Inside: A peek into dozens of Spanish classroom libraries, of all kinds, shapes, and sizes!
One of the most exciting developments to language teaching is the advent of novels for learners. Not reading passages, excepts or reading practice: real, interesting, novel-length books for Spanish learners.
Reading is possibly the most efficient, natural way to learn a language. Many teachers are working free reading or novel study into their daily schedules, and creating spaces in their classrooms for flexible seating or book displays. There are so many creative ideas out there, I had to write a post sharing them!
(Wondering where teachers are getting these books? Fluency Matters and TPRS Books have a great selections for getting started. Read about Teaching With Novels 101 from Secondary Spanish space as well.)
One of the best decisions I’ve made as a Spanish teachers has been to start my classes with a silent sustained reading (SSR) time. Spanish 1 started halfway through the year. It was a peaceful, rich way to start the day and make the most of the attention peak that occurs those first minutes of class.
Spanish Classroom Libraries
See the hacks and ideas others teacher have used! Many teachers are using gutters as bookshelves, without taking up space in their rooms. Attaching these to the wall will vary from school to school, but you can try command hooks or directly drilling into the wall.
Credit: Gisele Conn
Site: Brain Based Learning
Credit: Allison Weinhold
Site: Mis Clases Locas
Credit: Blair Chalker Brown
Credit: Sara Glasbrenner
Site: La Señora Sara
And more cozy corners + clever storage solutions for Spanish classroom libraries:
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💫 I absolutely love my new reading corner! Thank you to @profe_bama for the LEEMOS inspiration📚, @srta_spanish for the motivation to grab a few new FVR reading options (still need to build my library for sure), @brendamaimone for the gorgeous chair and my coworker Lucie for helping me get everything up the stairs! 💗 🤩My curbside bookshelf fits perfectly and I love how the color came out! ☀️Other new additions are the 7 lap desks I’ve accumulated when I saw them on sale for $5 at michaels or target. And the original one from @rgately that was used almost every single day last year! . . . . #comprehensibleinput #fvr #teachmorespanish #spanishteacher #iteachtoo #teachersofinstagram #profesora
Credit: Marta Ruíz Yedinak
Credit: Matt Hotopp
Credit: Matt Hotopp
Site: Fun for Spanish Teachers
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