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Sra. Witten
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Every teacher struggles, even me.
My 2014-2015 school year was probably my worst. It has taken me a long time to write this. Even seeing it now, I feel like a bit of a failure. Don't get me wrong, kids learned, papers were graded, I had parent conversations, worked with peer teachers. I thi...

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Evaluations, goals and reflection tools, oh my!
Nothing makes me happier than having to do my teacher evaluation. I know pretty much every teacher feels the same way. This year has been very different for me because I was evaluated by our new principal. Not to delve into all the details, but it was so ni...

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Planning for more!
Reflecting at the end of another school year is one of my favorite things to do. I have been working hard to revamp my curriculum (so happy to have a school district and principal that gives me that freedom!) to make it have a more communicative focus. I wa...

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The best part of flipping
When I began using the flipped class, I thought the best part was that I would not have to do direct instruction of grammar. The next year, I was sure that being able to allow students to practice listening exercises at their own pace, as many times as they...

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ACTFL 2015 reflections
As I am on the plane on my way back home, I can't stop thinking about all of the great sessions and conversations I was a part of at ACTFL. There is something so special about being together with thousands of World Language teachers who, like me, are lookin...

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Thematic Units
One of the things I have often struggled with when working on thematic units is how to make them build upon one another. Too often, I feel as though the class really gets one theme and then all is abandoned as we move on to the next one. This has a variety ...

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Why give awards?
This is a departure from the norm for me. This is definitely a post that shares how I am feeling at this exact moment. This has been a tough year. I am questioning what is going on in my class and looking to improve my game. The curriculum needs a rehash, s...
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