videos, or hacks produced from the perspective of student travel. So this series of posts...
Today I was reading some notes from a conference I attended a year or two ago, and realized something that hit me like a ton of bricks: I need a system. Truth be told, I need several systems. And they need to work together.
I work out at a great gym with franchises throughout the middle of the US called Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping. I've been a member for 5 years. (Please withhold the comments about how not so extremely my body seems shaped...I like cake.) Anyhow, every day that I've gone there for five years, I walk...
Posted by: Kelly
November 21, 2017 |
November 21, 2017
1. Get. There. Early.
Yeah. That is what I learned today. The keynote was actually not as crowded as I've seen before, but in general I've noticed that what I considered "good" session topics are what EVERYONE considers good session topics. The first session I thought I was going to attend a session about Classroom Management and 90% Target Language. This session said it was based on Zaretta Hammond's writing (and since I was supposed to be reading her book for staff book club at school, seemed like a GREAT choice). There were people standing 4 deep...outside the room! ...
Posted by: Kelly
November 13, 2017 |
November 13, 2017
1000 sessions. Three days. One. Thousand. Sessions.
Just the idea of the size of ACTFL's Annual Convention is overwhelming to think about. Even for someone who attends state (Wisconsin) and regional (Central States) conferences regularly, ACTFL is a bit overstimulating. There are thousands of attendees. It's insane. How do you even approach something like this? This will be my third ACTFL conference, so while I'm not necessarily a "seasoned pro", I've got some experience with this, and still remember how thoroughly overwhelmed I was by some aspects of my previous two conferences...