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About spanishplans

Spanish Teacher in Chicago. Have studied or traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Argentina, and Uruguay. Have taught level 1 at middle and high school levels. Degree in Spanish and Master's in Teaching and Leadership. Blogger www.SpanishPlans.org

Raquel Sofia

If you have not heard any music by the talented boriqua Raquel Sofia, you are missing out. She has toured as a backup singer to Colombians Juanes and Shakira and is now breaking out onto the scene as a solo … Continue reading

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Why I hate Pobre Ana

Ok, this post may be a bit controversial. But I’m hoping we can have an honest and open discussion here about a very popular teaching resource. I know many schools use the Pobre Ana series (Patricia va a California, Ana … Continue reading

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Colombian School

I’ve been volunteering at a Colombian school since August and over the months I’ve compiled several notes on the differences between my school in Chicago and the school here in Colombia. The following are a few of my observations. It … Continue reading

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Making your classroom more classy

Looking for an easy way to “class”-up your classroom on the cheap? We’ll show you how you can turn an ordinary month-to-month calendar into a piece of art. Step 1: Find a monthly calendar on clearance in December or January. … Continue reading

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Spanish Gifts

If you are looking to do some holiday shopping, but the Black Friday crowds have you scared of going to the mall, we have the perfect opportunity for you. We are re-opening our Store until the end of December. Our … Continue reading

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Immigration Resources

The following resources can be used during an immigration unit in your Spanish class: Songs: “A las Tres” por Enanitos Verdes: A migrant worker missing his family Pobre Juan by Maná Videos: “30 Days” Illegal Immigration: A border patrolling minute … Continue reading

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We are all Ayotzinapa

Surely, you have heard something about this story. And hopefully because of you, your students have as well. Because if it’s not taking place in our own borders or in the middle east, the traditional media doesn’t give much attention. … Continue reading

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Making a Fortune Teller

Most of us remember these from our childhood. But how many of us remember what they are called. I asked my facebook followers what names they used for this in English or Spanish. Here’s what we got:

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Brain Break Hand Game

My students in Colombia have been playing these hand games and I thought it was would make a good activity for a “brain break” in the Spanish classroom. You can see the example below. Choco Choco La La Choco choco … Continue reading

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Starting at the End

If you are a language teacher, then you know the best night of the week is Thursday evening. This is when some of the best world language teachers come together to collaborative and improve themselves as educators. You don’t even … Continue reading

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