A new school year is officially underway and with the first week (or few) of classes in the rearview mirror we hope that your energy supplies are still high (…or at least not on empty!) and that you’re feeling good about the start of this school year and the Spanish journey ahead. We have SO man
It’s no secret that students, especially the younger ones, are easily distracted. As teachers, many of us have seen first hand the benefits of breaking our lessons into smaller mini-lessons with shorter input sessions instead of the more traditional method of longer lessons with very little down time. We know that attention spans are short and factoring in the fact that we’re teaching in a language that is not the mother tongue of many of our students only makes our jobs that much more challenging (and interesting!). We want to get through to our students, but to do that we need them focused and participating, because who can learn a second language without actually using it?? Queue, brain breaks! Brain breaks come in all shapes and sizes and can be molded to fit the needs at hand. From recess time, where children move and socialize on the playground to a five minute dance break in class, they are one of the best ways to get your students motivated, ready to learn and to help them make sense of new input.
As the year begins to wind down, we’ve been thinking about the latest trends in second language learning and teaching and how as teachers we can use them to help our students learn Spanish in the future. We’ve found that one of the most successful ways to teach Spanish to kids is through technology. The combination of Spanish videos, catchy songs with natural language, and interactive games with vibrant images and accompanying worksheets are what we believe really works and what we’ve built our Spanish teaching resources around. Today we’re taking a look at how technology can help Spanish teachers get their students learning the language in a way that takes the process out of the classroom and promotes a passion for lifelong learning and interaction with the Spanish language.
It’s officially spring and we’re loving it. This year has been a crazy one weather-wise here in Bilbao, Spain (where this post is being written from), but we’re glad to officially enjoy springtime and the perfect weather we’re not used to having at this time of year! Although, we have to admit that the nearly rainless and snowless winter has only reminded us of how important caring for the planet is and we’ve made it a priority to talk about the topic with our kids in our Spanish classes. We love spring because it’s colorful, full of light and change, and it provides us with lots of great topics to talk about class.
Most language teachers have been where their students are at some point in their lives. Those first few classes (or experiences with a new language) where you are excited to learn and a little bit nervous that you won't be able to do it well.