Drone footage of earthquake damage

There is one week left in our CrowdRise campaign to show students that they CAN make a difference and raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador. Rincon Valley Middle School in California wrapped up their fundraiser today with a smashing $1,005.00 raised! If you are looking for ways to continue talking about the earthquake … Continue reading Drone footage of earthquake damage

Article in Spanish: A rescue dog dies in Ecuador

Faith Laux shared with me a summary that she wrote about the story of a brave rescue dog that gave his life to earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador. She gave me permission to share the story here, and I've written a second, even more simplified summary so that more teachers can use it in their classes. Thank you … Continue reading Article in Spanish: A rescue dog dies in Ecuador

I can make a difference.

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Ecuador was devastated by the worst earthquake to shake its shores in nearly seven decades. One week later, the death toll is at 650, more than 12,000 people are injured, and hundreds are missing. Carol Kovatch's middle school Spanish class in Santa Rosa, California read last week's  special edition of EL MUNDO … Continue reading I can make a difference.

2016-2017 subscription to EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS

Y'all have been asking me if I am going to continue the weekly news summaries in the 2016-2017 school year, and I've been dodgy with my response. I don't think it's actually worth my time, as a stay at home mom, but if I were still in the classroom I would want to be making the time … Continue reading 2016-2017 subscription to EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS

The Curation of Culture

Inspired by Maris Hawkins and feedback from all of you, I decided to undertake the project of finding and summarizing news stories from the Spanish speaking world and publishing them every week. As it turns out, this project is a bit overwhelming! Good and valuable…but overwhelming. Thousands of news stories are published every hour: political … Continue reading The Curation of Culture

Noticias – El 11 de marzo de 2016

From time to time, Maris Hawkins puts together and shares Noticias (news summaries) on her blog. Her noticias are GREAT because they provide comprehensible reading material to students that they can choose to review during Free Voluntary Reading or that the teacher can use as a starting point for class discussion on current events or broader discussion of cultural … Continue reading Noticias – El 11 de marzo de 2016

What does it mean to be Afro-Latino?

Teaching culture to our students is not easy. Culture is complex. It is messy. But it is beautiful, and it is important. We cannot hope that our students will be able to successfully communicate with speakers of the target language without awareness of the target culture. We can’t teach them every subtlety that they will … Continue reading What does it mean to be Afro-Latino?

Current Event: Justin Bieber in Tulum

Whether or not your students are reading Brandon Brown versus Yucatán, I'm sure that you can find a use for this current event! Last week, Justin Bieber visited the ruins in Tulum with his entourage, and they climbed some monuments that are off-limits to tourists. Sound familiar? Brandon Brown, under the influence of his mischievous friend Justin, did … Continue reading Current Event: Justin Bieber in Tulum

Anuncio para la Lotería de Navidad 2015: {free} resource pack!

I just couldn't wait. I love the 2015 commercial so much! I have spent the whole afternoon crying in front of my computer as I watch and re-watch it (probably in part due to pregnancy; but who could say for certain). I put together a resource pack with readings and some extension activities that you can … Continue reading Anuncio para la Lotería de Navidad 2015: {free} resource pack!

The Spanish Christmas Lottery: 2015 Commercial

This year's official commercial for the Spanish Christmas Lottery was released early this morning. Kent House shared it on the iFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching group on Facebook and oh, I am so glad that he did! These commercials make me cry every year. Instead of luck and fortune and indulgence, each year they uphold the values of generosity … Continue reading The Spanish Christmas Lottery: 2015 Commercial