How to approach teacher work days

How to approach teacher work days Beginner Teacher Series: Part 2

How to approach Teacher Work Days Welcome back to my Beginner Teacher Series! The time to start preparing for the new school year has begun. With less than a month away, the pressure and anxiety of getting curriculum, materials, decor, etc is increasing by the day. If you are working at a school like mine, you will have […]

A Guide to Being a Beginner Teacher: Blog Series

First year teacher series Guide to being a beginner teacher

New to this whole teaching thing? You’ve come to the right place. Hey there, teachers! Whether you’re a beginner teacher or a seasoned pro, welcome to my blog series dedicated just for YOU! No matter your subject area, you’re in the right spot because these posts are for everyone. Every year, I see beginner teachers […]

Costa Rica Itinerary Project

Hola, hola 🙂  I am crushing this whole “1-2” posts a month thing right now and I have been itching to get this one out because I get to talk about and share my favorite project idea I have ever had…..ever!  This project was designed for a Spanish 2+ classroom and contains MANY scaffolds. I […]

Spanish Podcasts in the Classroom

New blog post Podcasts in the classroom

Hey there!  It’s been about a month since my Running Dictation post went a little viral (over 2,000 unique views in a month is viral for this small blog!). While I could probably write a controversial blog post each month filled with hot takes about teaching, I figured it was time to lighten it up around here […]

Spanish Semester Exams For ALL Levels!

Semester Exams for All Levels

It’s officially December! The year is wrapping up and so is the first semester of our language classes. If your school is anything like mine, we give end of semester exams. There are a lot of different ways you can go about giving exams. For me, I prefer to give projects whenever possible.  Don’t get […]

Spilling the tea on #actfl23

Spilling the Tea on ACTFL 23

Last week, I attended the ACTFL 2023 Convention in Chicago! I was a first time attendee and was able to experience things at this conference that I never thought I would get to see. If you have never attended this conference before, you should try to make it happen in your career! I was the […]

Teaching on TL Memory Lane

This past weekend I embarked on my maiden voyage to ACTFL 2024 in Chicago, where I spent countless hours learning from presenters and mingling with internet friends. I also gave my first ACTFL presentation, Teaching on TL Memory Lane, with my wonderful amiga, miss Musicuentos herself, Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell. In December, she asked me if I would listen […]

Play-Doh Connections: Building Community on Day 1 

Hola! The new school year is underway for me! I am teaching Spanish 1 and 2 this year after having just Level 1 for the last year. I typically do not enjoy Level 2 but I am truly excited to teach this group of kids again. They were fantastic last year and I am looking […]

PD for Profes: Professional Development for World Language Teachers!

PD For Profes: PRofessional Development for World Language Teachers I hope this blog post reaches you at a time where the kids are out of your classroom and you are recharging from the insanity that was the 2022-2023 school year. If you are like me, you have been on break for a few days and […]

Conference Season: How to prepare and thrive at a conference like a pro!

Conference Season: How to prepare and Thrive at a World Language Conference Like a Pro! Last week I went to Central States 2023 in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. This was my second Central States conference and my 5th in-person World Language Conference overall and was hands down the best conference I have ever attended. […]

CSCTFL 2023 – #authres in ADI classrooms!

Using #authres in an Aquisition-Driven Instruction Classroom Last week was a DREAM! From being awarded Ohio Beginner Teacher of the Year for the OFLA organization to having dinner with some of the most incredible people from Kansas, #langhcat, and curriculum companies….I really needed someone to pinch me at times! CSCTFL is hands down the best […]

#LangBook Week 2: Input

#LangBook Week 2 Summary

#LangBook Week 2: Input Welcome back to another #LangBook blog post where I write my thoughts about the book Common Ground: Second Language Acquisition goes to the Classroom by Florencia Henshaw and Maris Hawkins. I couldn’t tweet live this week due to parent-teacher conferences but I didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity for reflection and […]

Explore Languages and more at COSI

Explore Languages at COSI

Exploring Languages in Columbus, Ohio It’s been a hot minute…or six months…but still! I could explain why I haven’t blogged in six months in great detail, but I will summarize it in 3 sentences. I was sick all of January and then again in February with Covid and the flu. March and April were mental […]

Top 5 TPT Stores To Shop From This Sale!

Top 5 TPT Stores to Shop This Sale

Thanksgiving is easily one of my favorite holidays for a number of reasons, mainly the food. Before I developed my dairy allergy, my Nana’s chicken and dressing and macaroni salad always adorned my plate, as well as Gaga’s chocolate pudding pie. Now, I am all about my vegan green bean casserole and homemade stuffing. Another […]

Bones or no bones?

If you are on TikTok or have watched the news lately, you have probably heard of the sweetest little pug named Noodle who sometimes has no bones. Noodle’s dad @jongraz is a phenomenal human for blessing the social media world with Noodle’s presence. We all know that if it is a no-bones day, it is […]

Netflix and books?

Literacy in the World Language classroom is a true passion of mine. I could go down a rabbit hole citing the research that justifies how important it is for your students to be reading as early as possible in the target language. Reading, or interpretive reading as we call it in WL, comes in a […]

This is hard.

I sat on the couch on Saturday evening, listening to my husband climb the steps of our apartment outside, knowing that when he entered the door he would most definitely confirm my biggest fear that day. COVID-19 positive. My mind immediately started racing and doing all of the things that I have been prepared to […]

Things in my classroom that just make sense!

Friends, the school year is underway and I am THRIVING (except for my immune system)! This change was so needed and I feel excited to go to work again. The feeling of dread and sadness is gone and was replaced with the jubilation of being a teacher again. My coworkers are the nicest people I […]

My teaching journey: Part 1

Here we go, first real post. It is going to be long so please buckle in. My name is Haylee, the author of this blog (duh, you know that). I want to take you on the journey of how I became a Spanish teacher and how my teaching has evolved over the last 6 years. […]

The #1 Thing You Need As A First Year Teacher

The number one thing you need as a young teacher is... Beginner Teacher Series: Part 1

Hey there! Welcome to a brand new series dedicated to a very specific group of people.  This series is for the first year teachers about to enter the education profession. If you aren’t brand new, by all means please stick around and see what may benefit you here!  So, you just got your first job […]

OFLA 2024 – Authentic Resources

Hey there! If you are visiting this page because you attended my OFLA presentation this year about authentic resrouces, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING!!! There were so many great presentations to choose from so I am so grateful that you chose mine.  If you happened to land here and you didn’t attend, well I […]