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
As luck would have it, mice began to seek shelter from the harsh Alaska winter just a few weeks before midterms back in 2012. I saw them everywhere! Running across my kitchen counters, scampering along the walls of my living room, and dashing under the shelves each time that I opened my garage door. Since … Continue reading Mouse in the house!
Hello, world, from the great city of Winnipeg! I am having so much fun on vacation exploring Winnipeg working here in Manitoba with a group of German teachers. Different than in the U.S., Spanish is not the most commonly taught world language in Canada, and so I was able to do a demo IN SPANISH and still give … Continue reading Winnipeg…and a Spanish demo!
I need to make an FAQ page. Here is one that came through today: ...I was looking at your website and I was curious if you teach the "nosotros" or "ustedes" forms in Spanish 1. If so, is there a certain unit in which you teach it? Thanks! The answer is, "YES, absolutely!" I don't … Continue reading Teaching other verb forms – a reading for Spanish 1!
For the second year in a row, I participated in a local "Kids 2 College" program. It's a day when local 5th graders visit the community college and take college classes so that they can see what college is like. The funny thing is that I teach the Spanish classes, and I am not the Spanish professor … Continue reading A simple story for beginning language students
It has been a long time since I have mentioned Grow Story Grow on this blog--years, maybe! As we near the end of the year (today was the last day of classes here in Anchorage, yahoo!) and teachers are thinking about what to change and what materials to order for the 2014-2015 school year, I want … Continue reading Grow Story Grow! Revisited
Talk about a labor of love. I have been working on putting together the final touches on my "El Secreto" storytelling unit for Spanish II for literally months. It has taken the back burner to a series of other projects, but I finally sat down tonight, determined to complete it. The unit is designed to target Irregular … Continue reading El Secreto unit plans
I got to teach Spanish today! It was super fun and super exhausting--and I only taught two-20 minute classes. Phew! How did I used to do this every day!? Mat-Su Community College has an annual "Kids 2 College" day where local fifth graders spend a day at the college and take classes. None of the kids had … Continue reading Wants, has, says
My weekend project is tidying up a document in which I list, categorize, and link all of the story activities that I've done/do. This means that I need to make sure that I have a specific post for each of them! You may have read about this in my lesson plan overviews for Houdini or … Continue reading Sound Effects Read-aloud
After reading Esperanza with my classes last year, I've been meaning to work up some more resources on Central American 'Chicken Buses'. My kids enjoyed learning about them so much! It took awhile for me to find good video resources on them (there are a lot of low-quality 'home videos'), but I got there! This song is … Continue reading Chicken Bus Song