Brillante Viernes: December 6, 2019

Brillante Viernes: Dec 6

Happy Friday!  Whew!  It has been a crazy week!  We have our comments and grades due this week, so I have been busily writing all week for my 70 students.  I only have 13 students to go tomorrow, so I am thrilled!  (Luckily, I know how my pace is, so I knew how to balance it out.  I have learned to set them out, but in college, I would have to have races with my hallmate about what page we had finished the night before a paper was due!  Just me?!)

These past few weeks, I have been reflective about how I want to continue to shape my blog.  One thing that I want to transform a bit is my Brillante Viernes.  I want to share more about my week here especially when it seems a bit too hectic to write a full post with lesson plans and details.  A few of my successes this week:

Successes December 5

In third grade, I gave students a list of words to look for in the ¿Qué Tal? magazine (animals, cognates, countries, food etc), and they looked through the magazine for these words.  The students loved it- and loved it even more when they could keep the magazine!

In fourth grade, I did a MovieTalk with this video because we are reading Edi el elefante.  My students really loved it!  (I have used the same YouTube channel earlier with my fifth graders, and they love it, too!)  Then, I wanted to push them to start speaking more the next day.  I have a collection of fake jewels (like these) and I gave one to each student.  I said that they had to say one thing about the video in Spanish as we watched it again.  I told students that they could pick the section, but if at the end, they hadn’t picked something to say, I would pick it for them.  I always would wait a second to give my students who don’t participate as much a chance to do so.  They could also use their notes.  It was a hit!  Everyone participated!  I have tried the same activity with my sixth graders, and it worked nicely as well.

But what wasn’t a hit?  My mini-whiteboard activity with my third graders.  I was hoping that they would be able to start writing a sentence in Spanish about pictures that I displayed.  Whomp whomp.  While some students could do it, it was a bit too difficult for most.  I definitely needed to scaffold their writing tasks more.  I was actually even remembered to make that note in my planner for next year!

Now onto some other ideas from other blog posts these past few weeks:

  • I have written a few missives about how much Sara-Elizabeth has meant to me since her post was published.  She was one of the first blogs that I read about Spanish teaching (and not cooking!) and she has taught us all so much through the years.  Her final post was just as powerful as all of her other posts.  And I still get emotional every time I see the title.
  • If you want to start Free Voluntary Reading in your class, check out Sarah Breckley’s latest video!  (Also, I was fortunate to meet Sarah at ACTFL, and she is one of the most kind, intelligent and thoughtful people ever.)
  • I want to continue to be more mindful about how I incorporate intercultural practices into my classes.  Laura recently blogged about how she focused on this at ACTFL.
  • If you need some more tips for December ideas, check out what JJ will be doing in her classes.

Some posts you may have missed:

  • If you want to know more about FVR (Free Voluntary Reading), I recommend picking up Mike Peto’s book.  You can check out my review here.
  • How to be engaged as a language teacher
  • Salad bowl is a fun game to play at this time of year!
  • I blogged about how I taught Billy y las botas: graphic novel.

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