So remember how I mentioned that I have an intern this quarter? Well, she's awesome. It has been SO GREAT to have someone to talk through ideas with. Two brains are better than one, that's for sure! We just finished a killer CI-friendly introduction to -AR preterite verbs (since I am backtracking and trying to … Continue reading La muchacha y la ardilla Script
I have my very first ever student teacher!! (Well, I guess they are called 'interns' around here, but you know what I mean.) Her name is Julia, and she is super fabulous. She just spent...a long time (a semester maybe?) with an awesome French/Spanish TPRS teacher at a high school in our city, so she … Continue reading The Name Game
Unfortunately for me, 'backward planning' usually means doing things backward: as in the wrong order. I have never had a systematic way of introducing past tenses to my students, and so their knowledge of it is always somewhat spotty. They leave my Spanish II class able to interpret the past tense with ease, but their … Continue reading Introducing the Preterite
This document (fully editable and free!!) is what I use to formally introduce conjugation to my first-year Spanish students. I have a verb chart on my wall that I refer to all.the.time for pop-up grammar, and this document gives the students a place to try out the spelling changes on their own.
Here is another idea brought to you by the seductively fun Deb Abshier. She brought a version of this activity to share with our class on Wednesday night, and I love it! The possibilities are endless, but it is very important that you set it up correctly. (MAKE SURE YOU CLICK HERE TO READ THIS … Continue reading Jigsaw Puzzle
Watch out, world! I'm about to post a string of seductively fun ideas from the brilliant mind of Mrs. Debra Abshier! She is a Spanish teacher at another middle school in our district, and not only is she a fountain of ideas, but she is HILARIOUS. If you attended the ACTFL Conference this year, you … Continue reading First Person Practice
Our school is holding a "Literacy Night" on Friday evening. The goal of the evening is to provide fun, literacy-based enrichment activities for our students and their families. It will be running alongside our 6th Grade Orientation, which (as an Elective teacher) is my opportunity to recruit new students for my program. My challenge was … Continue reading Literacy Night, Take 1
Finding a maternity substitute was, for me, not unlike any classic tale of unrequited love. I was "enamored" by several of my options, only to find them uninterested, unavailable, or snatched out from under me by dazzling offers of full-time positions (Emily!). I began to think that there was no other option but to turn … Continue reading Grammar Targets for Spanish I
I wrote this version of Little Red Riding Hood last year as a preterite practice for my students. It includes comprehension questions and a follow-up grammar activity that focuses on the verb forms. Sherry in PA found the activity on my website www.martinabex.com and created an ActivInspire Flipchart to accompany it. Her website also has super … Continue reading Caperucita Roja
Here is a project that you can use while studying the imperfect past tense. Basically, students create an imaginary animal that is now extinct and describe it. My students receive a Citizenship grade (effort/on time?) and a Writing grade for the project. Notes for the imperfect can be downloaded here.