About

I am a Middle School and Upper School Spanish teacher in Maryland.  I am married to a former Navy sailor, so we have lived all over the country.  I taught at a high school in Vista, California during my first year.  Next, I taught Spanish in Norfolk, Virginia to grades 1-6.  Now, I teach different levels of Spanish to 8th-12th graders.  I am blessed to have a wonderful husband and son who always support my crazy endeavors.

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  1. Hello-
    The school I work at is opening a middle school next year and I am investigating different curriculum options. I currently teach K-5 Spanish and the administration would like us to invest in a good curriculum for Spanish for the middle school. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks!

  2. Hi Meghan! Right now, we use the textbooks Como te va for Spanish 1A and Spanish 1B and Buen Viaje for Spanish 1 and the Upper School Spanish classes. Our teachers do not really love this series, and we are currently looking for a new series. I would love to use the National Spanish Exam content and supplement with books and my own hand-outs. This can be a lot of work though, and you have to have a teacher who has taught previously. I was just talking to a friend who loves the Realidades series. Best of luck as you develop your curriculum and let me know if I can offer any more advice!

  3. ¡Hola Maris!

    This is César Alvarez. I am a Spanish teacher from Spain currently working in San Francisco.

    I have created a Spanish educational website where music plays a very important role. The website has been created from a teachers perspective. It is really useful for educators and very fun for students.

    I would really appreciate it if you guys took a look at my website and maybe consider writing a little post about it in your blog, if you think it could be useful for your followers.

    I am a school teacher and my resources are very limited so I would really appreciate your help to help me spread the word about my site.

    A lot of the content of the site is free but there is some content restricted for people without a subscription. I would like to set up a free account for you and another one that you could raffle among your followers. I hope you like the idea!

    http://www.rockalingua.com

    ¡Gracias!

    César

  4. ¡Hola!

    I just discovered your fabulous blog and I’m so happy! I teach 8th grade Spanish in CT. I love so many of your ideas, and I can’t wait to put them into practice. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    1. Thank you so much! I love 8th graders even this time of the year! Hopefully yall are getting some of this sunny weather up in CT. We almost actually moved there instead of Maryland- oh the Navy!

  5. Hola! I recently found your blog and find it to be an incredible resource! My students next year are receiving Chromebooks through the district, which leaves me with endless possibilities for how to do things. I am thinking about changing up my methodology into either some variation of a blended class like you have or a PBL-based class. I guess the question I have for you is how do you do that with your level 1s? I teach 8th grade Spanish 1 and 2 and am interested in learning more about how you do comprehensible input with all the different levels that you teach, but mostly I’m interested in how you do the blended learning/PBL format with your 1s. I know once we get going and they have a decent base of the language it will be easier, but I’m just thinking about that first month of school when they have almost zero knowledge of the language. I expect it would be a lot of input and repetition, but I’m just not sure how to do that without resorting to a lot of note-taking and other old school (read: boring) techniques. What are your suggestions? Feel free to email me at jennifer.lipson@pccsk12.com or comment here. Muchisimas gracias in advance!

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