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We just finished up our first week of school and I wanted to get this blog post posted while...Leer más
Summer is coming to an end. A summer that we’ve been busy: planning a wedding, taking online courses, creating new lessons, working on our website, going on vacation, watching the Women’s World Cup ,and more all while being abroad in the beautiful country of Colombia.
So here’s an update on what we’ve been working on in case you missed it:
In the past we’ve used the analogy of acquiring languages as being like learning to swim. Is it best to jump in the deep end of the pool with no support? Is it practical to learn the techniques and physics of swimming before you get into the pool? Can a spray bottle simulate the same experience as being in water?Leer más
After our Billy y Las Botas 3 lesson on making predictions using Peardeck, some teachers wanted more information about PearDeck. So here’s a brief tutorial:
If you prefer to read, PearDeck is a FREE tool that integrates with Google Slides. Open up a presentation with google slides and you can make it interactive by using the the Pear Deck add-on.
After months of anticipation, this week we started the third (and final) installment of the Billy y las Botas saga. I like to use a variety of strategies when telling a Wooly story, so this time we focused on making predictions. This is a great way to preview the story, as well as letting your students show their creative side and impress you with their language.
Step One: I started by pulling out 12 slides from the Powerpoint of Stills available in the extras section of every story with a SenorWooly.com Pro-subscription (if you don’t already have this, leave this post, buy it, and come back).
This activity is similar to the “Bunches of Hunches” activity combined with “A Parallel Universe”...Leer más
This past week we finally watched the 3rd video of Senor Wooly’s epic Victor Trilogy (Guapo, La Confesión de Victor, Feo). I also needed to get a summative-type assessment grade in the gradebook, so I decided to try something new and see what my students could do. After sharing the results on twitter, I’ve had several requests for the rubric, which I will share below.I didn’t want my students to just re-tell the stories and I also wanted to challenge them to Level Up their Language. So I made my prompt simple yet challenging by asking them to analyze. This was either going to be super difficult for my students, or they were going to impress me. Luckily, they knocked it out of...Leer más
Are you ready for this year’s March Music Madness? As one of the first teacher bloggers to write about the idea of March Music Madness, we are excited for our sixth annual tournament. This year we have teamed up with Senor Ashby who has assembled hundreds and hundreds of teachers nationwide to partipcate in a Locura de Marzo bracket.
This year’s bracket is as follows:
When a gamer beats a level of a game and moves on to the next level, it is called “Leveling up”. In certain games, you can increase your chances by earning more points, collecting coins, or obtaining specific weapons to help you defeat the opponent. Gamers have their strategies on what they need to do to level up. Our students also need to know what strategies they have as language students so that they too can “level up” on the ACTFL proficiency levels. Does a novice student know what they need to do to work their way up to the intermediate level?
My initial inspiration for this posted started many months ago when I saw a tweet by Bethanie Drew (@lovemysummer) when she posted a link to her blog with...Leer más