Nota

The season premiere of “The Sing-Off” is one week from today on NBC (Monday, September 18). If any of you are a cappella fans like me, this is good news! It offers a great opportunity to (Spanish) teachers to expose their students to the Arts and perhaps even spark a dream. Many of my students…

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Human Bingo

A little background… Before switching to TPRS, I was a ‘Cooperative Learning’ teacher. While my students were very comfortable speaking, they spoke incorrectly over and over and over again. With 35 students in a class, it is very difficult to monitor for accuracy when so many are speaking at once! I am still undoing the…

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Alphabiography

I got this great idea from an English teacher at our school! It’s called an “Alphabiography”. The idea is to have students write their biography in small installments of 4-5 sentences, basing each installment on a word that begins with a different letter of the alphabet. This would make a very cool on-going focused free…

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Gestures

When introducing new vocabulary for a story, it is very important to establish a gesture for each term. Often, I come up with a gesture and teach it to my class. For more difficult terms or for “fun” terms, I ask students to create a gesture. This week, the second strategy was immensely successful with…

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Say what?!

We were in the middle of a story yesterday, and one of the actors was a student that speaks Spanish at home, named “Jimmy”. In the story, Jimmy got yelled at, and I (as the narrator) said, «Jimmy se enoja» (Jimmy gets angry). And Jimmy said, «¡enoja!». I repeated, «Jimmy se enoja», and made an…

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