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.
In this blog we talk about how Spanish teachers can make the most out of their contracted time while still providing quality instruction for their students. Today I have an idea about how to create one activity that practices multiple Spanish skills across at least 3 modes of communication!
Let’s face it people… the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam is HARD! In my experience, one of the most difficult open-ended tasks is the Cultural Comparison.
So how can we break it down for students and give them the know-how they need to be successful? Read on for some tips!
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.
Secondary Spanish teachers get about 45 minutes of planning time a day. It’s never enough!!! So many teachers spend HOURS outside of the school day working. Who do you know that can respond to emails, fill out PPT forms, plan, copy, correct, return phone calls and maybe, just MAYBE even go to the bathroom in 45 minutes??
Read on to find out how to Manage Your Time instead of your tasks managing YOU!
Have you noticed that your AP Spanish students don’t know how to make a good presentation?
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Is Parent Night at your school your favorite or most dreaded evening??
To be honest, going into it each year, I tell myself that I dread it. Why? Well, because I know that I have a very short time to make a good impression. And I know that every other teacher in the building is trying to do the same. How can I set myself apart?? How can I avoid being THE MOST BORING teacher the parents hear from that night??
Don’t worry! I have just the thing for you!!
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!
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!!
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!