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…

#AuthresAugust

I am currently loving all the #AuthresAugust posts going on! Be sure to check out what Maris, Wendy, Sara-Elizabeth, and Megan have already shared. Rather than share an awesome list of links, here are a few places that I have recently found myself visiting a lot for authres. Sara-Elizabeth already blogged about the wonder that is Twitter, so I…

TV in Class – Making it Compelling

Have you seen this!? How cool is that!? Seriously, that is awesome. I want one. But it’s also kind of scary, right? I mean, from a language teacher’s perspective, anyway, it’s just one more way that the traditional language class is becoming obsolete. I can hear you now – “But that technology is so expensive!” –…

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…

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…

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…

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…

My new favorite song

So I think I may be the last Spanish teacher in the world to discover (and love) Vivir mi vida by Marc Anthony, but just in case you haven’t seen or heard it yet, here are some of the reasons I love it: The lyrics: The lyrics are 100% clean, and very repetitive. It’s perfect…

Retelling a Story

Last week in Spanish 2, we started a unit in which my major goal is for students to be able to narrate in the past. We learned the past tenses (pasado súbito and pasado descriptivo) several weeks back during a travel unit, but we then switched to a health unit and didn’t do much with them….

A Little Win with Food

This week is sophomore graduation testing at my school, which means that the sophomores have to be here at the regular time in the morning, they spend the first two hours testing, and then the whole student body operates on an altered schedule for the rest of the day. That means that all but one…

Audio Lingua – Let’s Collaborate

One of the resources that I use a great deal in class is Audio Lingua. If you haven’t used it, let me start by saying – do it! It’s an excellent resource for listening activities. You can search by topic, level of difficulty, and even age and gender of speakers. The site itself can be…