Should Teachers Assign Target-Language Names? {Facebook Corner}

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Fun for Spanish Teachers asked the following question based on an article published by Education World.

“Should Teachers Assign Target-Language Names?”

Joe: I teach approximately 300 students and try to make positive contact with every child and her/his family every year. I cannot imagine trying to remember every child’s given name AND target language name.

Erin :I agree with Joe. I teach a large number of students so I don’t give them Spanish names. I know they would live it though. unsure emoticon

Danyell : I have over 500 and I don’t give them target language names either.

Jeffrey: Same here. I teach 700 kids a week.

Sarah: Sometimes I will call a student using Spanish pronunciation or add “-ito” or “ita” like Briannita for a girl name Brianna, or Rosita for a girl named Rose. It makes it feel more like how a Spanish speaker would possibly address them and can be fun and endearing. I have a student named “Religion” and sometimes I say her name as it is in Spanish Religión… However, I am opposed to children choosing a new”name and especially do not want them to feel like they are “acting”… I want it to be authentic communication as their own identity and self.

Fun for Early and Elementary Spanish Teachers: Same here! I don’t give them names in Spanish. I have to many students and it doesn’t feel natural to me to call them by a different name.

Danyell : I have a Simon, Carolina, Brianna and a few others that I use more of an accent with, too. I love the –ita, –itoidea!

Simone: I have given Spanish names to my students who are new to the study of Spanish each fall. i use the Spanish version of their name or a name with many of the same letters, when necessary. Most of these children are first graders. They are normally thrilled with their new “Spanish names,” but occasionally I offer an alternative or two to a child who doesn’t like the sound of my first choice. i find it is useful in teaching them some of the basic pronunciation rules and correspondence to spelling in the beginning.

BrigetteI only teach 2 classes at the moment. We are in an area that is majority Hispanic, so Hispanic names are normal here and there is nothing to be learned from adopting one. I give my students a list of animals and plants. They choose from there or can choose any “kind” vocabulary word from the glossary of the text. They learn their classmates’ new names fast and therefore have 25 or so new words they know if Spanish. I did not do this when I had 250 students a day.

Mundo de PepitaI give my kiddos Spanish names when they get to 2nd grade (I teach K-4)…they clamor for them like mad! BUT, I explain the difference between their real name and the one we use for Spanish class, which is like a ‘code name’, and that they would absolutely need to introduce themselves to a native speaker using their real name. I have to say that it continues the sound of Spanish throughout class, and they so enjoy it. They are also useful when we start introducing the alphabet (3rd grade) and rudimentary reading skills… especially letters like ‘j’, ‘ll’, and ‘ñ’… they are able to make the connection between the Spanish sound and the letter because they have seen and used it with their name.

Caroline: Short I do give them Spanishnames and they love it! They laugh at their new names and love hearing their names being called out in class.

CrianzaBicultural: I don’t think you need to change their names, but it is important to show them the equivalent of their names in the language they are learning. And the idea of using ito and ita or even a pronunciation in the target language is great for immersion purpose.

SeñoraSpeedy: I don’t give my students names either since I can barely remember their real names! I saw a great idea on the Nandu listserv though – a middle school teacher had students choose adjectives to go with their names. They learned descriptions and she had a way to help remember all their names.

Margaret: I did this one year with second grade, they were also studying Mexico in class. I spent hours on a Spanish baby name site trying to find names as close as possible to real names. We also made name “necklace” tags, helped us all remember. The kids enjoyed it.

Janina :I teach PK to 8th. Only the 3rd graders get to pick their Spanish name from a list of 100 most common Spanish names. They make their own name tags. This way I can call them by their new name.They have a blast, specially because they are the only ones in school allowed to do so.

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Back-To-School Freebies and More!

It’s back-to-school time for me, and I’ve been busy working on new products that I plan to use with my classes. I have been sharing them during the summer on my Facebook page and finally decided to put them all together in one post so you can decide what works for you. Some of them are freebies, and some of them are paid products.

1. Labels for Interactive Spanish Notebooks and Folders

Download your free copy HERE!

2. All about me puzzle in Spanish
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Download your copy HERE!

4. Signs for the Spanish Classroom
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5. Participation Punch Cards 
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You might also like…

1. Famous Hispanics Calendar Set

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2. Owl Lesson Plan Book, Grade Book and Substitute Teacher Pages for Binder 
Buy here

3. “Bienvenidos” Pennants 
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4. Fall Flip Books 
Buy here

5. “All About Me” Pennants
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I also have seasonal and  year round resources! Please visit my store in Teachers Pay Teachers to learn all about the different resources I have!


