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Post Conference Reflection – FLAM Conference 2022

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / October 17, 2022 /

The 2022 FLAM (Foreign Language Association of Missouri) Conference recently ended. After a bit of time to reflect on the conference, I wanted to share some thoughts and resources. First, it was a fantastic conference. From the presenters, keynote speaker, facilities, social events, food and overall “flow” and logistics of it, the conference was great.…

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FLAM Conference 2022 – Before the Conference

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / October 3, 2022 /

We are week away from the 2022 FLAM (Foreign Language Association of Missouri) Conference at Washington University in St. Louis. Here is the link to register and check out the conference program: https://www.flamnet.org/general-3 It will be a great opportunity for professional growth and to (re)connect with colleagues, as we are back together face-to-face. Plus, to…

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A Few Quick and Easy-to-Implement Activities

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / September 6, 2022 /

I know that we hit the ground running on day one of the school and it doesn’t seem to let up until the following summer. I also know that it can be difficult to design and implement new activities and lessons as the school year races by. So, I thought I would share just a…

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The “S” Lens and World Languages

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / June 27, 2022 /

As, I have written before, one of the aspects of education that I truly enjoy is collaboration. I enjoy meaningful and effective collaboration, because we deepen our knowledge and understanding of our field, and we also bring new ideas to the forefront and create new paths to explore. With that said, I wanted to further…

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Adventures in Language – Growing as a Teacher – Podcast

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / June 8, 2022 /

I really enjoyed being a guest on the Mango Languages podcast “Teaching Languages Today”. Emily Rae Sabo, PhD is fantastic and we had a great conversation. We addressed things like, how do your connections with students evolve across your career? Why do some grow out of the profession? And how can we address teacher burnout…

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Fostering Classroom Community via ‘The Special Person’ Interview

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / May 23, 2022 /

I teamed up with Bryce Hedstrom (brycehedstrom.com) at the Voces Digital “Weekly Wednesday Webinar” to give a presentation entitled: Fostering Classroom Community and Understanding via ‘The Special Person’ Interview. Link to the video recording: here Link to my presentation: here I really enjoy the activities presented in this webinar. They are great ideas how to…

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Americans in Dresden: Top 10 Highlights

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / April 25, 2022 /

I was doing research for something I was working on when I came across some intriguing articles about how Dresden, Germany was, at one time, both a home to a sizable American expat community and a European destination for American travelers. I was unaware of this, and it piqued my curiosity. So, I deviated from…

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Stuttgart Oral History Project

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / April 2, 2022 /

I thought I would pass this along.  I recently participated in the Stuttgart Oral History Project through the Missouri Humanities organization.  It was a great experience, and I am glad that I was able to share my story. I am connected to both St. Louis in Stuttgart. I grew up (and still reside) in the…

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Food, History and Terms

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / March 25, 2022 /

Missouri Humanities is a terrific organization with many great programs that explore people, stories, places, and events throughout Missouri’s rich and diverse history while also focusing on the future. Check it out here:  https://mohumanities.org/ I recently attended an event called “Think-N-Drink” through the Missouri Humanities organization. This is a series of events to engage Missourians in…

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Numbers Brain Breaks

By Eric Richards Instructional Consulting, LLC / February 28, 2022 /

I came across these brain breaks on Bryce Hedstrom’s blog. With his permission, I am sharing them here as resource for language teachers. (I should mention that I did the German version of these puzzles.) These brain breaks are fun, quick and my students enjoyed doing them. They reinforce numbers in the target language and…

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