MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL POSTS
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: Spanish songs for teaching Spanish 2 classes, with an emphasis on the preterite and the imperfect. 40 Authentic Songs for Spanish I has consistently been one of my top hits. I figure it's time for Spanish 2 to get some love! Here are 30 authentic Spanish songs...read more
Inside: What is comprehensible input? How do students acquire language? In Part 1, we talked about proficiency: where we are going in the language classroom. Here in Part 2, I'll talk about acquisition: how students take language in. If our goal is students who "rise...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: A fun & easy activity to learn Spanish with songs in class, only using a piece of paper. One of my favorite things about teaching textbook-free is that authentic songs in Spanish are central to class now. If you're not sure how to start, read how to teach...read more
Inside: Teach yourself Spanish, with these free online Spanish resources. This is the list I wish I'd had as a new teacher, or as a Spanish learner myself! Here I've collected my favorite online Spanish resources, and all are free (though some may have paid upgrade...read more
Inside: How to teach Spanish with authentic music, in the middle and high school classroom. I didn't know how to teach Spanish with authentic music, as a new teacher. Fresh from living in Peru and head over heels for the language and culture, I sat down with the...read more
Inside: A fun brain break in Spanish for the language classroom. I'm working hard this year to make sure I break up our classes with some sort of movement. I came up with Find Your Blob for something that's quick and ties into the lesson. The students are speaking the...read more
Inside: Why learn Spanish? Why learn a second language at all? As I prepare for the beginning of a new school year, I know this question will come up at some point. Though the tone of voice that goes with that sort of whyyy is not my favorite, it's a valid question....read more
Inside: My back-to-school lesson plans for the first two weeks of Spanish class. 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?...read more
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