Some thoughts on Virtual ACTFL and Blogging

Hey there!  Thanks for stopping by!  I am SUPER excited to be presenting at ACTFL this year.  I am also SUPER sad it won’t be in person!  As we all know, it is really different to teach or present online.  I am honestly a little worried my presentation won’t come off the same virtually. In fact, I KNOW it won’t.  So, if you are reading this after watching my presentation, know that I am sorry and I hope to submit another proposal next year.  When I wrote this proposal, I was still living in the ignorant bliss of not knowing this virus existed…. Ahhhhh…. Those were the days! I really wish I was going to be able to present in person this weekend! I am also glad that lots more people will get to attend this year given they don’t have to travel. I have seen some of the presenters, and they are amazing! I am excited to take a deep breath and enjoy some time watching others teach this weekend.

This year has taught me lots of things I never thought I would need to know.  I have learned how to instruct and engage students virtually.  I have learned we are certainly all replaceable at work.  I have learned some kids work better in person than online AND some work better online.  I have learned how to decontaminate, as not to infect my family when I go home. I have learned to leave school at school. I have learned what self-care is, and I plan to start some kind of routine for this over the breakI have learned so very much about my students’ lives as we discuss things moving through the Stepping Stones Curriculum (Tina puts this out for FREE!!!).

I have also been working for Tina Hargaden in CI Liftoff and the World Language Proficiency Project. This has been a dream come true and I have learned soooo much! I am so grateful for the wisdom and guidance Tina has given me, which I now can apply to my own professional growth.

It has been a busy year, even given the majority has been spent in the confines of my home, and I have not gotten to blogging as much as I would like, so… I am writing it here so that maybe I actually follow through: I will blog at least once a week about something I am doing that could potentially help others get ideas!

There. I said it.

Thank you for stopping by, and please follow me to get some updates as I start actually blogging! 🙂


Author: srakspanish

I have spent 25 years in education. I have taught Spanish, ELA, Social Studies, Science and ESOL in all levels of public school, and even several years at a local community college. I am the Curriculum Director and Lead Instructional Coach for a language learning organization.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: