Monthly Archives: November 2012

Day 59: authentic texts

We read a school calendar and schedule today. Using authentic texts is challenging and sometimes scary for students but that’s why we change the task not the text… Task on this text? Identity 5 cognates and some main ideas.

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Day 58: games

We played a game to review vocabulary today. I told students something in English, they wrote in Spanish in notebooks and then I called a number. The student who was assigned the number from each team had to run to … Continue reading

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Day 57: inquiry activity

Instead of just telling students that the endings of verbs match the subject in Spanish, I wanted them to discover the pattern themselves in hopes that they’d better understand the concept of conjugating verbs. I created an inquiry activity that … Continue reading

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Day 56: Buen Fin vs. Black Friday

Inspired by Zachary Jones’ great activity on “Buen Fin”: http://zachary-jones.com/zambombazo/caricaturas-y-opiniones-sobre-el-buen-fin-2012/, I had students read a text to discover more about the new Mexican “tradtion” of “Buen Fin.” While reading authentic texts, teachers should change the task, not the text (#ACTFL) to … Continue reading

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Day 55: homework accountability

To make students accountable to completing homework, I use it during class the next day for activities. We had a contest for the most creative sentences. Winner? “Lady Gaga tiene un vestido de carne.” We also looked for adjective noun … Continue reading

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Day 54: conversación con la tarea

See the full gallery on Posterous Students used their homework to discuss their school schedule with a classmate today. Those that didn’t get their homework done could still complete the task but had less vocabulary already set up for them … Continue reading

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Day 53: think before you network socially

The choir teacher in my building recreated this sign she saw on pintrest and I put it into Spanish. The Spanish for Native Speakers teacher has this posted in her room- she also teaches English.

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Day 52: assessments to grade

Here’s my desk after 2 days of tests. Lots to grade…

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Day 51: Cocoa and Cram

To entice my Spanish 2 students to come in for a structured study session, I called it “cocoa and cram” (name stolen from a colleague) and ordered hot chocolate to anyone who came in to study for our big test … Continue reading

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Day 50: using prior knowledge

The “bell ringer” today activated student’s prior knowledge… Asking questions to someone and responding about yourself. Then, we took notes on and used questions and vocabulary to ask and answer about others.

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