martes, 23 de mayo de 2017

Cien Latinos Dijeron

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What to do with those days when a third of the class is gone and it is approaching the end of the school year?? It is always a challenge! Today, in my AP class (after doing FVR and working on our Kiva presentations), we played and watched Cien Latinos Dijeron (basically Family Feud in Spanish).

I used this episode (saved here in Google Drive in case it disappears). Before watching a segment with one question, we played with that question in class. This doc has all the questions and answers and I am sharing it here in case anyone needs an authentic, engaging, go-to, fun, easy, low-prep activity!

A few things about this activity:
  • This show repeats so much! So, if you tell students the questions ahead of time, they will know the context and be able to hear the questions several times.
  • It might be a good idea to let students answer in English and then translate because they might not have the necessary vocabulary to answer some of the questions.
  • This is a great show for students to see because it is in the United States and the 100 latinos that said something are from the U.S.. The contestants are from the U.S. and/or a variety of Spanish speaking countries.
  • Students are familiar with the format, so it is easy for them to understand what is happening.
  • Watching this show has been a favorite choice for Tarea Semanal... what a fun way to increase interpretive listening proficiency!



More important than Spanish?

My school is currently getting ready to go our NEASC accreditation self-study, so we have all been thinking about how we incorporate our 21st Century Learning Expectations in to our curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Our next step is to ensure that we are purposefully teaching these things in our classrooms. So... how to do that? One easy (and fun!) way is using Breakout Edu activities.
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I have done a few Breakout Edu activities from Martina Bex (Carmina (after this favorite unit), Cuba o casa after reading the book Casa Dividida, and Escape con abuela) and they all went very well. Students really liked them and I love to watch them work together and see those light bulbs light up! All three of those are regular Breakouts with the physical locks and the lockbox and I highly recommend them both!

But, this past Friday, my Spanish 2 class and my AP class did a Digital Breakout (free here, thanks Nelly!), made by Nelly Hughes and it was even better! This Breakout was perfect for a Friday Fun Day activity. I broke the classes up in to groups of 4-5 students and they had to work together in small groups to solve the problems. 

The most important thing for me to do before the Breakout activity is to explain why we are doing this and what this activity should look like (this is the teaching of those 21st CLE). In order to do this, I have put together a rubric that uses four of my school's School Wide Rubric strands (click here to see it):
  • Collaboration and Cooperation
  • Problem Solving
  • Perseverance and Self-Advocacy
  • Transfer of Knowledge
We go over the rubric before they start and I explain (teach) what these things look like in the Exemplary column. The language in the rubric is general, so I explain in simplified terms. I told them that these things might be more important than Spanish (gasp! ;) ). I also emphasize that they might not solve all the puzzles and that is okay, as long as they are working in the "Exemplary" or "Accomplished" columns! After doing that, I release them to get to work.

I was so impressed with my students during this Breakout. They were mostly "Exemplary".  I would expect that from my AP students, but I was particularly impressed with my non-honors Spanish 2 students; they were amazing working together! So many of them said that they loved it and definitely want to do it again.

I hope to find (or maybe create this summer) some more Digital Breakouts and do this once a month next year. 

Also, if you haven't started following Nelly's store on TPT, I recommend it!

And, Arianne Dowd has just started a TPT store as well! She has free Breakout for Ladrón que roba a ladrón that I hope to do next year. Also, you can search "Breakout" on her site and find some others!

Want to learn more or find other ones? Check out this post from Fluency Matters.

martes, 9 de mayo de 2017

TPT Sale!

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Here are some of the items that I have in my store, with links to a more detailed description of them.

  • Diamantes Negros - This is an awesome movie that can be used in upper levels. It shows a different perspective of immigration in the world of professional soccer in Europe. Click here to read more about the unit and click here to read about a socratic seminar that could be done after.
Diamantes Negros - Pre AP or beginning AP unit
  • This movie is also awesome!! Fantastic for upper levels - 3 Bellezas. Click here to read more about the unit.
3 Bellezas - A unit packet for Spanish 4, 5, or AP
Soy yo - a story/song mini unit for Spanish 1 (or above)
Inmigración para español 1 (The Other Side and La Misma Luna)
A pre-AP unit based around the song Sicario by Rubén Blades
Canela - Movie Guide
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viernes, 5 de mayo de 2017

Alba y la maniquí

Image result for barbie mannequinIf you use the cortometraje Alma (click here to see how I use it in the past tense), this story, "Alba y la maniquí" will be great to do before you get into Alma! The doc (free, click here) includes the story, space to illustrate the story (students did that as they read it, after they listened to me tell it), questions in English to check for comprehension, a link to a Quizlet Live activity for the story, and a verdad/mentira activity. It is the third of four stories in my current Spanish 2 unit. I use two others, one from Cynthia Hitz and another from Elena López. This unit is fun, engaging, and, for people tied to "teaching the preterite in Spanish 2," students get a good first glimpse of talking about actions in the past!

viernes, 14 de abril de 2017

Flipgrid for Interpersonal Speaking... and for reaching outside of classroom walls

Have you heard of Flipgrid? Arianne Dowd recommended it to me (anything she recommends you should check out) and I tried it for the first time yesterday. It was excellent! I am so looking forward to exploring all the possibilities that can be done with it. There are probably blog posts out there about this already... but I haven't seen them yet, so I thought I would share here about this fabulous resources!


  • So what is it?
  • Flipgrid is a website/app that can be used for asynchronous communication. Students get a link to a teacher created "flipgrid". They enter the password and then they can post videos. Other students (or outside "visitors") can respond to those videos. (The subscription costs $65 for students to be able to respond to each other). 


  • What did we do with it?
    • We just finished our También la lluvia unit (unit packet) in my AP class, so in order to "discuss" the movie, all students had to post two questions and answer three or more of their classmates' questions. I emphasized that this is interpersonal, so they are just supposed to answer... not prepare notes!
    • Students did an excellent job and enjoyed it!
    • There were 31 questions posted and 122 responses. That is a lot of verbal exchanges!

  • Why is so great?
    • Interpersonal Speaking without the pressure: Flipgrid takes the pressure of off students. They were in the hallway and in the classroom speaking and listening to each other without the pressure of everyone listening to them at the same time.
    • Interpersonal Speaking: It can be challenging really "do" in the classroom. Flipgrid allows for this to happen in a fun way.
    • Listening: Students not only listened to the questions of their classmates, but also they listened to their classmates' responses to their questions.
    • Choice: Students got to choose which questions they answer.
    • Fun: Students really seemed to enjoy this activity! They especially liked taking the selfie that will be displayed for each video (see pensive selfie above).
  • What else can you do with it?
    • Reach outside the classroom walls! I contacted a reporter via Twitter who wrote one of the articles (Arianne translated it and it is in the unit packet) that we read during this unit and he has agreed to answer some questions from my students. This will be a fantastic and authentic interpretive listening activity for my students.
    • Reach outside the classroom walls! I am repeating this because there are so many possibilities with this, especially because it is asynchronous communication.
    • Obviously interpersonal speaking is much easier to do with AP students because they are top notch students with lots of language ability, but I am planning to use Flipgrid next week with my Spanish 2 students for an interpersonal speaking assessment as well. I hope to share how that goes next week.