Brillante Viernes: February 24, 2017

Brillante Viernes Feb 24

Happy Friday!  This weather has been phenomenal around DC!  Although it has me ready for Spring Break, and Spring Break is far away.  March is here and with it brings March Music Madness in many FL classes.  I have been updating my Facebook page with all of the brackets across the web.  Here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • I have been focusing on how I am providing feedback.  This post was great.
  • These are some great tips for working with a novel and how to start.
  • I integrated this today!  Have students write 4-word picture stories.
  • I love how Laura is integrating grammar and culture.

Now, #flashbackfriday:

  • How I combined authentic resources
  • Template for an interpretive listening task
  • A small change that I implemented to increase TL use
  • I still love the song Mi Favorita by Renzo!
  • A fashion webquest (one of the links doesn’t work, but you could modify that question)
  • An English website with a lot of conversation starters
  • The game Chaos is people’s favorite post that I wrote

Brillante Viernes: February 17, 2017

Brillante Viernes: February 17

Happy Friday before a three day weekend!  Hurrah!  It is supposed to be warm in DC this weekend which if it isn’t going to snow, I will take.  Hopefully you have time to spend time with friends and family.  Here are some of my favorite blog posts from this week (and I normally post 4, but I just couldn’t limit myself this week!)  You have an extra day, so spend a few more minutes reading:

  • TeachThought has a great post about how to stop praising student work and give specific feedback and this post by Betsy about specific feedback.
  • Martina posts a valuable piece on copyright concern as more teachers post their work online, and Mike adds to this discussion as well.
  • I keep thinking about pre-listening/speaking/writing/reading activities.  Here are some pre-listening activities to do.
  • Also because I couldn’t decide between Bethany’s posts on adding videos to Google slides (and how to use this ability in the FL classroom) and open mind interactive slides.
  • Finally- if you have even more time, check out Sara-Elizabeth’s post on her blogs to watch!

More of my posts from this time in the past years of my blog:

Brillante Viernes: February 10, 2017


Happy Friday!  I am writing this from the airport- nervously hoping that my flight makes it to New York City tonight for NECTFL!  I will keep you updated via Twitter.  Follow along with #nectfl17.  Also, check out some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • Looking for a Valentine’s Day activity?  The Secondary Spanish Blog has you covered.
  • I love Annabelle’s brain breaks.  Here are some of her latest additions.
  • As I keep working on my own travel unit, this is a great addition with the foldable city.
  • One of my favorite music blogs is back!  Check out Emily’s latest post on new music.

Here is what I was up to in previous years:

Brillante Viernes: February 3, 2017

Brillante Viernes: February 3

Happy Friday!  This was our second full week, and I am beat.  I am ready for a relaxing weekend.  Also, we STILL haven’t had any snow.  I am getting antsy and will take a two hour delay at this point.  Here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • Elizabeth has been posting up a storm!  I am still figuring out how to continue to incorporate songs into class, and I love how she did an interpretive listening assessment for Bailando!
  • Check out Laura’s Chill Pill post.  I have decided that I will not apologize for creating community in L1.
  • I just did a singalong Friday with our chorus teacher and really like the idea of a singalong in class with the lyrics video!
  • Do you talk about what students did over the weekend?  I really like the idea of giving students a choice of a talking topic.  Here are 18 ideas to mix and match how to talk about your weekend.


  • This year, I am planning on doing a PearDeck to talk about the Super Bowl on Monday, but here was a reading that I have used in the past.
  • Some of my #authres from a medical unit
  • I love the group C9 and this was an activity from their song Eres.
  • My students go to visit the NGA each year.  I put together articles for them to read about each artist that we see.
  • Here are some of my wayback Wednesday ideas for Valentine’s Day.
  • I love Luis Fonsi!  This was one of the first songs that I discovered of his: Me gustas tú.

Brillante Viernes: January 27, 2017

Brillante Viernes Jan 27

Happy viernes!  This week, we have had parent teacher conferences.  I really do love the chance to talk to parents and get their perspective.  Also, it is getting close to NECTFL!  I will be presenting during the techlab!  I am really excited and nervous at the same time.  If you are there, I would love to talk to you and meet you!  Without further ado, here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • Elizabeth has had some great posts recently!  I keep playing around with how I am doing songs, and I enjoyed her post on La Lista (one of my favorite songs!)
  • This year, I want to keep playing around with how I use Google.  Have you signed up for the Google Teacher Tribe podcast?  I listened to the first episode, and I have already added an extension to Chrome!  Also, this Dayboard extension looks great!
  • I was really interested to read this post about how to milk a MovieTalk as I have done more of this.
  • Sara-Elizabeth hits the nail on the head about how to get along with others especially in the foreign language community.

