Relevant & Simple PD

ISTE standard 3a for Coaches refers to the importance of establishing trusting respectful coaching relationships that encourage educators to explore new instructional strategies. In order for coaches to earn trust and respect, they must consider and support educators’ interests first. Trust and respect take time to develop, but inspiration can be kindled in an instant. […]

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How can online discussion forums inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world?

Besides being a Spanish language teacher, for the last three years I have hosted and co-coached a VEX Robotics team. Every time I learn a new ISTE standard, I think of how VEX Robotics exemplifies that standard. ISTE Standard for Educators 3 addresses how “Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in […]

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MasteryPaths provide environments that accommodate learner variability, and foster learner-driven activities.

Traditionally, curriculum and course modules have consisted of a linear path that all students follow. This linear path to learning is especially true and prevalent in face-to-face lecture style classrooms, where all students are presented with the same content at the same time. Even online, many courses continue to follow a linear path where all […]

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Research on digital tools for the World Language classroom

Since I began teaching in 2002, I have seen spurts of enthusiasm guide the adoption of new teaching tools and materials, many of which soon become abandoned. Innovation and experimentation have permeated the teaching profession for centuries. This was true from the beginning of formal education in the United States when Horace Mann saw uncharted […]

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CREATING A COLLABORATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN CANVAS

I have used CANVAS as a student in several college classes, but I have not used it as a teacher in a Spanish high school class. This school year, when teachers had to teach remotely, the school district where I worked adopted CANVAS as the one and only LMS. Before the pandemic, each teacher was […]

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Improving Reading Comprehension Skills in World Language

Introduction This is a ONE DAY, 1 hr lesson.  In this activity, students select reading material of their choice in the target language (Spanish). Traditionally, in the face-to-face classroom, students choose a book or reading material from the classroom library. Sometimes students may read independently, with a partner, or they have a choice. Students are […]

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Teaching ISTE standards and 21st century skills through scholastic journalism

The American Press Institute defines journalism as “the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities.” A school newspaper can be the product of a combination of project-based learning from classrooms and school groups. It could inform the school, families, the community and the world […]

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Fitting Problem-Based Learning in the Traditional School System

ISTE Standard for Students, the Innovative Designer, contains that “students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.” The videos from ISTE playlist regarding standard 4 show examples of problem-based learning where students use a variety of technologies within a design process […]

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Guiding students through the journey of digital curation

A key role for teachers is providing opportunities for students to reflect on their learning process in order to improve learning outcomes (ISTE standard for students 1a). With this in mind, I investigated the criteria that should be included in the creation of a rubric that will help students evaluate their skills and progress related […]

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Getting over Grading

High school teachers need to define their grading criteria before the course starts. Grading is explained in the syllabus, presented to students, and shared with parents in the first week of classes. Determining what and how learning will be assessed are the first steps in the backwards design process described in Understanding by Design (2005). […]

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