Author Archives: SpanishPlans

About SpanishPlans

Spanish Educator, with focus on acquisition Educator Enthusiast I love learning about and sharing culture.

Online timer as CI

I was recently doing a write/pass/draw activity where I wanted to use a timer to give the class a limit. I usually just use google timer or the regular classroom timer where it counts down on a clock. Previously, I … Continue reading

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Proficiency Mindset Presentation

      This past month, at the Illinois Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL) annual fall conference, I gave my first presentation in a session titled “Proficiency Mindset”. To view the presentation click: http://bit.ly/ProfMindset Let me know … Continue reading

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An output activity

Over the past two weeks, we have done several stories: including Senor Wooly’s La Invitación, La Confesión de Víctor, a movietalk for El Gato con Café, a Movietalk and Story for Bomba’s Estereo Soy Yo video, and a PictureTalk for … Continue reading

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Top 10 Novels for Spanish 1

One of my favorite things in my Spanish 1 class is implementing Free Voluntary Reading time (FVR) aka SSR. It is probably the most important thing we do in class. If you need convincing of that, then you need to … Continue reading

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Story with 5 Phrases

I was going through some old blog posts the other day and happened upon one that reminded me of an activity that I learned from Carol Gaab at the first annual Comprehensible Midwest. I ended up using it as a … Continue reading

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Chapter Recaps with Images

This year I hit the gates running with a class read of the Fluency Matters novel “Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro”, a super easy and fun reader. I usually like to act the chapter out before having the students read … Continue reading

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Timed Writing Prompts

If you purchased our World Language SLO product earlier this summer, make sure you have redownloaded the updated product, as we added a second picture prompt in late August. The characters in the first prompt are designed to be ambigious. … Continue reading

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4 million

During last week’s first days of school, our blog passed the 4 million total views mark. Wow, what an honor to know that thousands of Spanish teachers around the world have visited our blog. We are truly amazed to see … Continue reading

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Papel Picado Bulletin Board

Most teachers will use paper from the butcher paper roll to use as a background for their to their room, we have some classy alternatives in mind:bulletin boards. I don’t blame them: it’s available and it’s easy. Most schools provide … Continue reading

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Vocabulary in Context

As we looked at the last data collection of student vocabulary, we were a bit suprised that some words had lower correct responses than we expected. So we decided to do a little educational research and what we discovered really … Continue reading

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