Here are some of my older posts from this time:

  • One of my favorite interpersonal assessments- bootcamp!
  • If your school does online snow days, here are some of my tips.
  • How to work with a cultural reading from a textbook
  • One way I have differentiated my classes
  • This is one of my favorite Mana songs and perfect for beginning Spanish students
  • One of my favorite Taylor Swift lesson plans

Brillante Viernes: January 20, 2017

brillante viernes: jan 20

It’s viernes!  Actually, I have the day off for the Inauguration.  One perk of dealing with DC traffic every day is that we don’t have to deal with it on Inauguration Day.  We haven’t even had a single delay or snow day yet this year!  Whether or not you have a day off, take some time to read some of these blogs:

Here is what I posted in past years:

Brillante Viernes: January 13, 2017

Brillante Viernes: January 13, 2017

Happy Friday!!  It has been a rather long week for me since I got the stomach bug earlier this week.  That was a ROUGH day!  I hope this stays away from your schools because no one wants it.  However, I made it to Friday and a three day weekend! One of the highlights was a great class when my students just keep requesting their favorite songs that we have listened to.  I love it!  (They love David Parejo and Leslie Grace!) Below, share the roughest or best part of your week.

  • I LOVE everything about Sara-Elizabeth’s New Year’s post!
  • Laura is doing some cool things with songs recently.
  • I really like how Ashley has her students self-reflect.  Her documents are wonderful in her post.
  • This is a bit older, but just popped up on my Bloglovin!  As a former dancer, I love this Ballerina video with activities on Zachary Jones.

Flashback time!

Brillante Viernes: January 6, 2017

Brillante Viernes: Jan 6 2017

Happy Friday!  We have made it through the first week back to school!  Hopefully, some of yall get some good snow.  We didn’t get much this week, and my son really wants to make Frosty and a snowball.  So come on snow!  I am looking forward to breaking out our hot chocolate soon!  Here are some of my favorite posts from this week:

  • Sra Spanglish aka Laura Sexton found this new to me blog- and I love the 2016 resolutions!  Add this to your Bloglovin!
  • I love Martina’s idea about how to use stories to build empathy.
  • I always listen when Sharon talks about music!  Here is her top list of music from 2016!
  • Finally, I appreciate Thomas’ post about New Year’s goals.  I am definitely guilty of some of these goal infractions.

Flashback Friday to previous posts (including some of my VERY first blog posts!):

  • A great website to see how students struggle with learning difficulties
  • BlendSpace technology
  • Follow-up song activities
  • My problems with bulletin boards and how I tried to fix it
  • A low prep review idea if you are coming back from maternity leave
  • Anagram warm-up (or end of class activity)
  • An authentic resource on celebrities with a graphic organizer (AND my FIRST ever post!)
  • Nota: My girl song- which I still love!
  • How I love to put memes on exams
  • One way I used Today’s Meet

Brillante Viernes: December 30, 2016

Brillante Viernes: Dec 30

Happy last post of December!  I am down in Virginia Beach and enjoying the last few days of winter break!  I hope that your break has been filled with restful activities.  I have truly enjoyed spending so much time with my family… but I did not enjoy setting my oven on fire Christmas morning!  (Note to self: do not let oil drop down on your gas oven!)  Just in case you think my winter break was full of sunshine and Christmas lights… we definitely had some excitement!  I am also excited to go back to work after so many ideas I got from the Ditch Summit!  You still have time to watch the videos if you have not.  They are up through tomorrow.  Here are some of my other favorite posts from the past two weeks:

  • I LOVE this Teacher’s Reading Challenge for 2017!
  • Arianna posted some awesome MovieTalks for songs!
  • I keep grappling with the idea of how to empower my students to learn more by themselves without getting overwhelmed.  Sara-Elizabeth as always has encouraged me to pick up another book!
  • Alice Keeler was one of the bloggers that I learned about during the Ditch Summit!  I love so many of these Google tips for 2017!

This time of year, I obviously don’t post a ton, but I did want to share this post for 18 songs that I used in Spanish levels I/II.

Brillante Viernes: December 16, 2016

Brillante Viernes: Dec 16, 2016

Happy Friday!  And happy winter break to most of you (I hope!)  If not, keep on keeping on!  I know that you will make it through to the other side!  It is time to snuggle up and enjoy some well deserved rest and family time.  And now, we have learned that it is a MUST!  I will be in Maryland through Christmas then down to Virginia Beach through the New Year.  I hope that you have time to spend with your family.  I have a couple of posts planned and I will be hanging out at the Digital Summit starting today.  What are your plans?

  •   If you love Jesse y Joy, check out Bryan’s post about their newest album.
  • Laura always nails her posts, but as I keep moving towards proficiency, I found her post on proficiency very salient.
  • I want to start reading more about the Invisibles!  I love Mike’s post on this character.
  • There is a new Spanish blog!  Check out the first post on how to use music!

Flash back to last December!