My first year of teaching I made it a priority to go to Home Depot and get the shower board cut into perfect rectangles so my students could have individual white boards for use. I love using them for quick formative assessments. I usually give the students 1 minute to doodle and write their name … Continue reading Classroom/Student White Boards
Week 3. I made it! We are finally past those first few days of the awkward "we don't know each other but I want you to speak Spanish for me" and into the let's get to work and build on last year! In Spanish 3 I am in my fourth year of reviewing by using … Continue reading La gran aventura de Alejandro
A new teacher (year 1!!) across the hall from me is stressed out about the beginning of the school year. Besides the fact she has a bunch of cases being piled on her (yes, she is an intervention specialist and yes, I give her mad props), she also had a terrible student teaching experience for … Continue reading The best decorations are…
Two weeks from today will be the first day of the school year! Things are coming together well with my Spanish 2 selfie unit (thanks again Laura Terrill) with a colleague of mine. Spanish 3 will be starting off with a novel - La gran aventura de Alejandro. Hopefully the 4th time is a charm … Continue reading Spanish 4 – El internado (again)
Tonight's plan was to just relax and continue watching Netflix's Bloodline - but I got distracted doing research on teaching with El Internado. Like everyone else, I have been pulling ideas and materials from a variety of sources - the most useful appear to be the following: Mis clases locas blog Kara Jacob's post Dustin … Continue reading El Internado in Spanish IV
I am at that point in the summer where my vacations are over and it is time to start REALLY thinking about the upcoming year. With my move to a new school (but one I taught at previously) I am back to 3 preps - Spanish 2, 3, & 4. A good friend & colleague … Continue reading Icebreakers 2k16 & the start of planning
Okay so step one of my summer plan is complete! Loosely based off of Martina Bex's first day seating I created my own - a little more upper level! I used Spanish "chistes" pictures and English translations of the words/conversations on notecards. So when the students come to class, I give them a card with the English … Continue reading Seating cards for first day of school!