Comprehensible Input, Interpersonal communication, Listening Strategy, Spanish class, World Language Activities

Virtually Speaking: How To Turn Up the Volume In Class!

Our virtual classrooms can resemble a high-security vault in where the only thing you hear is yourself breathing. What if I told you, it did not have to be like this? Well, it's true! There are ways that we can motivate students to talk online, and have a great time doing it!

Comprehensible Input, Spanish 1 Activities

Estate Tranquil@: Don’t teach the verb Estar; Rather Use It for Real Communicative Purposes in Your Classroom

Sometimes we fret over how to teach, or how students will learn some of those high-frequency structures in Spanish. I remember a few years ago, I just could not fit it all in. It was tiring. However, developing a more CI approach to my curriculum, has freed up a lot of bandwidth, encouraging creative twists… Continue reading Estate Tranquil@: Don’t teach the verb Estar; Rather Use It for Real Communicative Purposes in Your Classroom

Student voice and choice, World Language Activities

Adding Student Voice and Choice To An Already Set Curriculum: ¡Sí se puede!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur5AX25CkiQ&t=3s It’s undeniable that student voice, choice and interest must be the bread and butter of the curriculum. Just think, if your administrators or superintendent polled teachers before rolling out new systems and/or protocols… the education system would be debugged, optimized, and a potential maximizer! Student success would be at an all-time high. Okay, that… Continue reading Adding Student Voice and Choice To An Already Set Curriculum: ¡Sí se puede!

Spanish class, Thematic Units

A Jamming Success! Teaching Holiday Traditions in a Time-crunched Spanish class!

Today was a jam session two days before Winter Break! We had a full house, and I hope they enjoyed the festivities. One of the things I love about Jamboard (a new collaborate feature from Google), is that I can assign student work, and monitor it at simultaneously. It's like having communal work time. This… Continue reading A Jamming Success! Teaching Holiday Traditions in a Time-crunched Spanish class!

Listening Strategy, Spanish class

Listen up! Listening Strategies for Interpretative Tasks

My students constantly reported struggling with listening tasks; this has become the Krytonite in our language program. No matter how many times students would hear a conversation or audio, it was very challenging for them to comprehend. So I decided to approach listening differently in my class. Check out the video for more details. Notes… Continue reading Listen up! Listening Strategies for Interpretative Tasks

Remote Learning World Language

Mind The Gap: An Energy-preserving Teaching Strategy for Virtual Learning & Beyond!

Mind The Gap As we go into next week, I felt compelled to share this energy-preserving teaching strategy that has saved me my sanity and preserved my energy. It's super simple: Create a gap space between classes, especially when they are back-to-back. We get so carried away wanting to instruct to the very last minute… Continue reading Mind The Gap: An Energy-preserving Teaching Strategy for Virtual Learning & Beyond!

Comprehensible Input, Spanish 1 Activities

Quick Communicative Wins with Novice-Low Students

I am finally learning to have fun on the virtual playground. It is a mix of “Ya está” and, well, just making that good old-fashioned lemonade. Although there is no comparison (similar to real ice-cream, versus the soy variety), I am learning to leverage the right tools to get students talking, laughing, and having temporary… Continue reading Quick Communicative Wins with Novice-Low Students

Remote Learning World Language

Virtual Reality Survivor’s Guide To Teaching Remote!

Ready to Work! Last week was my first week of school and I thought it was going to end up much like the picture below. I had heard the stories, seen the posts, read the vents along with the parade of retirement announcements. To quote Gloria Gaynor, at first I was afraid, I was petrified… Continue reading Virtual Reality Survivor’s Guide To Teaching Remote!

Comprehensible Input, Spanish CI Readers, Spanish class, Thematic Units

Divide and Conquer: Digital Resources that Add Some Jazz to Class!

Well, we have two new resources in the Teaching Spanish Made Easy family! Check them out! And best of all, you can use for remote instruction or face to face! I love writing and even more so short stories. These are my new ones out the gate. First up we have "Mi vida es un… Continue reading Divide and Conquer: Digital Resources that Add Some Jazz to Class!