Whole Brain Teaching in the Spanish Classroom {Facebook Corner}

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Ana Alicia says:
“Whole Brain Teachers! How do you introduce your rules in Spanish class. Do you use only Spanish? A little bit of English? English? This will be my first year using WBT. I am also trying to translate “Teach, OK” , “Mighty Groan” and “Mighty Oh Yeah.” Any ideas? Thanks for your help. Have an awesome school year!”

SeñoraSpeedy : I love WBT! I keep the rules in English so that there are no excuses for not following them. I do Clase, clase, si, Espejo, Enseña, and Cambia. For the scoreboard they do ¡OH ! and ¡Que pena! We also did the air punctuation (well sometimes and only in 1st grade but they loved it and I need to remember to do it more.) Here is a link to a few blog entries where I outline how I use WBT in my classroom. 

Fun for Early and Elementary Spanish Teachers Wow! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I started using WTB a little last year and it worked great. I plan to start with WTB from day zero. I am still reading the book.

Neen: I have pictures next to my rules which are written in Spanish. I try to keep everything in the TL.

Christina: I have them in Spanish too!! Love WBT!

Roxanne:  We say the rules in Spanish and have hand gestures that accompany them. My partner teacher, who teaches in English, does them I’m English making sure to use the same hand gestures.

Danyell: This is great!

Kimberly: I have the rules posted in Spanish! I will go over them in English for the first weeks until they get the hang of them

Tabitha: Many thanks, SeñoraSpeedy…I’m moving from high school to Kindergarten (Spanish immersion) and I was wondering how to introduce WBT and in which language!!

Jeisa: I teach Spanish Immersion too. I have my wbt rules posted in Spanish. At the beginning of the year we go over the rules every day in the target language. I have the posters already made in TpT in Spanish. Good luck!

SeñoraSpeedy:  Tabitha – I think you could easily do the rules in Spanish if you are immersion. I am in the Specials rotation so I don’t see my students often enough for me to feel comfortable doing them in Spanish. Although by the end of the year I did have students asking how to say them in Spanish so I might start in English and transition to Spanish later on in the year.

Mundo de Pepita I have the rules posted in Spanish, along with all our other procedures. Like Kimberly, we go over them in English and Spanish at the beginning of the year so everyone is clear and by the end of Sept I’ve transitioned over to only Spanish. (I teach in a Specials rotation like Señora Speedy). For getting their attention when I need it, I use the call and response ‘Nachos’, ‘Salsa’. I would also note I teach using Responsive Classroom, so lots of modeling and reinforcing throughout the year.

Kristy: What do the rules look like in your classrooms? This is only my second year teaching Spanish in the elementary classroom.

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Back-To-School Bilingual Blog Hop

I am so excited to be part of this bilingual blog hop that will help you get ready for the new school year. 19 bilingual teachers have teamed up to share with you all these amazing resources that I hope will make your transition to the new school year easier. If you have already started teaching, these materials will serve you well too!

 I have put together a set of six flipbooks with vocabulary related to the fall season. These flipbooks can be used as a way to introduce or support your units. 
Download your free copy HERE!
Last but not least! As part of the blog hop we are also hosting a big shopping spree giveaway. Two lucky teachers will win $100 worth of products from our TpT store. Just fill out the Rafflecopter to participate. ¡Buena suerte!

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Bringing Different Rhythms to Class {Cultural Corner}

I am one of those Spanish teachers that loves singing in class for many reasons.
Through songs, students learn new vocabulary, internalize grammar structures that may be useful in the future, and explore vocabulary in context – and singing along to a tune is a great way for them to practice pronunciation.

I teach at the elementary level and of course some songs may be complicated for my students. However I ensure there is a natural progression, where I first introduce some basic rhythms, and later, with greater familiarity of beats and timing, we use the rhythms in the various songs we learn in class.  We sing the songs while adding some features of the rhythms and some basic dance steps, which adds some movement to the singing and gets everyone moving in class to break the ice and get circulation moving! I also have a set of flash cards with some famous singers that I show while doing the activity. You can download the cards for this activity HERE.

This is how I use the cards:

Rock: Pretend you are playing an electric guitar while singing.
Bachata: Use a soft voice and pretend to hold a microphone.
Salsa: Sing faster and use the basic Salsa step.
Merengue: Use the Merengue step and sing fast.
Ranchera: Use a deep voice and pretend to hold a sombrero while singing.
Vallenato: Pretend that you are playing an accordion, which is the main instrument in Vallenato.

I have put together a list of songs that go along with the pictures. This might help your students identify the rhythms with the singers. This is also a fun way to bring some culture (and pop culture) into your classes. Feel free to add more traditional rhythms to your list. ¡A cantar y bailar!

Happy singing!
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