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How To Encourage Group Work in Spanish Class

Problem: You want your high school (or middle school) students to work together, but….. it’s not as collaborative as you had hoped.
Solution: By the end of this blog post, you will have several ideas to try out with your students!
Working in groups is important for many reasons! In the language classroom, one of our major objectives is communication! We also know that working with a peer leads to better understanding for many of our students.

Building Confidence with AP Students

Building Confidence with AP Spanish Students

I’ve been teaching AP Spanish and Language for a while now, and what sticks out to me about the beginning of each school year is the HIGH level of nervousness and anxiety that my students have, particularly with non-native speakers. How can we combat this self-doubt? How can we scaffold our activities to build confidence and comfort? How do What works in building confidence with our AP Spanish students? Keep reading!

Get Parents Involved in Spanish Class

Get Parents Involved in Spanish Class!

Is it possible to get parents involved in Spanish class???? Even when they took French in high school???

“I don’t speak Spanish, so I can’t help with Spanish class.”

Ever hear this statement from a parent or guardian? If you have been teaching at least a year or 2, for sure you’ve heard it! And if you’re just starting out, trust me…. it will come.

So why is it important to get parents involved in their child’s Spanish learning?

Oh so many reasons!!

how to make connections with students

How To Make Connections With Your Spanish Students at the Beginning of the Year

As back-to-school season approaches, we think about our new students. Who are they? What will they be like? Will we have a good class vibe? High school teachers get this feeling about 5 times (because that’s how many different classes we typically teach each semester!) Creating a good classroom climate where students feel welcomed is very important. Wondering how to make connections with your Spanish students? Try one of these ideas!