Teacher Tips

COLORFUL SPANISH: VOCABULARY HELP FOR NEW TEACHERS

A Short Glossary of Insults and Off-Color Street Spanish. Find the whole list here Among some groups, I suppose this vocabulary could be considered high-frequency, but not in polite company. This material was originally published in Conversational Spanish, a textbook I wrote and used in my college classes for almost 20 years.  It is intended to inform adults. I have never taught my upper-level high school students units on cussing in Spanish, despite their ardent pleas over the years. Although I agree that it would be useful for them to be aware of some of the curse words in Spanish, I never [...]

FIRST WEEK TO-DO LIST

"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 [...]

NEW BOOK: MEANINGFUL READING COMPREHENSION CHECKS

This book will make your life easier and your teaching more effective. It is a compilation of the best comprehension checks for reading that I have discovered over 30 years of teaching and researching Free Voluntary Reading with my students. Whether you call it FVR, Sustained Silent Reading or Light Reading, when students read on their own magic happens. When it is taught well, self-selected reading is the best way to differentiate instruction and engage students. This book will show you how to do it--even with reluctant readers. With these best trade secrets from expert reading teachers you will be [...]

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS

Learn strategies that work for sustainable comprehensible-input based teaching with Bryce’s comprehensive one-day seminar: Best, Most Powerful Strategies for Teaching World Languages (Grades 6-12). Bryce will be presenting five seminars across the country this spring: • 4/09/18 (Monday) Buffalo (Amherst), New York • 4/10/18 (Tuesday) Boston (Natick), Massachusetts • 4/30/18 (Monday) Fresno, California • 5/01/18 (Tuesday) Sacramento (Elk Grove), California • 5/02/18 (Wednesday) Seattle (Bellevue), Washington Easy Ways to Register:    Register Online: www.iedseminars.org Phone Toll Free: 1-800-260-8180 Preview the TABLE OF CONTENTS  from the 125 page complimentary book that all seminar attendees will receive, filled with the best trade secrets for [...]

READING RESULTS

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 [...]

WHAT’S THE PASSWORD?

Get Bryce's new book on classroom passwords here. This project grew out of a short blog post. I was enthusiastic about the results I was getting with passwords with my students and wanted to share what was working with my colleagues. Originally it was just a few examples of passwords that had worked for me and an invitation to share ideas. It could have been written as a blog series, but I just kept adding to the original post. This is the result. As ideas from the original short blog post began to flow comments, questions and suggestions from colleagues [...]