Happy Saturday! (I am trying to keep up the alliteration!) I am back from Disney, and I wanted to share a resource for you for Monday and a few of my favorite resources that I have seen this week.
First, I have made two new Flipgrids for the month of April. After some reflection, I think it will work better to try for one a month. That seems to be more attainable. (But let me know! What do you think?) For Spanish 2, I decided to aim questions about vacations. Students can discuss what they did over vacation. While I asked about traveling, I also added mostly questions around what many people do on vacation- sleep, watch TV and eat/go to the mall. I wanted to make sure there was something for everyone- even the student who insists s/he didn’t do anything.
For my second Flipgrid for level 1, I included some generic questions about spring- what is the weather like where you live, what do you do in the spring, etc. The other thing that I would encourage everyone to do is to have your students respond to some videos! Especially for my level 2 students, I make sure my students respond to other videos. This will help them with interpersonal skills. Remember, if students just record a response, they are practicing presentational speaking. Have them ask a question back!
With some more updates (and a plan for Monday), I have been LOVING Kara’s Story Listening resources for songs. She published a new one this week. So far, I have used Corazón from Maluma, Bailar by Deorro (such a funny story!) and No soy como tú crees by Ana Mena. Next time, I can’t wait to try story sequencing with these stories a la Maestra Loca from her blog. Many of these stories are written in short lines, so they would be easy to cut up and have students put back in order. (Or change it up with one of her strategies from the Comprehensible Online conference!)
Speaking of which, La Maestra Loca’s Easter themed lesson plan would be great to use if you didn’t have school last week! I may modify it with some flower pictures instead and use it when it actually gets warmer here. (It is supposed to snow tomorrow night! I am ready to pack up and move to Florida right about now…)
Also, Martina’s blog post on assessments is something that every teacher should read! I believe that assessments should be able to highlight student success and not be a gotcha. Read this post for even more tips!
Finally, I have been sharing my reviews of CI books on my blog to help teachers decide which books may be for them and now on CI Reading, they are focusing on student reviews! It would be great to print these out and include them in your library to inspire more reviews as well.
Hope these ideas help ease you back into school after break!