¡Hola y bienvenidos!
I am Elizabeth L. Dentlinger. I teach at a middle and high school Spanish teacher in a small public school in Iowa.
This blog records my attempts to become a better Spanish teacher. I began humbly by adding authentic readings to my lessons (songs, infographics, etc.). I utilize and fully believe in TPRS/CI methodologies. However, I have recently learned about ACTFL’s IPA model and learned more about the proficiency levels. I continue to teach using TPRS/CI methodologies, but I have a new interest in trying to figure out how I can fuse everything together.
I am originally from Muskegon, Michigan and received my B.S. from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan in May 2011. I am certified to teach Spanish and English/Language Arts in both Iowa and Michigan, and I am also certified for Speech in Michigan. I recently added a Talented and Gifted Teaching Endorsement through Morningside College. I am currently completing my Master’s of Education in World Language Instruction at Concordia College and taking various Spanish courses at the graduate level in order to be able to teach at the community college level.
My true passion in life, aside from teaching Spanish, is traveling the world. I got married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I have been to Mexico a handful of other times, once to France, and lived abroad in Spain for five months. I made friends with a Spanish family and have been back to visit them a few times since. My Spanish family has also come to visit me and I played tour guide to America. We saw the local West Michigan towns, as well as the Windy City and the Big Apple. It was a great experience helping my Spanish family discover my home country. Most of my most recent travels were to Guatemala, Belize and Toledo, Spain with students. I am fortunate to work with a colleague that created a two year travel abroad cycle.
When I am not in the classroom, improving my teaching or traveling, I can be found spending time with my family, cooking, or crafting. My crafts of choice include, but are not limited to: quilts, photography, vinyl wall decals, and sewing in general. I am even more fond of Pinterest as I look for inspiration!
This is my public record of my journey to become part of the online FL teacher community, and to become a better teacher myself.
I’d love to connect and collaborate with you through this blog or one of the following platforms:
- Twitter: @SraDentlinger
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- Teachers Pay Teachers: Sra Dentlinger
Besos y abrazos,