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As you may know, I have devoted several blog posts over the years to the issue of assigning or letting students choose “Spanish names” in the Spanish classroom. Now with many more teachers being more aware of what white privilege is and how our education system is already part of a white supremacist system, I wanted to bring this topic back up so that teachers who may continue to engage in this practice are able to reflect.
How does this practice fit into white privilege? White students who take on the name “Nacho” or “Margarita” only wear that identity for fun in their Spanish class. It does not come with the discrimination that Latinos who live with that name face on a regular basis in this...Leer más
Publicado en SpanishPlans el 14/05/2020
Some teacher tips for using Google Classroom during “Remote learning”
Tip Number 1:
Need to see if students are reading your posts? Use the “Question” feature under the “classwork” menu and type up any instructions students need for that day’s assignment. Choose a multiple choice question and include the options “Yes, I’ve read today’s assignment and understand” or “I have questions and will be e-mailing you” or even ask something like “How are you today? Good / Been better”. You could even put a curricular question. The idea is that by just clicking one of the two options, the assignment is “turned in”. If you just post an announcement in your stream there is no way to...
The following is a guest post that I invited Rich Madel to write after he mentioned this activity on twitter.
All world language teachers focused on providing rich, compelling, and comprehensible input to their students know the struggle: How can we mask the repetition of the same...Leer más
What I love about March Music Madness is that students get a peek into what music is popular in other parts of the world. It’s a way to connect our students to the language. Who doesn’t love music? When you have students start singing a song in class or telling you how they listen to the songs at home, you know it’s doing its magic.
As Dustin Williamson says: “Quite honestly, MMM is more about having fun, listening to music, being exposed to different genres and making March better in my classroom.”
I look for music that is A) Current (from the previous year only), B) Popular and not obscure and C) appropriate. This year our bracket has 25 artists, 7 women, 9 countries...Leer más
With March Music Madness less than 1 month away, we’d like to remind teachers of a few things.
- The bracket is available to print. You can also start playing the songs from the playlist as students enter the class or if they are working during class time. Don’t mention that the songs are part of next month’s tournament. Just let them beat slowly creep into their heads. If they are like me, it takes a few listens to a song before I start to like it.
- Join our collaborative group on Facebook. We are currently at 400 teachers ready to share tips, resources, and more. If you are part of the group...
There are some teachers who like to plan months in advance. I am not one of those teachers, but I do know what I will be doing come March. My classes will be engaged in our 7th annual music competition. Our competition takes 16 songs that have been released since last year (current music!) and students vote on their favorite song to advance to the next round.
We have set up our March Music Madness 2020 headquarters (the same place where voting will take place) at www.SpanishPlans.org/mmm20
In the meantime, we have set up the “SpanishPlans March Music Madness” Facebook Group for teachers to collaborate, ask questions, and get the sneak peek of this year...Leer más
With a new year upon us, now is the perfect time to start a new routine in your classroom. I know most teachers are familiar with the work of Harry Wong, but how many of us apply those practices every day despite their incredible benefits? Let’s take a look at the reasons for implementing a “greeting” system into your class:
- We acknowledge and honor a student’s presence.
- We model proper social behavior in welcoming someone’s arrival.
- It establishes a positive classroom climate in which students feel a sense of connection and belonging.
- It establishes a positive relationship between teacher and student.
- Research* has shown it increases student engagement in class.
- Research* has shown it decreases...
With the release of a new graphic novel by the Señor Wooly company, we wanted to give you some ideas on how you can teach with a graphic novel. If you are not ready or don’t have the funds to purchase a class set, don’t worry… graphic novels are a great addition to your FVR classroom library that students will be motivated to read on their own. However, if you have a class set you can also use it as a little unit. So here are some tips on teaching the graphic novel “Billy y Las Botas”: