Becoming an anti-racist educator: where to begin? (GUEST POST)

This is a guest post authored by Elicia Cárdenas, Director of Training for The Comprehensible Classroom. In response to the many atrocities that our nation has witnessed at the expense of Black people–and other people–, more and more discussions are happening online and in-person about racism and anti-racism. It is wonderful to see educators coming…

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Create digital versions of your favorite manipulative activities

If you’re anything like me, you love a good manipulative activity. Here are some common manipulative activities used by language teachers: sequencing events from a story that are printed on strips of paper matching chunks of authentic texts to paraphrased summaries sorting quotes into groups based on who said or would have said each one…

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Stick with what works in the classroom!

Yesterday was Earth Day 2020, and I celebrated with a romp through the woods and a spontaneous interview with Elicia Cárdenas during our #SOMOSathome launch party. The three big questions were: What have you REDUCED in your teaching in recent years? What activities do you REUSE over and over again? How do you RECYCLE content…

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Lesson plans for COVID-19 school closure / 10+ days of Spanish class work

Many school districts have asked their teachers to provide up to two-weeks of printable lesson plans for students to be able to complete at home in case of emergency school closure in relation with the containment of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Creating a single sub plan is a big enough task, but creating multiple weeks’ worth of…

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Representation Matters – a guest post by Kia London

My parents were the first African-Americans to speak Spanish to me.  When they did, I thought, Wow! That’s cool.  They know how to speak another language. Their knowledge of the language came from their professional experiences.  Little did I know at the time, this would have an impact on my life. The Importance of Incorporating Afro-Latin Content Into…

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