What One Teacher Did When He Realized His Kids Weren’t Learning

How an Award Winning Teacher Went from Failure to Fantastic

failing to fantastic

When he started teaching, high school Spanish teacher, Matt Miller had a dirty secret: His students couldn’t speak Spanish. He didn’t want anyone to know. But he came to a breaking point. Learn what Matt did in a fit of frustration and the incredible results his students achieved.

Matt says teachers shouldn’t mindlessly run through the curriculum but should have a method. His method includes less textbook and other types of resources.

Matt tells his secret for getting students really engaged and excited about Spanish or any second language. We also discuss Kristy Cooper‘s mixed methods study, Eliciting Engagement in the High School Classroom, and how these principles explain why Matt seems to engage students so much.

Who is Matt Miller?

Matt Miller@jmattmiller  is a Spanish teacher at Turkey Run High School. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. Matt is a Google Certified Teacher, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator and Bammy! Awards nominee. He writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. Pick up Matt’s book Ditch that Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom or listen to his show Hooked!

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2 thoughts on “What One Teacher Did When He Realized His Kids Weren’t Learning

  1. I think language learning is the first place where you should ditch the text book. A book will never teach anyone to speak. The Grammar Translation method was official discredited long ago. We have so many opportunities for students to actually communicate with native speakers, using technology as the tool.

  2. Facinating Stuff. As A preservice teacher, I am very interested in how to keep my students interested. I remember as a student I had a hard time maintaining my interest in a foreign language. I wish that my teacher had followed some of this advice