Many of us pursued a career as a Spanish teacher because at some point we became connected to a Spanish speaking culture. Maybe we were born into one, maybe we traveled, maybe we studied abroad, maybe we met a cute guy at a salsa lesson and now we're married and have a pile of salsa-dancing … Continue reading #UnidosPorPuertoRico Materials for Spanish teachers
"Oh no you didn't!" "Oh yes I did!" Since I know how much all of my dear teacher friends LOVE the fidget spinner trend, I figured I would help all of y'all out and create some resources in Spanish so that you can spend even MORE class time talking about them! You're welcome, you're welcome. … Continue reading Los fidget spinners: FREE reading in Spanish and #authres activities
Today and tomorrow (May 9-10, 2017) is the annual Teachers Pay Teachers sale, and I want to share with you some of my favorite teacher-authors so that you can stock up on materials from their stores!! While many of us sell complete units on TpT that we have created for our own classes, there is … Continue reading Food Unit in Spanish
The class videos are in and they.are.AMAZING! I don't even have words to describe the...umm...yeah I can't even think of a good adjective for them. 18 classes ended up submitting videos for the Paloma Blanca music video competition, and I could not be more happily horrified with the results. It took me a few days … Continue reading Paloma Blanca submissions: Watch and vote!!
Lots of news stories around here, lately! Whether you have subscribed to EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS, plan to subscribe next year, or are using the free articles about the Ecuador earthquake, Gianina's fundraiser "Art for Ecuador", or the tragic death of Dayko, you are probably wondering what to do with all of these current … Continue reading How can I use news stories in class?
As most of you know, I'm not teaching at this phase of my life..although I will be teaching for a few hours on one day in a couple weeks for the annual Kids 2 College program...I'm saving up my energy already! Teaching is exhausting!! Since Millie joined the family six weeks ago, time for me to work … Continue reading What I’ve been working on lately
So you want to use authentic resources in your language class. Where do you start? CHOOSE A RESOURCE THAT YOU CAN HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND. This interview is incomprehensible for a Novice. There is just way too much language! The time and frustration that it would take them to sort through it all to find answers … Continue reading Comprehensify-ing #authres
My French journey continues! After adapting the first two units of my Level 1 curriculum into French with translations from Julia Ullman and help from Karen Oberlander and Megan Murphy late last year, I finally sat down this week to work on Unit 3. I wish it hadn't taken me so long! I just read a … Continue reading Learning French with authentic resources
Here are five great Cinco de Mayo resources that I've found around the Web. Coming off of a lively #authres conversation during #langchat (that I read post-facto), I want to clarify what makes a 'great resource' in my mind: A great resource is interesting [or it can be made interesting] That's it. If it's interesting, I'll find a way to … Continue reading Cinco for El Cinco
Happy 2015, friends! We celebrated in the car on the way home from a New Year's party, since the kids made it to 11:30 but would not last one minute longer. Maybe next year! For now, my New Year's resolution is to sit down with my husband and make family resolutions for the year. I'm hoping that life will continue … Continue reading ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!