After ACTFL, I was really reflecting on how I used authentic resources. As I said before, I really need to make sure that I am doing PRE- almost everything. Pre reading, pre teaching vocabulary before stories. (Maybe that will be my #oneprefix this year 🙂 I used this infographic which I have used many times. This time, I zoomed in on the man sneezing. Then, I had students brainstorm relevant vocabulary as well as a possible theme. We could complete a quick think-pair-share before we started with the questions. I really liked using the think-pair-share because it gave students an easy quick way to talk in Spanish. If a student didn’t know a word, they would check with their partner for confirmation.
As I continue to delve into using more authentic resources, I find myself teaching more about how to use each resource. For example, we discussed what an infographic was. I told students how to use a picture in an infographic. I could also give hints such as read the headlines of each topic. It can seem overwhelming when a student cannot tell how the infographic is organized. I am hoping that as I continue to work with these authentic resources, students will become more savvy. I also hope that I become more savvy into how to work with each infographic! Many times, I just assume that I only want students to get a superficial knowledge of each resource; however, I am starting to want more from my students as we continue to work with them!
In the future, I am excited to try Seesaw’s new labeling feature. It would be great to either create something of a “book snap” about what is happening or labeling words throughout. You could look at Seesaw as a type of Snapchat (without disappearing!)