Piratas del Caribe: Wrapping up, assessments and reflection

In my previous posts, I wrote about some of the activities for the first chapters and second group of chapters.  With the last batch of chapters, I tend to repeat many of the same activities that I have done before.  While novelty is wonderful, it has been weeks since we have done many of theseContinue reading “Piratas del Caribe: Wrapping up, assessments and reflection”

Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto- Chapters 1-3

I started Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto at the beginning of the month in level 1, but due to snow days/delays and other cancellations, I have only seen my students four times so far.  If you are interested in how I teach novels, you can check out this post here.  My students haveContinue reading “Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto- Chapters 1-3”

Activities for the book Frida Kahlo by Kristy Placido

I chose Frida Kahlo to start the year with my Spanish V class.  This book by Kristy Placido is excellent.  I had a pretty good background about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, but I really did not realize how crazy her life was until I read this book.  As I stated in my previous post, IContinue reading “Activities for the book Frida Kahlo by Kristy Placido”

My biggest mistakes using novels (and how I fixed them)

With my beginning levels, I started teaching novels.  It was going decently, but still many students didn’t enjoy them.  I didn’t feel like I was reaching as many students as I wanted.  However, after studying how more people used novels in class and developing my units, I have realized my biggest mistakes and how IContinue reading “My biggest mistakes using novels (and how I fixed them)”

Finishing up Billy y las botas… and reflections!

I wanted to wrap up a few activities that I completed with Billy y las botas before break!  I also want to include a few ideas that I would change next time. I was really bad at pre-teaching vocabulary.  I assumed (incorrectly) that students would pick up the vocabulary as I was reviewing it.  WhenContinue reading “Finishing up Billy y las botas… and reflections!”

Billy y las botas: Days 4 and 5

We are continuing our journey reading Billy y las botas!  I am enjoying this change of pace, and my students seem to be enjoying it as well.  Luckily, last week, I caught the #langchat discussion with Carrie Toth.  (The summaries are posted here if you missed it!)  This provided a reminder to me of aContinue reading “Billy y las botas: Days 4 and 5”