OFLTA Spotlight: Oklahoma's "Best of" at ACTFL

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OFLTA offers annual conferences and workshops for K-12, university, and world language education students.

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We offer a network for new world language educators to connect with experienced educators.


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I have taught for 20 years.  During that time, I have taught every grade level and nearly every subject available, even band and PE.  I have taught in private schools and public schools in Texas, Oklahoma, and Guatemala.  I’ve spent the last eight years teaching 7th and 8th grade Spanish at Highland West Jr. High in Moore, Oklahoma.  I attended OFLTA for the very first time nine years ago.  OFLTA opened my mind to greater possibilities.  I became a student of teaching Spanish using best practices, such as comprehensible input, storytelling, TPRS, FVR, and other techniques.  I know without a shadow of a doubt that I would not be the teacher I am today without OFLTA’s influence and guidance.

 As I continue to grow in this profession, I continue to add teaching techniques to my classroom.  Brain breaks was the technique I focused on last year.  I spent the summer researching all types of brain breaks and how to incorporate them in the room.  Since I spent so much time researching brain breaks, I decided to share a workshop with other OFLTA members. It was an honor to be named “Best of Oklahoma.”  This allowed me to share the workshop at SWCOLT.  I couldn’t believe the turnout for this workshop.  I conservatively took 75 copies of my handout with me, and I came home with just 3 copies.  Being at SWCOLT was very inspirational.  I sat in lectures by some of the best World Language teachers in the nation, and I was able to learn from them.  SWCOLT helped me grow even more as a teacher and I can’t wait to use some of what I learned in my room this fall. 

 As I said, some of the nation’s best teachers presented at SWCOLT.  I was shocked when I found out I was “Best of SWCOLT.”  I will present Brain Breaks one more time at ACTFL in November this year.  I am honored and humbled to represent all of the language teachers from OFLTA and SWCOLT.

Diane Portillo

Spanish Teacher

Moore Public Schools


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