The How and Why of Music in My Classroom

About a week ago, I was conversing on Twitter about how much I love incorporating music into my classroom, and teaching my students a song of the week. Wendy lamented that she doesn’t feel like she has enough French music with usable structures to do a song of the week. I couldn’t make any suggestions, but it…

Travel Unit Intro

It’s a strange time of year. We’re close to the end of the school year, and it’s graduation testing time, so for 3 days a week for 3 weeks, we’re on shortened schedules, with 2 normal days mixed in. Add prom on top of that, and I have a perfect storm of inattentive and worn out…

Manía Musical de Marzo: The Results

One of my (newish) favorite things about this time of year is Musical March Madness! I love the idea, and implemented it for the first time this year. It went really well. The kids were so into it! It was a good break from learning new songs every week, but in the last couple of…

New Lesson Plans, One Week Later

Last week, I made a bit of a splash. I’ll admit, I’m kind of proud, but mostly, I’m amazed. My last post, which was really just me reflecting on things that other people have already blogged about, ended up generating (with some retweets and mentions from some awesome people on twitter) in one day almost 6…

Family Members, Year 2

Last year, I shared some successful activities I did with introducing family member vocab. This year, I couldn’t make those same plans happen. I’m in the middle of a move, so my out-of-school life has been pretty hectic lately. Also, because I was hoping that my move would be over by now, the props I used…

Not a Research Paper

I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post! I feel like it was just last week, but my life’s been so busy, both in and out of school, that time has flown! Things are starting to settle down and I’m starting to get excited for Christmas! Last year, I assigned my Spanish…

Free Writes and Novels

In my last post I talked about being happy with making progress, and not feeling pressured to do all the things right now. So now I’m going to follow that up by telling you about the new things I’m trying! However, I am trying these new things because I really feel like they are the right “next…

I Need Do ALL the Things

FVR Timed free-writing Learn the chorus Stories Cloze Circle conversations Group conversations Circumlocution Stations Baile Viernes PBL Genius Hour El Internado Writing & revision Speak more Spanish Most common words Those are just SOME of the things floating around right now that, according to the Internet, I should be doing in my classroom. On top of…

Describing People

It’s been a while! It seems like since the “new” factor of the new school year and my new school have worn off some, I’ve had my nose to the grindstone! I’ve definitely been working hard, and I’m starting to see it pay off! My super quiet Spanish 3 class is starting to open up a little with…

The First Week

As I ended the school year, I outlined some ideas for plans for week 1 of the new year, with plans to come back to them later this summer and revise and finalize. Of course, now that I know I’ll be at a new school, I figured I’d have to some pretty heavy revising, especially…

2 Classes, 1 Period

Next year, due to a variety of circumstances (a nearby high school shutting its doors, students who were scared of all my changes this year who dropped and are now picking up again next year, general influx of people into the area due to gas & oil drilling), I’m going from 75 total students to 127 (as…

Finals Choices

One of my more popular posts so far has been the idea that I shared about giving students choice in their midterms. Since that was a hit, I thought I’d share with you what I’m doing for finals this year. For Spanish 1-3 it’s very similar to midterms. Here are the Google Drive folders, if you…