El Popocalipsis

On a bit of a whim, Alina Filipescu and her family decided to come see Alaska and stay with me! It has been more fun than I can possibly describe to spend time with her and her husband and watch her girls play with our kids and our neighbors. If a house on our street…

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I can make a difference.

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Ecuador was devastated by the worst earthquake to shake its shores in nearly seven decades. One week later, the death toll is at 650, more than 12,000 people are injured, and hundreds are missing. Carol Kovatch’s middle school Spanish class in Santa Rosa, California read last week’s  special edition of EL MUNDO…

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Pepinillos, a reading for Spanish 1

Katie Sevilla just sent me the super fun story that her class created during a story asking session with the script “El amigo simpático“. (Click here to learn how to ask a story using my Matava-style scripts.) As you can see by comparing the story that her class created with the original story shared in…

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Noticias – El 11 de marzo de 2016

From time to time, Maris Hawkins puts together and shares Noticias (news summaries) on her blog. Her noticias are GREAT because they provide comprehensible reading material to students that they can choose to review during Free Voluntary Reading or that the teacher can use as a starting point for class discussion on current events or broader discussion of cultural…

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Current Event: Justin Bieber in Tulum

Whether or not your students are reading Brandon Brown versus Yucatán, I’m sure that you can find a use for this current event! Last week, Justin Bieber visited the ruins in Tulum with his entourage, and they climbed some monuments that are off-limits to tourists. Sound familiar? Brandon Brown, under the influence of his mischievous friend Justin, did…

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Teaching other verb forms – a reading for Spanish 1!

I need to make an FAQ page. Here is one that came through today: …I was looking at your website and I was curious if you teach the “nosotros” or “ustedes” forms in Spanish 1. If so, is there a certain unit in which you teach it? Thanks! The answer is, “YES, absolutely!” I don’t…

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