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My favorite day …every year.

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For those who know me, you may see this title and say…Oh that’s May 24th! … Back story, many many moons ago sitting in 10th grade study hall, I decided that May 24th would be my favorite day. It had nothing to do with holidays or birthdays. On this day, I wear my favorite colors, eat my favorite foods, hang out with my favorite people, and do my favorite things. Over the years it’s evolved into ….a big deal. Everyone who’s anyone celebrates! …..But I’ve digressed….

If I had to pick another favorite day it would be that magical moment in class when all the INPUT…starts to click. I remember experiencing that moment while studying abroad. But even more exciting is seeing your students experience it. It’s so awesome to see them excited to be able to manipulate the language even when grammar has NEVER been taught (exception: pop up grammar).

Today I asked my students…”If I wanted to say, ‘They think that’ how do I change ‘piensa que’.” …several students responded “add an N”. And when they responded…. others caught on. Someone raised their hand and asked “So if I want to say ‘they’ are doing something I add an ‘N’ don’t I!?

Yes Yes Yes!!!!!

Besides seeing my students ‘get it’. I also love this day because it is affirmation that CI works!

…And it works well!

 

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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!

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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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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Alma

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This week in my Spanish 1’s we did a movie talk with the movie alma.

I LOooooOVE using movie talk in my classroom! The kids are engaged and being immersed in Spanish! Together we “circled” and wrote the narrative to the ALMA movie. We continued using the structures found in the narrative throughout the week. I also created several worksheets for the students to practice and reinforce the learned structures.

Do you use movie talks? What are some follow up activities you like to do?