Teaching can be so lonely sometimes so I wanted to create an online teacher lounge where all the language teachers can hang out. We’ll be sharing the up’s and down’s of teaching, as well as ideas and tips to use in your classroom. Hope you’ll join our World Language Cafe Facebook Group. The more, the merrier!
To help create a sense of community, I’ll be featuring teacher profiles and stories (one each week). Here is the first one with Holly Lamovsky, a veteran Spanish teacher from Ohio. Here’s what she had to say:
Most Embarrassing Moment:
My first ever parent phone call – the students had an out of class piñata project and one of my students made his piñata in the shape of a certain part of the male anatomy. I had to explain to his mom why he would have to re-do the project.
Gold Star Teaching Moment:
Seeing my students function in the target culture on class trips abroad.
Best Teacher Tip:
Your students will support you as much as you support them.
Favorite Word/Expression in the Target Language:
Fregadero – whenever I am feeling overwhelmed in the classroom and can’t say what I want to say, I just say “fregadero”, everyone laughs and I am over it!
What You Do in Your Non-Existent Free Time:
See new places and things through the eyes of my 3-year old son.
Favorite World Language Joke:
What do you call four Mexicans in quicksand? (cuatro cinco)
Thanks for sharing, Holly! Wishing you a wonderful start to your teaching year!
* Remember to join our World Language Cafe Facebook Group so you can see future Teacher Features and hang out with all the awesome World Language teachers – we really are a fun bunch!
* If you’re interested in being a featured teacher, fill out the Google Doc. http://bit.ly/TeachFeature
Recently Rachel A. wrote this to me: “Hola! My name is Rachel and this fall I will be starting my first year as a Spanish teacher. I’m trying to plan everything that I can for the school year right now but I just don’t even know where to start or what I should have done before school starts! Do you have the time to give me any tips or advice? I would really appreciate it!”
This post is for all the Rachel’s out there, all the new teachers on the front lines of teaching.
I’ve taught all different types of kids (high achievers, really tough kids, kids who failed Sp. 1 three times, private school students) and I think the most important things are:
1. Show your students that you care about them – greet them at the door each day, find out what they’re interested in, use their names in your sample sentences, write notes on their desks in dry erase marker (1 a day), call their parents when they do something good (don’t tell them ahead of time that you’re doing this – students will spread the word and be psyched). This will also win over the parents who never get called for a kid being good. Read more…
Want to get your students excited about reading in the target language?
It’s much easier and cheaper than you’d think to create a reading library in your World Language classroom. By creating a library of children’s books in the target language, Read more…
After using traditional vocabulary and verb flashcards in my World Language classrooms for years, I have finally come to the conclusion that they just aren’t as effective as they could be. How many bizillions of flashcards have we forced our students to make, yet they still struggle to use the vocabulary and verbs correctly and fluently?
I’m so excited! Why, you ask? Because I just hit 1000 followers on TpT and that I’m hosting a huge giveaway, May 23rd-May 27th. Thank you to all the teachers out there who have supported me on my journey to create engaging lesson plans to spice up language classrooms all over the world. But wait, there’s more . . . Read more…
Do your students struggle with verb conjugations and remembering vocab? Are they unable to use verbs in a sentence without conjugating the whole thing in their heads? Do they misspell verbs and vocab and misuse common grammar on their quizzes?
Guess what? I created a brand new resource called interactive notebook trifold flashcards (INTF’s) to alleviate these problems and I’m giving out free samples in this blog post. Read more…
Hop to Win! $100 and $20 TpT credit giveaway!
Spanish teachers on TpT have teamed up to offer you a fun and fabulous giveaway
as our way of saying THANK YOU to our followers!
We have 2 thank you prizes for our followers:
– $100 TpT gift card
– $20 TpT gift card Read more…
Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching. Are you ready to create a memorable Cinco experience for your Spanish students? What? You’re busy grading papers, writing final exams, and trying to figure out how to get that one tricky student, Pablo, to stop disrupting class?
Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered. The World Language Cafe is hosting a 16 Day Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Facebook. Read more…
Hey there awesome World Language teachers! Don’t you think World Language teachers have the most fun? Definitely! We get to sing, dance, eat food, and play games, all under the guise of learning another language. He, he, he . . . .
I’m so excited because I just started a monthly newsletter to share teaching tips and freebies to spice up your language classes. It looks like this:
Just added this post with all my social media accounts so we can connect with each other. I love hearing what you have to say, so please get in touch. Thought you might like to know a little bit about me, Sherry, the creator of The World Language Cafe.