Comprehensible Input

Student Ownership: Successful Lesson!

Sharing from The Trenches Today was my first day back to full classes, and it went better than I had expected. In fact, one student remarked, “Class was very productive, today.” I really appreciate their assessment of the class flow! After teaching today, I asked myself what was so different? Upon analyzing the components of… Continue reading Student Ownership: Successful Lesson!

Comprehensible Input, Interpersonal communication, Spanish 1 Activities, Thematic Units

Free Special Persons Interview: Always a Winner in My Class!

Good day, teachers! We are all busy, so I will make this quick! I have just revised this Special Persons resource for my students and posted it on Teachers Pay Teachers Store: Teaching Spanish Made Easy! We just finished up our mini-unit on All About Me and this resource was a true hit! Here is… Continue reading Free Special Persons Interview: Always a Winner in My Class!

Comprehensible Input, Spanish Language Reading

Mis libros favoritos en Español: My favorite Books In Spanish (Authentic & Translated)

It’s no secret, I love reading, writing and watching TV. In fact, these hobbies kept me sane during the first wave of the pandemic. For me, reading is always a great way to nurture second language acquisition, and ignite imagination. Since I post incessantly about my pastimes, I have gotten quite a few DMs asking… Continue reading Mis libros favoritos en Español: My favorite Books In Spanish (Authentic & Translated)

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10 Steps to working a short story IPA style in Your Classroom!

Filomena is my new favorite short story! It was written and performed by Theresa Jensen. You can find it on her storytime Youtube channel. The story and all its activities can be found on storylabs.com See the video for the story below and use in your class right away! *Activities for the story are at… Continue reading 10 Steps to working a short story IPA style in Your Classroom!

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

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