I based this off of Rachel Emery's excellent slideshow of drawings and captions which she shares on TeachersPayTeachers for free. The slides are nice and simple, so I was able to use it with all of my classes while differentiating the discussion to suit.
Feel free to edit and if sharing please credit Rachel. If sharing with students, you might want to pull in a few pictures of the various characters/places/things. I do not share those here as copyright law is different than for what I share in my classroom, as I understand it.
This reading was made with my Spanish 2 and 3 classes in mind. I use the word "gente" to describe the insurgents. Seems appropriate, plus we had been listening to the song Mi Gente last week.
In less than 3 weeks Comprehensible Midwest is coming to eastern Wisconsin. Ripon WI to be exact. The second annual.
Bob Patrick is going to speak to everyone as the keynote. To say that he transformed his school's Latin program would be an understatement. For his exceptional work he was named a finalist for the ACTFL Teacher of the Year. I am really looking forward to hearing Bob's message.
I personally believe that state and regional conferences like CIMW that are popping up around the country are a really big and important development. I am jazzed to be participating again this year.
We're moving Equity and Personalization to the front of the conversation. We're training each other in the skills and strategies of Teaching with Comprehensible Input. We're c...
Kyle who came to my workshop at Comprehensible Iowa this summer recently asked me about some routine things I do in my classes. Here's one.
I often do a Weekend Chat on Mondays. I think a lot of teachers do something like this. Below is my approach. I can't recall if I learned this simple twist from an other teacher or if I came up with it. Chances are the former, so I'll just say that I stole it from one of my many mentors in the CI world and apologize up front for not being able to properly credit. It's also possible that nearly everyone does this and I am oblivious.
For Spanish 1 especially, but also in upper levels, I prefer to constrict the question to one verb i.e. "What did you X?" (yell, eat, break, throw, drop, etc). For novices, this is nice because I don't h...
I really like to start class by playing some Spanish-language music in my classroom. A couple years ago I started doing a bell-ringer, which is a short task for them to complete or a handful of questions for them to answer or a few phrases for them to translate. Below I'll walk you through how I incorporate this little system of daily music into my classes.
I have decided which song I am going to play this week prior to Period 1, but sometimes only 2 minutes prior. I encourage my students to send me songs (with lyrics) they'd like to listen to in class. They know I will not accept songs with school-inappropriate lyrics (um, Despacito???). Most of the time however, nobody sends me anything to consider... so I get to choose!
I play the same song for all my classes, Spanish 1 thru 4. S...