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This week (Wednesday to Wednesday) has been a whirlwind of first days with different classes – over the last 7 days, I have seen all of my classes, met all the new students, and welcomed back all of the returning students. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but after a few days, I’m starting… Read More First Day with 3rd – 8th Grade
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