The 2019 California Language Teacher Association conference was a blast! I thoroughly enjoyed networking with so many passionate and driven teachers, both in my own 6-hour training and in the conference in general. This year, I gave a full-day session titled, "Creating a 100% Student-Centered Classroom - Interactive Workstations" and provided teachers with opportunities to experience learner-led learning for themselves. After spending all morning in a classroom-like environment in which participants worked through a series of five workstations, we spent the afternoon discussion our findings and questions, as well as working on developing out own student-centered learning environments. Participants started the afternoon in a whole-group discussion, and then ended by writing norms for student-led work and drafting workstations to take back to their classrooms.
Below, take a look at the slides from my presentation to get a better idea of how we spent the day. Additionally, click here to access the instructional materials participants got to try in our hands-on instructional experience.
For this workstation sample, your job is to select a sample teaching and learning video from below to analyze. I have included sample videos from both primary and secondary contexts. Through the lens of autonomous student-centered learning in the world-language classroom, please answer one of the following questions in a comment response to this blog post.
Check out my latest conference presentation under the "Presentation and Publications" heading! Click here to see the resources and content of my talk on metacognition in the target language. Thanks to all who attended and participated in my presentation in Anaheim.
The culminating celebration of our great success in 2018 was a community-based Mexican Posada on December 16th, 2017.
I passed my classes and have completed the required final portfolio in order to earn a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
While at Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service, where I studied foreign service and Latin American studies, I took only a handful of education-related courses.
Time has flown since my last entry! I am happy to report that I am safe and sound in good ol' Encinitas. Moreover, I have begun a new role as a Spanish Two and Three teacher with Guajome Park Academy, a charter high school in Vista, California.