It’s hard to believe that 2015 is almost over! I am scrambling to finish my 2015 goal of going paperless. Spoiler alert: it’s not going to happen. But I am close! This evening, I stumbled across a reading that I used to extend a class discussion in the first few weeks of my Spanish 2 course—click here…Read More
Hide and Speak: a twist on class discussion
As you know, NOVELTY in lesson planning is a big deal. When we aren’t switching up the content (silly stories, current events, classic literature, pop culture, history…), we’re switching up the delivery. We’re switching up the task. We’re switching up the groups. We’re always doing something new because brains crave novelty (gracias, Krashen via Gaab). PQA is…Read More
I used this activity for the first time as an icebreaker at our MOPS group, and it was so fun! I love using it in class, because it is a great way to give everyone an opportunity to speak without eliminating teacher-guided discussion. So here’s what you do: Decide how many groups you want to…Read More
WAKE UP, STINKY!
A little PQA idea for “se despierta” (s/he wakes up) and “huele” (s/he smells). It’s also a good time to review “se duerme” (s/he goes to sleep). Begin by having students fold a paper hot-dog style (that’s the long way, folks) and draw a series of three pictures: Write down a whole number between 1…Read More
I’ve used ‘Two Truths and a Lie’ many times in the past for various activities; usually for grammar related purposes (practicing a particular tense or verb), but this is a TPRS variation that can also Cooperative-Learning friendly! Two Truths and a Lie is an activity in which students develop two statements that are true about…Read More