“What are some good tech tools?” someone asked. Well…

Someone asked me today about tools I like for language learning/producing/using. There are TONS! But here is a start...of course, you probably know many/all of these and we could go on for days! And...these are great tools for teachers of other subjects--there are content connections everywhere, so feel free to share. I highly recommend FlipGrid … Continue reading “What are some good tech tools?” someone asked. Well…

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Updated: An Open Letter to the Google Classroom Team

Since I published the open letter below, Google Classroom has changed, and the new interface that went live on August 7, 2018 brings a lot that teachers have been asking for. So, just for comparison's, sake, my original open letter is a bit further down. Today's Google Classroom provides teachers with more flexibility to organize … Continue reading Updated: An Open Letter to the Google Classroom Team

Cultivating Learners

Is your class roster full of students or learners? Is there a difference? Yes, and a critical one. For me, “student” is mostly a title, often associated with a young person, most frequently in a classroom setting. It designates the individual as an attendee of a school rather than an employee. One doesn’t have to do anything … Continue reading Cultivating Learners

Impacted: What I learned at ACTFL 2016…and what I am questioning.

I spent the last four days with 8,500 of my closest friends: language educators attending the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. With so many sessions to choose from, I found myself having to choose between several promising descriptions that were scheduled in the same time slot. It turned … Continue reading Impacted: What I learned at ACTFL 2016…and what I am questioning.

Putting the world in world-class education

Connecting our content to meaningful experiences outside of the classroom seems hard. Connecting our students to peers and content experts around the world seems even harder. But if we are serious about providing every student with a "world-class education," then we will have to come to terms with the fact that one of the critical … Continue reading Putting the world in world-class education

It’s time to burst the grading bubble

At the most recent ACTFL convention in San Diego, I had the opportunity to give a small talk. Actually six of us each gave a talk in the style of a TED Talk. They were called "TOY Talks," with TOY standing for Teacher of the Year. I was joined by five other former ACTFL National … Continue reading It’s time to burst the grading bubble

Why I’m not preparing my students for the “real world”

We often hear education experts tell us how important it is to design learning experiences for our students that will prepare them for the "real world." And teacher blogs, conference presentations and tweets are also full of strategies they have developed and implemented to prepare their students for the "real world." By and large, they are good strategies worth exploring … Continue reading Why I’m not preparing my students for the “real world”

UPDATED: Speaking of….speaking (Post 1 in the “Readers Request” Series)

Recently, I decided to ask my readers what they would like me to examine, explore and/or share in my blog. I’m so glad I did. Their ideas have shaped not only the series of posts that I’m launching with this piece, but also allowed me to reflect on aspects of my own practice that could … Continue reading UPDATED: Speaking of….speaking (Post 1 in the “Readers Request” Series)