For many it’s already that time of the year for hats, scarves, colorful leaves and of course, pumpkin spice everything! Inside our Spanish classrooms routines are starting to take root and we’re thrilled to see how much our kids are enjoying learning Spanish. Here are some of the teaching resources we’re using this fall in our classrooms (and some that extend outside of four walls!)
This year we've focused on creating resources to help teachers teach routines in Spanish class because we believe that routines are one of those magical resources that help keep our classrooms ticking smoothly along. It can be tricky to find routines that our Spanish students are interested in and also accomplish everything we want and need them to. They have to be simple, effective, and serve a purpose all without being boring. They create order, help establish classroom management, create a sense of community, and are the perfect opportunity to practice natural and simple Spanish every day in a way that all of our students can participate at some point or another during the year. It takes time to establish a routine and at the beginning of the year half of your class may look at you like you’ve just landed from Mars, but once they get the hang of them the students can know what to expect and are able to complete the tasks you’ve asked them to. Plus, they are a great way to give our students the reins, but still feel a sense of control because we’ve chosen the routine and know that they are getting something out of it. Here are some of the routine focused resources we've been working on and some other ideas for ways that you can get your classroom up and running with a spotlight on the role of the students.
Summer is [insert every incredible adjective here!]. It’s a time for moving, playing, exploring, traveling, seeing, touching, tasting, and experiencing. As educators we take a (much deserved) break during the summer from our typical workload, but do we ever truly disconnect? We don’t know abou
For many the school year is coming to a close and in a matter of days the students will be free, and as teachers you’ll start to pack up the classroom and think: What should I do in my Spanish class next year? Before we dive into ideas and inspiration for lesson planning and future curriculum planning, we’d like to take a moment to think about how we can make Spanish a fun part of summer holidays, especially for the little learners in your life.
As adults we come to identify the different modes of transportation with convenience, inconvenience, time spent commuting and the need to get from one physical location to another. But, remember back to a simpler time before we HAD to get somewhere in a hurry, when the different types of transportation were something magical, new, and captivating. When we’re planning our Spanish classes for kids on modes of transportation we try to travel back in time, capture the excitement we felt learning about trains, planes and automobiles, and bottle it up to bring to class with us. We like teaching the transportation unit because it’s fast, exciting for kids, and it’s a fun way to teach Spanish vocabulary and simple sentence structure through a theme that they are familiar with. So, here we go!
We’ve all heard it, the person who hates a language because it was impossible to learn. We’ve heard the tales of copying conjugation charts, failed speaking exams, dense textbooks, and teachers that only spoke in [Spanish] (said as if that were the worst possible thing!). Spanish classes have come a long way since the dark days of memorization and written grammar exercises. Classrooms have been transformed from silent spaces to stages where students learn to play with the language, relate to it, act it out, speak it, read it, write it, live it, and hopefully learn something about culture in the process.
The days of the week are a necessary topic to teach to kids, but let’s face it, not the most flashy. We get excited about animals, about modes of transportation, and about action verbs, but what is there to be excited about something so mundane as los días de la semana? Well, actually quite a lot. The topic is straightforward and easily personalized to fit each class. It’s something the students can talk about that is directly related to their lives, and it can be combined with other vocabulary and topics to create a more holistic approach. From TPR activities, to competitions and classroom conversations we’re going to talk you through some of our favorite ways to teach the days of the week in Spanish class and how we put a spin on a less sparkly topic.
Numbers in Spanish can be tricky because they are something that we learn initially as a beginner topic and then if we don’t review them they become something we aren’t confident with. Think of how often you use numbers in conversation, dates, time, age, counting, and the list goes on. Now, imagine that you say it costs dos cientos euros instead of dos mil. Big difference! Today we’re taking a look at how to practice numbers in the Spanish classroom both as a lesson topic and as a quick review that can be incorporated into any lesson plan. As always, we’d LOVE to hear from you. If there are any activities you recommend or would do differently in your classroom, please share in the comments section below!
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