Category: Classroom Strategies

Episode 20 – Classroom Management

A quick discussion with a fellow teacher at Clearfield High School about the importance of classroom management and different strategies that can be used to get the most out of your students.

Episode 19 – “Cause all I wanna do is go the distance” ~Rocky Balboa

The title says it all.  From Rocky 1 where Rocky is talking with Adrian he says that he doesn’t care if he loses or gets his head smashed in, “cause all I wanna do is go the distance”.  And he goes on to say that no one has EVER gone the distance with Apollo Creed.


Now this is a very dramatic example (and we don’t want anyone getting their head smashed in…but we aren’t boxing, are we?), we all hope that your last term isn’t anywhere near what Rocky had to go through in his first fight with Apollo Creed.  BUT, having said that, our goal as an educator is to make it to the end.  We discuss some ways we try to go about that, as well as how our years are generally planned.

Episode 17 – Take Note, It’s Time to Write!

Well, this is the 3rd of our episodes on the 4 different modalities.  On this episode we explore the writing modality and give some insight into how we work with our students to push them to write more than just what the task asks of them.

Also we ask for help, what do you do in your classroom to push your students to write more in the Intermediate level?

Episode 14 – Competency Based Education part 2

In this episode we continue on with Episode 10 in discussing the merits and reasoning behind moving to a competency based advancement system.

We were lucky to be joined by the Davis School District Superintendent Reid Newey on this episode.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please comment below or send us a message.

Episode 12 – Listen Up !

The first of a 4 part series getting into the different modalities, finding resources, and more!  Remember that when it comes to authentic audio, something is always better than nothing.


Check out some of these resources below to help you find audio texts to continue to build your students skills at decoding and comprehending the spoken word.


Also, if you have any sources that you use regularly to find authentic audio, please leave a comment with the web address.

Episode 10 – Competency Based Education

This episode dives in to a state pilot that Davis School District will begin implementing this next school year where World Language students will not advance in to the next level of class based on seat time, but their advancement up through the levels will depend entirely on their proficiency and ability with the language.  This is a huge undertaking and we will most likely have multiple episodes to help everyone better understand what this will entail.

Today we are joined by Bonnie Flint, our district world language supervisor, and the principal for Clearfield High School, Chris Keime.

Episode 9 – It’s Data, Don’t Take it Personally

In this episode we explore the results of IPAs and assessments in general, and talk about the right and wrong way to approach data.

Episode 7 – Project Based Language Learning

For more information on PBLL, please check out the following links:

Also if you have questions speficially for our guests today, Fermin Soriano-Bautista and Ingrid Campos Montero, please email them at:


Please enjoy this look into the PBLL format which we feel is an amazing way to set up your class by term and even for the year.  As always, if you have any questions comments or concerns about this episode that you’d like us to answer or look in to, please leave a comment below.

BlogPost – Split Level Classes, A Strategic Approach

For episode 6 we will be talking about how we work with classes full of different levels, for example, I teach a class composed of level 3, level 4, year 2 IB ab initio, and AP French speakers.  What do I do, what can we do, to maintain our sanity while still reaching the students and helping them improve their proficiency.

Please leave any questions you may want us to try to address as we record this episode on Wednesday the 15th.  It will be posted Monday the 20th.

Episode 4 – Engagement Strategies

Engagement Strategies by Burt, Lembke, Nance, Welker

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