August 2014 - Island Teacher

Preparing for Back to School in Spanish Class

The time has arrived! You know what I'm talking about! It's officially back to school time. This past week was spent organizing my classroom, attending all the fun meetings, and beginning to wrap my head around the school year. First on the check list was to un-hurricane proof my classroom. Yes, this is an island teacher problem. Every year when school ends in June everything must be wrapped or boxed and moved (as much a possible) towards interior walls. Luckily, we haven't had any first hand hurricane experience since living here, but we still prepare every year. 

Here's a before and after classroom collage!

The interesting thing about my school campus is that it was previously a small apartment complex. It has a pool, which is really cool, but it also has really small classrooms for some of the grades/subjects. I'm thinking my classroom was probably someone's living room at one! It is definitely small and can fit about 10 desks comfortably. Our maximum class size is 14! Yes, a shocker coming from the US for sure! For my classes that have more than 10 students, I just travel to their class to teach my Spanish lesson.


6 Ways to Use Task Cards in Spanish Class

Task cards?! Have you heard of them? Chances are, if you are a secondary teacher, you may not have (or maybe I was just living under a rock!). Task cards are just like the name suggests, a set of cards containing various questions or tasks for students to complete. They are extremely popular for elementary grade levels and seem to be increasing in popularity for secondary as well. 


A New Year and A New Blog Direction

Wow! I cannot tell you how excited I am! Today is the first day of a new direction for my blog.  You see, way back when I started my original blog 2 years ago, I wasn't familiar with the awesome world of teacher blogging. I started a blog to keep friends, family, and other online info seekers up to date with the move I made from a small town in Georgia to Grand Cayman in the Caribbean. My blogging "career" was pretty short-lived though...until NOW. :) Over the past 6 months, I have discovered this new (to me) world of teacher blogging and I've really enjoyed reading about what is going well (or sometimes not so well) for teachers all over the world! I went back and forth on whether to start a new blog or just convert my old blog. Ultimately, I just decided to change the name and convert my old blog. The posts from the previous 2 years share a bit about how I came to be an island teacher and a little about life on the island. They go along with who I am, so I decided to let them stay. To go along with the new direction, I have brand new blog look by Kristy Bear Designs. She was absolutely fabulous to work with, thanks Kristy!

As I'm about to enter my third year as an island teacher, I'm looking forward to sharing about teaching, life on an island, and todas las aventuras en mis clases de español. In 3 days it's back to school for me where I'll give up lingering over morning cups of tea here

to working on actually implementing some new ideas I've been researching this summer. Hint below: :)
Looking forward to a great school year!

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