Any good teacher is always looking ways to be a better teacher. So at the end of the school year as I reflect upon the last 9 months and look ahead for planning for the new year, I go to the best source for feedback– my students.
Every year I have students complete a feedback survey about the course and gather insight into the mind of an 8th grader. A lot of gives me confirmation of what I am doing in class, but there is also good feedback on things that I can improve. After my first full year of 100% storytelling, I realized I needed to explain the WHY of my strategies and how acquisition worked.
This year, I have multiple surveys, that I have my students fill out on Google Forms: Continue reading
We all know that visuals are a great aide to comprehension. But there is another sensory that we can be targeting to add not only comprehension but also fun and humor to class stories. I’m talking about using SOUND EFFECTS.
YouTube is a great place to find a sound effect. Simply search for the noise/action + sound effect. For example if you are doing a story where someone is eating search “chewing sound effect”. As you are telling the story, have different tabs open so you can just hit the play button on each video. If you have classroom jobs, you can also assign this job to a student to play the appropriate sound effect during the story.
Here are some ideas of certain sounds that you might use in a story: Continue reading
One of my favorite books that I’ve added to my classroom library this year has actually been an authentic novel that is probably at the 3rd-5th grade reading level for native speakers, but has been a nice additional to my L2 classroom. While it is probably best suited for intermediate students, my novice high students have been able to have success with it, as it is on a familiar topic. The book….. Continue reading
Printing your own FVR Booklets
See our other tutorials on Youtube including:
- Creating your own FVR Booklets
- Creating a glossary for texts
- Printing your own booklets
- FVR accountability and ratings
- FVR recommendations
- Using MovieTalks as FVR readers
- Using student created comics in your FVR
- Building your FVR library for free
It’s here! We are down to our final 4 songs. Please encourage your students to vote. Even if you have your own voting system and your tracks are different, students will still enjoy being able to participate in this final voting phase. You can share the following link with your students: SpanishPlans.org/mmm18 or post the direct link to your website or google classroom.
Also, if you partcipated in our bracket this year, we’d love to hear your feedback.
Tell us in the commentx which 2 songs you think will advance to the finals. Also, share with us what your final 4 songs are.
If you are participating in our March Music Madness, we offer you an alternative to those fill-in-the-blank cloze activities with lyrics. If you have purchased our supplementary materials, you will find a link for all the available songs in the Google Drive. And members can also add their own activities that they create.
Don’t forget to VOTE in our online voting polls.
For more tutorials on LyricsTraining:
How to Create your Own Cloze Activities
How to Add Lyrics to a Video
I’m sure you’ve all seen the Disney-Pixar movie Coco in theatres, and know what a great movie it is and how it honors the Mexican culture and gives insight into Day of the Dead. I know many teachers have been waiting for it’s release on Blu-Ray and DVD. It’s out now….Get it on Amazon.
(Edit: It turns out that this version may not have Spanish audio. Be sure to check if you are looking for that feature).
Disney/Pixar Coco: The Story of the Movie in Comics
Coco: The Junior Novelization
As I wait for the ability to buy Spanish books from this movie, I have found a novel in Spanish about the movie A Book of Life: La Novelización. If you are using FVR and teaching with CI, this book is ready for students who are advanced in level 2, otherwise is perfect for level 3 and 4.
Hey ya’ll. We are super excited to annouce that we have finished the bracket for our 2018 edition of March Musica Madness. This year is going to be the best year yet. While we know this idea has probably been done for many years by classroom teachers, we feel like the “Dad” of this idea in the blogosphere/social media world. Several years ago, we posted about a tournament of songs during March Madness and are thrilled to see this idea take off across classrooms nationwide. We would love to have you continue to participate with the original March Music Madness. VOTE HERE
What’s the same?
- 16 songs from different genres
- Different musical genres
- Lyrics to all songs provided
- 17 activities to use with the songs
- Songs that are school appropriate (We don’t include any songs/videos that are overtly sexual, misogynistic, or deal with drugs, alcohol, or otherwise bad behavior)
- Current songs that have been released since last March
- An online poll for students and teachers to vote
- A google drive where teachers can share specific activities
For the full bracket, see below:
If you are thinking to yourself, “Another post about FVR?!”, then I would suggest this book
by the legend himself, Stephen Krashen, The Power of Reading. That book has focused my attention to reading as a way for students to acquire language. FVR has become a big focus for me this year, and led me to apply for a local grant for new novels as well as audiobooks.
We’ve taken what has been working well with our FVR and are about to add audiobooks to the mix.