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!