jam-packed sessions full of valuable information to over 140 participants from all over the US (and even from Switzerland). She was extremely gracious and kind and humorous too (bonus!).
I didn’t want to come off as a creepy stalker so I limited my interactions with her to an introduction and a selfie, which turned out quite wonderful if I do say so myself. I hope that if she ever reads this post, or my blog in general, she will know how influential she has been in regards to my teaching career and making the switch to TPRS® and CI.
So, after my initial, “OMG that’s really her and OMG I’m really here!” moment, I got down to the business of trying to soak up every bit of information that came my way. Since my head is still processing all the information (yes, 5 days later!), I’m going to list 5 main takeaways of information that stood out to me to be essential and relevant when it comes to comprehensible input as I understood it.
Disclaimer: To reiterate, these are my “notes” from the information provided as I understood them.
Ultimately, if you ever have a chance to see Martina Bex at a workshop, Do It! The amount of information, tips and tricks to create impactful CI units, and experience that she encompasses are invaluable. For her to impart such knowledge is a genuine treat. I can say I am well-prepared to continue my CI journey, and I feel pumped about it. No matter where any teacher is on his or her CI journey, there is always something new to learn. I was happy that I walked away with tons of new perspectives.
In a nutshell, I am grateful and blessed that I could attend this workshop. And after two days of cramming my brain full of great information and fresh ideas, it was time to leave. You know there’s just no place like home!
Important Note: The hashtag for the workshop was #CIwizards. Search this hashtag if you want to see what others have posted via twitter.
I woke up this morning feeling super pumped about the Follow the Comprehensible Road to Proficiency workshop being given by Martina Bex that’s happening in just three days! This 2-day conference in upstate New York is focused on how to infuse a range of Comprehensible Input (CI) strategies into one’s respective, existing curriculum(s). At a time where CI strategies and methodologies are being explored and spreading like wildfire, it’s important to really understand the “why’s,” “how’s,” and what’s” of CI as Ms. Bex puts it.
I’m also super pumped because it has been a while since I have been to a conference. If you are a conference-goer, you know how much excitement, knowledge, and fun conferences can be! Additionally, there’s such a rush when a group of like-minded professionals get together and explore this whole CI thing together. I’ve missed this, especially since last year I was not a Spanish teacher. This conference is also happening at a great time—late in the summer (leaving plenty of time to plan), but close enough to when school starts.
In regards to Ms. Bex, I have followed her blog for many years and have been using her resources throughout my teaching career. Her SOMOS curriculum really helped me out when I was transitioning to be a more TPRS® and CI oriented teacher. Thankfully, I met Blaine Ray and his son Von Ray during the TPRS® conferences that I have attended. Now I really look forward to meeting Ms. Bex in person and learning her tips and tricks firsthand.
Currently, I am working on planning my school year (big picture/units) so that I am better organized and have a more complete idea of what I am going to cover and when I am going to cover it before the conference begins. I look forward to receiving wonderful new insight on the how by attending the conference. A goal this year is to have units that are infused with more culture. Therefore, I look forward to creating more culturally rich materials and resources.
Eek! I can’t wait! I'll tweet conference highlights and moments.
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It's confession time
Ya'll, I have something to tell you. I've missed you! This past year I was not a Spanish teacher; I was a Special Education teacher/Case Manager. Not teaching Spanish for an entire school year made me realize how much I truly missed it and how passionate I am about it! Even though teaching special education was rewarding, I knew that my heart truly ached to go back to teaching Spanish. So, I put in for a transfer in the hopes that I'd pick up a Spanish teacher position somewhere in my county. And guess what? Not only was I offered a transfer, I was offered a transfer to the very high school that I graduated! And to top that off, I was offered the Department Chair position to boot!
Even though last week was my first week of summer vacation, I've already started planning for next year—I am truly type ‘a’ when it comes to this sort of thing. Consequently, I began to immerse myself back into the world language community (specifically #langchat)—and it was as if I had never left. Seriously, the amount of sharing, giving, caring, and support that teachers have provided for each other is nothing short of absolute wonder.
As I am reading tons of blogs and connecting on twitter, I am inspired by my colleagues to share my resources and experiences as well. In fact, that is a huge reason for why I started blogging in the first place: to join the conversation and add my voice. And of course, the more voices the better! Creating and maintaining a collaborative environment is necessary: we improve and become better educators and people by lifting others.
paying it forward
Personally, having such a strong sense of community pushes me to continue learning, sharing, and improving my practice. In short, I am thankful! And when you are thankful, you share.
For those of you who are using Gran Hotel this school year, here is a (free) resource that I created to use with my Spanish I's (in case El Internado doesn't work out). Also, check out my additional free resources here.
If you like this resource or any other, please leave feedback (on TPT). I’d love to hear from you! And as always, catch me on Twitter to connect.