domingo, 27 de noviembre de 2016

TPT Sale!

I have decided to sell some items on Teachers Pay Teachers, so far I have only four items in my store. And tomorrow and Tuesday (11/28 and 11/29) there is a sale! Use the code CYBER2016 and you will get a 20% discount.

These are the four items that I am selling and one freebie:
Soy yo - a story/song mini unit for Spanish 1 (or above)
Inmigración para español 1 (The Other Side and La Misma Luna)
Canela - Movie Guide

miércoles, 23 de noviembre de 2016

Carmina - La Lotería de España

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**UPDATES 12/2/16**
  • The amazing Elena López has created some Historias de Navidad that I am also going to use in this unit. These historias will be a great way to start the class. I am going to have students read them silently at the beginning of class and fill out the grid. These historias will give them more ideas to answer la Pregunta Esencial of the unit: 
    • ¿Cómo son mis tradiciones relacionadas con los días festivos similares y/o diferentes de una de España y/o de otros países del mundo hispanohablante? 
  • I have added two more resources (and some basic interpretive activities) for students to explore during this unit, two infografías:
    • Estadísticas Lotería Navidad en España 2012 - Students will read that and write, in English, what they learn (Interpretive Task). An alternative would be to have groups of students write 2 verdades y una mentira about different sections of the infografía.
    • Encuesta: ¿Qué harías si ganaras el Gordo? Students will read that and write, in English, what they learn (Interpretive Task) and then they will answer personal questions similar to those so that we can see the statistics for our class.
**UPDATE 11/27/16** - I have created an entire "unit packet" that incorporates the three commercials (250th anniversary, Justino and Carmina) mentioned in this post. The unit packet has essential questions, "I can" statements, a variety of activities for each story, two interpretive activities with the two above infografías, and suggestions for assessments. A link to the unit packet is included if you purchase the Carmina resources.

If you haven't seen the new Spanish lottery commercial, check it out here:
I LOVE this commercial for SO MANY reasons! I love it even more than last year's commercial about Justino (click here for resources).

So, after seeing the commercial (and Martina Bex's Breakout Edu activity), I wanted to create something to use in class. So, I created a slideshow that tells the beautiful "story" of the commercial. The slideshow has 46 slides (and probably growing) with screenshots and the story in comprehensible Spanish for level 2 or above. Some might be able to use it with their level 1, depending on what they have had so far. I have also created a doc with some activities and suggestions. Even if you don't do the Breakout Edu activity, this is a beautiful story to teach students in December. Click here to purchase the resources.

Here is a preview with some of the slides:
Here is an edpuzzle that could be used as an assessment (or click here to go to edpuzzle):
And here is another commercial celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Spanish lottery.


For that commercial, I created this slideshow (this is a freebie, click here if you want to make a copy and make changes or add on to it, but please share back if you make it better) and this document to tell the stories in that commercial. These two things are free, but if you want to give back in a Radiohead style (choose your price), click here.

domingo, 20 de noviembre de 2016

ACTFL 2016 - My takeaways


Image result for actfl conventionIf you have never been to an ACTFL convention, I highly recommend it! During the past three days, I learned so much. I will still be processing and using a lot of things over the next few weeks, but I am going to share a few takeaways and highlights here. In addition to sharing, this is also a place that helps me reflect... reflexiones :) 



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  • Thursday I went to a pre-conference workshop titled: World-Readiness Standards: An Introduction to Standards-Based Unit Planning for Today’s Language Learners. It was presented by Laura Terrill and Donna Clementi (authors of the book to the right). There was a ton of stuff that I need to sift through and process. I worked with Jennifer Fraser and Rosa Blais to start a unit about social media for Spanish 2, so that was good. I am definitely going to use some of Arianne Dowd's stuff for that unit. And on that note, TPRS was not mentioned at all at this workshop, so that didn't sit well with me. I was hoping it would be mentioned as another option or as part of a language class, but it wasn't.


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  • SLA Myths with Stephen Krashen and Bill Van Patten - This research presented in this session validated a lot of what I have been doing the past few years, especially in level 1 with TPRS and CI. I really like the Tea with BVP podcast, but I don't always have an hour a week to listen to it.



  • So on the podcast theme, I did find another awesome podcast (and listened to 4 of them on one of my runs while I was in Boston). It is called Teachers that Teach. Louisa Walker is the "host" and she has short (10-12 minutes) podcasts about a variety of TPRS/CI topics. Here a few that I highly recommend:



  • Jean Rueckert and Lauren Mehrbach's "Out of the Language Box" session shared her school's language program. The program at the Singapore American School is a dream program! And it would be an incredible place to work.


  • Assessments that Guide Instruction and Reward Growth in Proficiency - This session was presented by Cynthia Hitz and Krista Kovalchick. My big takeaway from that session was that maybe I shouldn't be telling students when assessments will be, then I will really be assessing what they can do and what they know.




  • Beyond Digital… Taking Storytelling Mobile - This session was amazing with so many different ideas that I still need to process. Noah Geisel is an excellent, funny, and passionate presenter. See his presentation here. These were a few takeaways (more to come in future posts):

    • Use Snapchat for digital storytelling - It is quick, easy and students know how to use it!
    • Use StoryCorps for interviews.
    • Use periscope to present to an authentic audience... or just use periscope as an authentic listening/viewing experience because you can click on the map and see what people are doing in other countries.


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  • Powerhouse Strategies - This session was presented by Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido. These two are excellent presenters and I got some great tips! The session also inspired me to use Felipe Alou again. When I tried to use that book in the past it was in a "sports" unit so it didn't go that well... but now I realize that I can totally reframe that unit and do a much better job. A couple of other takeaways:
    • Use Possible or Probable questions, instead of sí or no.
    • Guest speakers - If you can't have them come to the classroom, bring them from YouTube or dress up like them.
    • *Note* It may seem like I am always promoting them, but I do not get paid :) I just love everything that Fluency Matter does!



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  • Breakout EDU: Immersive Learning Games for the World Language Classroom - This session was presented by Leslie Davidson. It was a fun problem solving activity that I hope to try. I was not very good at it, as I didn't realize that some of the locks had letter combinations! That was a good takeaway for me :) Another takeaway from that: backwards planning is KEY to this going well. I hope to do one of these for the novel Noche de oro.


  • And finally, I stopped in to the #uncon to learn a bit more about Snapchat with Laura Sexton, Maris Hawkins, Noah Geisel, and some others. I wished I had stayed until Sunday, but had to head back to NH!




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                    In addition to all these wonderful sessions, I was so happy to meet so many of my online colleagues face to face! In particular, it was really fun to attend three sessions with Arianne Dowd! I highly recommend her blog!

                    And it was fun to share the experience with my French-teaching colleague (and friend) and with another friend who is a new Spanish teacher :)