Saturday, November 25, 2017

Agradecida por tanto

¡Hola! Me parece increíble que ya haya celebrado el Día de Acción de Gracias dieciocho veces... Dieciocho años hace ya que crucé el Atlántico y me quedé a vivir en Nueva Jersey, con la suerte de poder dedicarme a lo que más me gusta... enseñar mi idioma y mi cultura!
Mucho ha llovido desde aquel 17 de noviembre de 1998, cuando tan solo con 21 años llegué a NY, un poco asustada, la verdad, para cuidar a dos niñas a las que llegaría a querer como si fuesen mis hermanitas.
En estos dieciocho años me han pasado muchísimas cosas por las que estoy tremendamente agradecida, entre ellas vosotr@s, que me seguís en Instagram, en Teachers Pay Teachers, que me dejáis mostraros un poquito de mi día a día, de mis clases, de mis locuras...

Me gustaría agradecerte tu fidelidad con la oportunidad de ganar una tarjeta de regalo de Teachers Pay Teachers, ¿te gustaría? Solo tienes que entrar en el sorteo que encontrarás siguiendo este link.

Más de veinte profesor@s de español nos hemos unido para ofrecerte estos regalos, con los que esperamos que encuentres los recursos perfectos para tus clases. 

Si gustas, no olvides darte un paseo virtual por mi tienda, donde encontrarás recursos para todas las edades, de calidad y probados en mis clases. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

La vuelta al cole

Wait, what? Already getting ready for Back to School? What happened to Summer?
I follow many teachers on Instagram, and I am also an administrator in the Facebook's group Spanish Teachers in the US, and I see you guys are already getting ready for school!!!! yeah, yeah... some schools start earlier than others, but still... your classrooms look amazing ALREADY!!

Well, I AM excited to get my classroom ready for the new school year, maybe in a couple of weeks I'll bring my kids to school to help me set up my room (or at least to keep me company).

Ever since I got my own room, since I have been teaching my five classes in the same room, I am VERY excited about bulletin boards... A high school teacher going crazy over bulletin boards? yes, and you might be surprised to find out that a lot of Spanish teachers we have that in common! :)

At the beginning of the school year I always have one of my bulletin boards with a set of posters that give the students reasons to learn a foreign language. This is a picture of my bulletin board.

It's funny because we tend to think students pay attention to our bulletin boards, but they do! I always find one or two students reading these 10 reasons why they should learn languages .

Another one of my favorite bulletin boards to set up at the beginning of the school year is a "Frases útiles" board. With more than 75 different high frequency phrases, this has become a must have resource for Spanish teachers.

Get your students talking right away! They will love using these catchy phrases in Spanish, and they will surprise you with how quickly they become familiar with them; ¡te lo prometo! :)
What is your favorite rejoinder? One that I always say, and I didn't realized how much until a student pointed it out last year, is ¡qué desastre! I was told by this student that I must say that an average of three times per period! Ja!

And of course a cognates word wall or bulletin board is also very helpful to have. Here you have more than 130 cognates, divided into nouns, verbs and adjectives.  Simply print the different slides in different color papers and it will be visually appealing to your students, as well as an enormous help with instant language!

I will post pictures of my Frases útiles and cognados bulletin boards... I know, I know... I still don't have my classroom ready... ¡qué desastre! But in my defense, I am just trying to enjoy the last few days that I have left with my nine and almost seven years old big kids, and my almost seven month old baby... :)

Have a happy Back to School, and may this school year be the best one yet!! 

Monday, June 12, 2017

World Languages Soccer Tournament!

Please salute the 2016-2017 WH World Languages Soccer Tournament Champions!
That's right! We brought the cup right where it belongs; room 287.

2016-2017 Champions

For the past 4 years we have been doing a WL Soccer Tournament at my school at the end of the school year. Who participates? The Senior classes of the languages that we offer. This year we had three teams; Spanish, Italian, and French. Next school year we will invite a senior English class, and hopefully team USA will join us! (Madame Greenberg's awesome idea!)

We started doing this Tournament because... honestly? Because seniors have already checked out by this time of the year, right? So we wanted to keep them engaged somehow, and this tournament is the perfect solution!

We started back in 2014, with the World Cup (yes, the World Cup where Spain did soooo poorly, don't remind me), and little by little this activity has soared and the majority of the school looks forward this event! Some teachers will even bring their classes out to see the games, especially the final!

We could not host this tournament without the support of our administration, so a big shoutout to the administration of our school, including the athletic director. The Physical Education teachers are also on board with us, and they let us use their field, equipment and time; THANK YOU!

And next year? Who'll be the champions? My Spanish IV class is VERY excited about next year...

WL Soccer Tournament Championship

  • 2013-2014: Italian
  • 2014-2015: Spanish
  • 2015-2016: Italian
  • 2016-2017: Spanish

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Was Johnny in class today?

As the school year comes to an end, and also my maternity leave, I am doing a lot of thinking about what can I do to get better in the classroom. Because, let's be honest, we all can get better... and I personally think that if you think you are perfect in the classroom, then the classroom is not where you should be spending your days... Teachers need to constantly seek ways of improving... your lessons, your interactions with students and staff, your leadership, classroom management... everything. Change things around, be creative, be innovative, be spontaneous.

One of the things that I have been thinking about A LOT is flexible seating, and whether or not I can do it in a high school classroom. I don't think I am ready to implement it any time soon, but I keep thinking about it, reading about it, looking for ideas and guidance... Maybe one day.

And WHAT I REALLY WANT TO GET BETTER AT is keeping track of attendance. Why is it so difficult for me to take attendance? Thank goodness this year I don't have a Home Room! First year in the ten years I have been teaching at my high school. You have no idea how many times the secretary has asked me to submit Home Room attendance through the PA system. Embarrassing.
I've thought about putting a student in charge of reminding me to take attendance. I have a post-it on my desk that says ATTENDANCE with big bold letters.... nothing. I keep forgetting. So when I go back on the 25th of this month I am taking this picture with me:

Knowing me, I'll stare and the picture without even reading what it says in it...

Have a great end of the school year everyone!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Extra credit? Yes, please! An end-of-the-school-year tip for you and your students!

Can you believe the end of the school year is around the corner? And with it, students last minute anxieties and the inevitable question "can I do some extra credit?" My answer, "yes!" And no, I don't give them the kind of extra credit that will make my life busier than it already is with three kids of my own. Because let's face it, most of the students that ask for extra credit are not exactly asking to go from an A minus to an A (although I always have a couple of them). These students struggle, for whatever reason, in our classes. So why give them extra credit that involves more studying?

So, this is what I offer them to do. Pick a topic, any topic that has to do with Spanish (preferably something that we have done/studied that year in class) and create something that I can use for my future classes or to decorate my classroom. Anything? they ask surprised. Yes, anything. I ask them to check with me before they start working on it. I then add a couple of points to their fourth marking period grade. Throughout the past three years (when I started offering this option), I have gotten all kinds of cool things for my room. Grammar posters, cultural posters, Frida and Picasso's paintings (these high-schoolers are so talented!), games, calendars, videos (grammar and those "Visit Spain" kind of videos), stories to do TPR with my IEP driven class...

With this simple, no prep (yay!) thing, your students are happy (yay again!) and YOU get cool things for your room! (yay, yay and yay!)

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