Books Every Language Teacher Needs to Read

THE ENCHANTED HOUR #1

By |2023-07-26T16:54:32-06:00April 3rd, 2019|

I just marked the passages I wanted to memorize, quote and use.This is a book every world language teacher needs to read: The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction, by Meghan Cox Gurdon. The author is a children's book reviewer, not a world [...]

ON USING THE SOCIAL BRAIN IN THE CLASSROOM

By |2018-10-25T13:29:42-06:00October 29th, 2018|

“Teachers are losing the education war because our adolescents are distracted by the social world. Naturally, students don’t see it that way. It wasn’t their choice to get endless instruction on topics that don’t seem relevant to them. They desperately want to learn, but what they want to learn [...]

ON TEACHING READING & LEARNING TO READ

By |2018-10-25T13:18:56-06:00October 28th, 2018|

“That is how learning to read begins—first people read to you, then they read with you, and finally they give up because you have taken control of your own reading and don’t want anyone else to interfere. Usually it happens remarkably quickly, so smoothly that it is rarely noticed. [...]

THE TOP 10 BEST-SELLING NOVELS OF ALL TIME

By |2018-08-21T16:19:31-06:00August 21st, 2018|

Which of these have you read? I have written guides to reading and teaching two of these best-selling novels in Spanish. One year we listened to Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal in AP Spanish. Every other year for 10 years I taught El alquimista in my Spanish 4 and AP [...]

BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #7

By |2017-10-11T13:22:13-06:00January 18th, 2016|

Mindset, by Carol Dweck What It’s About: Fixed mindset versus growth mindset. Carl Dweck shows us that no one is doomed by heredity or experience and that everyone can get improve. Too many of us do not believe that at a core level—too many think they are stuck: “That’s [...]

BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #6

By |2017-10-11T13:22:13-06:00January 18th, 2016|

Readicide, by Kelly Gallagher What It’s About: Explains how our teaching habits are killing our students’ desire to read and how we can fix it with better methods. Quotable Quotes: “The most powerful motivator that schools can offer to build lifelong readers is to provide students with time in [...]

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