We almost always start on a Wednesday and that makes the first day of school a Spanish Day for our 1st and 2nd Graders. This is always a joy filled time for me because 1st and 2nd grade are so much fun to teach and to be with. In the past I have begun class… Read More First Day with 1st-3rd Grade
Priority #1: Culture of TL in the Classroom Confession Time: The biggest regret that I have as a teacher is how much L1 gets used in the classroom. I can do a great job of talking to the students in the TL during a story or an activity, but I can’t seem to get them… Read More 2019-20 Curriculum Shakeup, Part 1
In the past, I was not the biggest fan of using MovieTalk. I have had trouble with getting students to engage without complaining that we’re stopping the movie every few seconds to describe what is happening. But at ACTFL 2018, I saw a few different presentations that had a variation of the MovieTalk structure. In… Read More MovieTalk Activity: El Hombre Elegante
Before we get into definitions and explanations, I just want to remind everyone that I am not an expert at this. I am writing this to share the successes and challenges I encounter as I try new things and show other teachers that doing these kinds of things in your classroom is not only possible… Read More Non-Targeted Comprehensible Input? In Elementary?!?
Edi el elefante and Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro As I have written about before, I started using novels this year. And I can honestly say that during the first 3 months of 2019, there has been a renewed interest in Spanish class for me and for my students. I haven’t had this much excitement… Read More Takeaways: Using Novels For the First Time
Lately, I have been reading a lot of dismaying posts by teachers who are frustrated or having trouble with their classes. This is an especially hard time of the year. But I implore you to keep at it. Keep coming in day after day and teaching your heart out. You may ask me, “How can… Read More Flowing with the current
Starting a novel One of my goals for 2019 was to start a novel with one grade and see how it goes. I have been teaching a novel in my 6th grade classes for the last 3 weeks (2 days a week) and I am loving it! We are currently reading Brandon Brown Quiere Un… Read More “This is What We’ve Been Training For:” Using Novels in My Spanish Classroom