El Mismo Sol


My students have been asking for more songs. (I feel like I already do a lot!) But, hey if they’re asking…why not? I just finished making several listening activities for ‘El Mismo Sol’ by Alvaro Soler. It’s fantastic and very catchy!

I was trying to think of some more activities besides a ‘cloze’ activity and a ‘movie talk’ (which I also made). On the iflt facebook page someone (so sorry I can’t remember who you were!!!) gave the idea of using a word cloud as well as bingo! My students BEG ME for bingo!!!! What a great way to motivate students to partake in their own learning! Both of these activities will be help students to actively listen to the song and hopefully will improve their listening skills.

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What fun activities do YOU do to incorporate songs into the classroom????



Have you ever heard of edpuzzle! I just discovered it! It’s similar to zaption but I think (from my quick glance and try at it) that it is more user friendly and has more free options than zaption.

My students are just finishing up a movie talk on carrot crazy. I wanted to change it up and gather data from formative assessment so I quickly created this edpuzzle! https://edpuzzle.com/media/56094b35f4597c6d131050e7

We’ll be trying it tomorrow! Fingers crossed it’s a smooth success!

¿Cómo estás?


When you ask a student “¿Cómo estás? usually the respond with “estoy bien”. I’m over it. I’m bored with it.

I want my kids to be able to truly tell me how they are and what they are feeling. Not only does it give me information on their current state of being, but it could lead to a story a lot easier than ‘I’m good’.

I’m giving my students this hand out so that they can practice giving me more variety when I ask them how they are. This can also help students stay in the target language during stories if we’re discussing ‘how’ a character is doing.

Do you have any creative ways to teach this?

Ps. have I mentioned that I love canva?

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‘Canva’ is changing my life!


Woah!!! I recently saw someone post about canva!.  Canva is a FREE website that lets you easily create things that have that infographic look. I was just playing around with it and created this schnazzy looking alphabet! I don’t usually focus much time on learning the alphabet because I don’t believe it adds much to fluency. However, giving students this resource allows them to refer to it when they need to spell something!

Watch out, the canva ideas are brewing!!!

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i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE teaching with CI! After 4 days, my Spanish 1 students were writing stories! Is it perfect? No. Is it…amazing and understandable? YES!

This week we made up a story about a student who liked to play baseball, in Walmart, with Will Ferrill. One day he saw a beautiful girl, named Minnie Mouse. He wanted to talk to her but was nervous. He walked towards her, but suddenly the ball hit him in the head and now he is unconscious on the floor…

It was a lot of structures, but with a lot of repetition, it was a success! We will continue to reinforce these structures and make up fun spontaneous stories!

2 more weeks!


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?



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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