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Acts of Kindness in Spanish Class

Acts of Kindness in Spanish Class

This year I decided to take a different approach on Valentine's Day and focus on activities for the Random Acts of Kindness Week promoted by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. I used this video with some of my classes as the basis for conversation. Just like many...

BOOKS FOR RETHINKING YOUR CURRICULUM

BOOKS FOR RETHINKING YOUR CURRICULUM

If you are looking for books to help you to rethink the content in your curriculum, here are a few! Hard to choose one since all of them are filled with great content. I love that these books have been written by educators for educators. I’m currently working on...

WHAT’S IN A NAME? SONGS, ACCENTS, & IDENTITY

WHAT’S IN A NAME? SONGS, ACCENTS, & IDENTITY

I just started teaching many of my students in person. I didn't even know some of them because I was just assigning lessons to their grade through Seesaw and Otus (the Learning Management System used by the school where I teach). I have seen others quite a bit during...

GAME: A MÍ TAMBIÉN – WINTER VERSION

GAME: A MÍ TAMBIÉN – WINTER VERSION

If you are looking for games that work in any setting, either virtually or in person, then this is the right game for you and your students! I have played this game with different age groups, and it's always a success! This is how the game works: You will need to...

ENDS & NEW BEGINNINGS: GRATITUDE & 5 MOST-READ POSTS IN 2020

ENDS & NEW BEGINNINGS: GRATITUDE & 5 MOST-READ POSTS IN 2020

The end of 2020 is here! What a difficult year for everyone. In the midst of hard times trying to stay positive was helpful for me. Admittedly, some days and weeks were easier than others to keep my head up. In Latin America, we have a New Year's song whose chorus...

THE MAGIC OF STORY LISTENING

THE MAGIC OF STORY LISTENING

Last year I discovered Story Listening through a wonderful teacher named Meghan Hayes and her YouTube Channel. I started using this method, and, in the summer of 2019, I had the opportunity to be in a two-day training with the creator of this method, Dr. Beniko Mason....

TRADITIONAL SOUNDS IN COLOMBIAN CHRISTMAS MUSIC

TRADITIONAL SOUNDS IN COLOMBIAN CHRISTMAS MUSIC

I feel so lucky to have been born in such a diverse country. At this gift-giving and reflective time of year, when I am thinking about what I want and need, I think about the advice that I've heard repeatedly and truly believe - that, at least for someone in the...

FAMILY TRADITIONS & CELEBRATIONS IN A WORLD LANGUAGE CLASS

FAMILY TRADITIONS & CELEBRATIONS IN A WORLD LANGUAGE CLASS

During this time of the year in the United States Christmas is everywhere! On TV ads, on the radio, on the cup of coffee you purchase, and more - and students and families who don't celebrate it get over-saturated with these images and messages.  It is important to...

GRATITUDE AND THANKSGIVING IN A WORLD LANGUAGE CLASS

GRATITUDE AND THANKSGIVING IN A WORLD LANGUAGE CLASS

This year I wanted to do something more connected to nature in some of my classes for Thanksgiving, but this resource can be used any time during the school year. It's a great and simple way to talk about gratitude with your students. I came across these two beautiful...

WHAT HAPPENS ON “ALL SAINTS’ DAY” IN COLOMBIA?

WHAT HAPPENS ON “ALL SAINTS’ DAY” IN COLOMBIA?

"Día de Todos los Santos" (All Saints' Day) is celebrated on November 1st, but if this date falls on a weekend, the celebration is moved to Monday to make it a long holiday weekend. This is known in Colombia as "La Ley Emiliani", and it happens with some celebrations....

¿QUÉ PREFIERES? GAME – HALLOWEEN VERSION

¿QUÉ PREFIERES? GAME – HALLOWEEN VERSION

This game was created to use with my younger students to review colors. Many of them are into Halloween right now, so this is a good way to keep them engaged. This game is played just like any "Would You Rather?" type of game, where you have a set of questions and...

EL DÍA DE LA RESISTENCIA INDÍGENA IN SPANISH CLASS

EL DÍA DE LA RESISTENCIA INDÍGENA IN SPANISH CLASS

Growing up in Colombia we didn't have a "Columbus Day." This "holiday" was called "El Día de la Raza"  to celebrate the different races born after the mix of a not a very pleasant encounter. Even though it wasn't known as Columbus Day, it was still meant to focus on...

MAKE YOUR PET GIVE INSTRUCTIONS IN YOUR CHOICE BOARDS

MAKE YOUR PET GIVE INSTRUCTIONS IN YOUR CHOICE BOARDS

Adding extra things to spice up your choice boards is definitely not necessary. In fact, I don’t do it every time a create one because it can be time consuming.  There is no need to worry if you haven’t added Bitmojis, GiF’s or other things to your boards. Sometimes I...