2 more weeks!

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Am I the only one who gets secretly excited for the pending school year???

I was planning on staying home with the cutest baby on the planet… but then a part time gig fell into my lap. And thank goodness because 1. I am not cut out to be a SAHM. 2. I love teaching. 3. I needed a hobby where the creative juices could flow!

This year however, I’m in a new district. I am extremely excited that the superintendent is on board with me teaching CI/TPRS. And I can’t wait to meet my students.

After taking over half a year off last year on maternity leave, I’m feeling a bit rusty. Looking forward to jumping back in and exclusively using CI/TPRS.

I love getting to know my students with CI and questioning. One way that I “cheat” to get ideas is using a student questionnaire. Besides asking basic things such as name, age, favorites etc. I include many silly questions such as: “Who is your hero?, If you had a million dollars what would you do?” I find this activity extremely helpful to give me ideas of who and what the kids are into these days.

What are some of your favorite beginning of the year things to do?

B-I-N-G-O!

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Yesterday, I was really excited about how good my students did on a ‘re-write’ activity. Today, I was brainstorming fun ideas for students to be hearing, seeing and reading in Spanish. I created a fun BINGO game to go with the movie talk we’ve been working on. In each square is a sentence from the story. I’m thinking the first time we do it I’ll say the structures in Spanish, and they’ll just have to read and find the sentence. Then the next time, I’ll say the sentences in English so they’re thinking about the meaning of each phrase. I love having fun while learning (teaching)!

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It works!

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Because I was on maternity leave for 5 months, my students didn’t get as much comprehensible input as I would like. However, now that I’m back…. it’s on!

After just 2 weeks of CI, I wanted to see what my students could do! I had them do a story re-write. They had to change all the details of the story but use the same structures we had been working on. Here are two student samples! There’s obviously some errors, however…after only 2 weeks…WOW!!!! This just reinforces how effective CI teaching is!

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I have an addiction…

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My name is Ami …and I have an addiction….to movie talks.

I love them!

Kids love them!

They’re SO engaging!

…and they learn and acquire SO MUCH!

I am constantly astonished how much they can reproduce after frequent structure repetition and circling.

I was on maternity leave for 5 months so in the last 3 months I’ve been trying to squish in as much Comprehensible Input as possible. This week we were reinforcing the words: Pone, Tiene, Lleva, Quiere. We did this through a unit I created based on the youtube video “Carrot Crazy”

I started the unit by pre-teaching some new words such as: Conejo, trampa, zanahoria, suelo, bosque and mochila. Then we circled the story. We reinforced the story daily through circling and supplemental activities I created. One (which perhaps I’ll call…descriptive walk around) students were each given a different picture. They had to walk around the room, find 4 students to describe the picture, and have them sign their paper. It was interesting listening to students give output. Some were extremely impressive. Of course listening to other students provided me with feedback as to which students needed additional scaffolding and which structures I needed added repetition.

All in all…it was a success and gave me warm fuzzy feelings watching my students acquire new structures and phrases!

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Friendsheep: Preterite vs Imperfect

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I keep thinking to myself…there has to be a better way to explain Preterite vs Imperfect verbs! My students often struggle to comprehend the “completed action vs. no definite beginning or end” etc. etc. etc. I haven’t figured out a better way to ‘explain’ it. But I figured perhaps through manipulating the language, identifying the differences, practice, practice, practice, etc., perhaps it’d reinforce the difference and students would be more successful.

I am SUPER EXCITED about the unit I created based on the youtube video  “Friendsheep“.

The unit includes a movie script and several worksheets which students will use to practice, identify and discuss preterite vs. imperfect. I made a speaking activity, where students walk around and have other students describe the picture they’re given. I’ll be trying the speaking activity on Monday. Fingers crossed it’s a raving success!

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Selena Quintanilla-Perez

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Well…it’s that time of year again. Time to measure each students proficiency! Usually I have a project or activity for them to work on. However, this year with all the Parcc testing going on, I figured I’d give them a break. (well…sort of…. Obviously I gave them worksheets to complete!) This week students are watching the movie ‘Selena’. This movie is about the life of Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Selena broke through obstacles faced by women as well as Mexican-American individuals and has been an inspiration to many individuals.
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La semana santa

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This week in class we are talking about la semana santa. It is always so interesting to learn about cultural celebrations. We’re reading several of the readings which Martina Bex put together. Also I found this great slide show on Semana Santa Rarámuri in México. Among other things, we will be comparing and contrasting similarities and differences. But I think for next year I want to switch it up a bit. I’m trying to think of some new ideas to make this more engaging and comprehensible. What do YOU do in your classroom?