Did you use Google Classroom last year? I did! Google Classroom was introduced to our district a few years back, but last year, it was imperative during virtual learning. We went paperless, and having a way to assign resources and practice to my students via Google Classroom was a life-saver!
High school Spanish teachers have MANY students. If you need some strategies, here are several correcting strategies for Spanish teachers that will create better work-life balance.
It started during Covid. I noticed that more and more students were chronically absent. Now that we are back in the classroom and operating in a “normal” way, student absences are still high. So how to handle absences in Spanish class? I have some ideas about how to handle absences in Spanish class without having the teacher lose his/her/their marbles!
Does your school have a student aide program? Spanish class student aides can help with a lot of things that simply save a teacher time! Here is some information about how to get a student aide and what you should and should not ask a Spanish class student aide to do!
How do you start your Spanish classes? This year we have a new school-wide initiative to do bell-ringers, or do-nows, or schema activators or warm-ups… there are so many names for them! Research shows that if you have an academic routine to start each class, it increases time on task and readiness for new learning! If having students self-start each class, while you take attendance, check homework and help the new kid sound good to you, bell-ringer activities for Spanish class are for you!
Work-Life Balance is hard to achieve as a Spanish Teacher. But there are small steps all of us can take to get closer to the balance we want and need. Read about these systems to help!
The Argumentative Essay on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam is “arguably” on of the most difficult tasks. It is the open-ended section that takes the most time. It really challenges students to demonstrate excellent reading and listening comprehension as well as their vocabulary and grammar. But it also requires some specific knowledge of good writing skills and how to include specific requirements that AP Scorers are looking for.
I have a lot of feelings about presentations. Throughout my career, I have seen it all. The memorized, robotic presentation where the student has no idea what they’re saying. The presentation that they meant to memorize, but stage fright took over. Train wreck.
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.