MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL POSTS
Inside: A peek into dozens of Spanish classrooms, of all kinds, shapes, and sizes! A well-designed room won't make or break your teaching. Oh, but it can make a difference in how you and your students feel. Some of you have very limited options, and very tight...read more
Inside: Spanish TV shows: a list of series you can (hopefully!) use in class. If you'd mentioned movies or shows to me as a new teacher, I'd have assumed you meant how we teachers sometimes use them (hey, we've been there right?): that last day before winter...read more
Inside: Looking for field trip ideas for Spanish class? Try a food truck day! I am so pleased to share this guest post from Courtney Nygaard at Field Trip Spanish! Instead of trying to take your classes out on a field trip, bring the field trip to you. Getting...read more
Inside: Back to school Spanish activities and plans. I don't know about you, but beginnings make me anxious. Or maybe it's more like this: the anticipation of beginnings makes me anxious. Even on Sunday nights--in the middle of the school year-- I get those...read more
Inside: teach and learn Spanish with music, through 30 authentic songs full of the subjunctive, conditional, and commands. Finally, a list of authentic Spanish songs for advanced classes! My lists for Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 are already popular, and this one should...read more
Inside: What is language proficiency? What does it mean for my Spanish classroom? Last year I wrote a post explaining why I was throwing out my Spanish textbook. Of course, throwing it out was the easy part. But what to do next? I'm writing this series because I...read more
Inside: back-to-school ideas: Spanish Class First Two Weeks of Lesson Plans Every year, I forget just how exhausting those first few weeks are. My brain is spinning. I'm in overdrive, trying to make everyone feel welcome --but not smile until December, right? (just...read more
Inside: Bell-ringers for Spanish class, with a free download for Para empezar choice boards. Bell-ringers are my nemesis. Many things could be termed as such– taking attendance, keeping track of late/missing work, maybe– but my para empezar history just might take the...read more
Inside: Authentic & appropriate songs to learn Spanish, for beginner classes. As a new teacher, I so badly wanted my students to feel the magic of Spanish. I loved my Latin music, and thought they'd love some songs to learn Spanish, too. The problem was that I...read more
My students love to express opinions. I play a simple game in which we review any vocabulary by marking one side of the room as "Me encanta" and the other as "No me gusta." I just call out words (could be foods, hobbies, classes-- anything!) and they move to the side...read more
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