We had an awesome meeting with Sara-Elizabeth- even though it was brief. As I mentioned before, many times I do not blog about my failures. Here we go- a failure on my part… Recently, I tried to get my students to speak Spanish more in class. I gave them a homework pass and candy if they (and I) spoke in Spanish the entire class. I thought if they could be successful then they would continue to speak more Spanish in subsequent classes. While some students started to speak Spanish more, it did not happen exactly as I wanted.
THEN! We had the PD with Sara-Elizabeth. One of her suggestions was so easy to start. Today, I looked up a few pictures on Google Image. I showed them in between activities, and students were so excited to participate! They wanted to speak in Spanish. They were not always speaking in complete sentences as many teachers want, but they understood what I was saying, and they responded back correctly. I encourage you to do the same- find some quick images about what you are practicing and project them in between activities. It is easy to think of questions, and it helps the students respond in Spanish. It is also a quick brain break for the students.