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100 UNPROMPTED, UNIQUE SENTENCES IN LEVEL 1

It was chaotic. It was noisy. It was heavenly. When the students wanted to keep talking in Spanish, I threw out my lesson plan and let them talk. It gives me hope that this work is not in vain. These are the sentences that my fifth period Spanish 1 class came up with for a drawing on the board. Each student was to write five sentences for their “Repasito”, or warm-up activity. The drawing was based on a story we told in class last week. The only stipulation was that each sentence could use only words that we had used [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Brain Breaks, Compelling Input, Daily Routine, Hope|0 Comments

BRAIN/BODY BREAK: MMA HEAD & SHOULDERS, KNEES & TOES

Here is a fun full body movement song that you can use as a brain break: Sing the children's song "Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes" in the target language with different verbs and actions attached.  Even my high school students enjoy singing and acting it out. Here's how to do it:  Teach the body parts to the song with classical TPR. Do not let them know what's coming. Teach the body parts in random order over the course of two days. Instead of the normal TPR command of "touch", mix it up a bit by using "grab" and "point [...]

By | September 7th, 2017|Categories: Brain Breaks, Music|0 Comments

WHAT TO DO WITH ADHD KIDS?

A colleague writes: “I've really been struggling with my ADHD kids who not only aren't getting the input they need but are distracting other students AND me. 98% of my class is smiling/laughing/engaged... so I don't think it's a problem with the compelling aspect... and I can't get my ADHD students to pay attention long enough to give them more repetitions... and I don't think there is any way to make it more comprehensible... articles... advice?” These three key practices will help with your ADHD students: 1) Let them get up and get moving. Anticipate their energy. Say that any [...]

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Classroom Jobs, Classroom Management, Reading Body Language|0 Comments

SPECIAL PERSON QUIZ #2 RESULTS

These are the results of Special Person Quiz #2, the second full week of school. This week we interviewed just three students. Since the verb "tiene" (has) had been added there were many more opportunities for questions, answers, comments, clarifications and follow up than with the meager vocabulary student had last week. Students were to write at least 15 sentences with no notes, and I told them  not to hold themselves back. They were to "show what they know" and impress me by writing as many sentences based on what had been shared in class by the three interviewees. Students [...]

CHILDREN RESCUED FROM NEGLIGENT PARENTS WHO ALLOWED THEM TO PLAY OUTSIDE

EVANSTON, IL—City social services personnel have rescued three children that had been seen playing outside this summer. The three children, boys ages 11, 9 and 7, had been observed playing outdoors almost every day for the last two months. Concerned neighbors knew they had to do something. “We couldn’t just sit by and watch them wasting their childhood like that when they should be inside like normal youngsters,” said neighbor Doris Cravitz. “They have been climbing trees, playing stick ball, and chasing each other around all summer long. It’s not natural. No other children around here do that. I can't [...]

By | September 1st, 2017|Categories: Satire|0 Comments

LEVEL I KIDS JUST CAN’T READ & WON’T READ!

Ahem... er... well... Nope. They want to learn and they will read if we encourage and equip them. This is the book check out list from our classroom library for the second full week of school. 23 books checked out so far. Most of these kids are level 1 Spanish students with no exposure to the language before this school year. They have learned many of the high frequency verbs that are in the novels with classical TPR so far and we have done 8 "Persona Especial" interviews, but that's about it, besides three useful "Passwords". They have had  four [...]