Back in March I read this blog post which had this brilliant idea of doing a musical ‘March Madness’. Well… I was way to busy and there was too much testing going on! But I really wanted to do this! SO….the past few weeks we’ve been working on a song every day. Then every other day we vote on our favorite. Each new round we have a new activity. I switch it up constantly so that it’s a variety of activities which work on listening, reading, and comprehension skills. As we get farther into the ‘Madness’ the students are really falling in love with the songs. They constantly come in singing them, asking for more, or telling me how they sang them all weekend long.
Next week we will finally be finishing it up! Which means, I’m starting to get new songs and activities on my teachers pay teachers! Because not every song makes it all the way- I haven’t yet developed all the activities for all 16 songs. BUT- today my son decided to take a 3 1/2 hour nap…which means I have two songs completely done!
Two of the four remaining songs are ‘La Gozadera‘ by ‘Gente de Zona’ ft. Marc Anthony and ‘Me Voy Enamorando‘ by Chino & Nacho. My students LOOOOOVE these songs! And the videos are vibrant and (in my opinion) school appropriate! I especially love how you can link ‘La Gozadera’ to a unit about Spanish Speaking Countries and Capitals.
Click here to check out my lessons for both ‘La Gozadera’ and ‘Me Voy Enamorando‘!
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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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?