Daily Routine


When you start a daily self-selected reading program your students will complain–even if you provide a wide selection. Even if you allow them to to select what they read. when the complaints roll in, have faith that they will subside if you stay strong. Here's what has worked for me: 1) Make this poster an place it prominently in the front of your classroom: “Picking up word meanings by reading is 10 times faster than intensive vocabulary instruction.” ―Stephen Krashen, The Power of Reading When the daily whining begins, point your laser pointer at the poster. Make no expression on your [...]

By |2019-02-22T16:56:18-07:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Books, Daily Routine, Reading|0 Comments


"Si al comienzo no muestras quién eres, nunca podrás después, cuando quisieres."  "If at first you do not show who you are, you will never be able to afterwards when you want to." From El Conde Lucanor, Cuento XXXV, by Don Juan Manuel (Medieval Castilian writer, 1282-1348). The first week of school is a magical and vitally important time. This is the honeymoon period, those brief few days when it seems like every single one of your students like you, like the class and like each other. Almost every year the honeymoon phase will trick you into thinking you don't [...]

An Unusual Classroom Observation

The way we teach with comprehensible input has applications to other disciplines and we are barely scratching the surface of ways that teaching like this can positively affect education. Last week I was pleased to have an unusual visitor in my classroom. Larry Currey, a math teacher at Liberty Common High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, was in my classroom the last three periods of the day on Friday. Most observers that stop by my classroom are understandably language teachers, but Larry was interested in observing because his son-in-law, a Latin aficionado and a big fan of Justin Slocum Bailey, [...]

By |2018-02-23T07:07:39-07:00February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Classroom Observations, Daily Routine, Teacher Training|0 Comments


I enjoy teaching with very few props or electronics. Relationship-based teaching (passwords, discussing reading and persona especial interviews) propped up by well-honed TPRS questioning skills are the go-to tactics in my classroom. But I have discovered that there are two tools without which I can no longer function optimally, and they both seem a bit gimmicky: a handheld mechanical sports counter and a stop watch. It was disconcerting to realize that my students and I lean upon these devices so heavily. Our routines were disrupted and students with classrooms jobs no longer had the tools of their trade. My mechanical [...]

By |2018-02-14T20:55:50-07:00February 14th, 2018|Categories: Classroom Jobs, Daily Routine, Rejoinders, Uncategorized|0 Comments


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319 books read completely in Spanish so far this school year in four classes of Spanish I and one class of Spanish III. This is a chart I asked student aides to make last week. Students were asked to indicate each book in Spanish they have read with a post-it note. They wrote their name and the title of each book they had read so far this school year. Only completely read books counted for this measurement. There is no contest, no prize, no score, no grade, no credit and therefore most likely no cheating. Just pride and learning. What [...]