Why Use Materials by Bryce Hedstrom?
Because Bryce can train your world language teachers to teach with comprehensible input in a way that will engage students! He also offers a variety of workshops to train teachers in your school, district, or region.
Phone: 970-290-4228 (talk or text)
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Giving students classroom jobs makes them feel useful; like they are helping. Classroom jobs not only help the classroom run more smoothly, but it also helps the affective component. CLASSROOM JOBS
This is a big help for little annoyances in the classroom THINK SHEET
How to Participate Classroom Poster PARTICIPATION POSTER
Here is a helpful handout for students. It coordinates with the participation poster and allows students to reflect on their participation in class. Participation Grading Scale
This is a Spanish 2 story that grew over a period of two weeks: EL AMIGO ESPECIAL. The girl in the story is a good-natured student in a Spanish 2 class that played along, and with whom the other students had fun giving ideas. It is about her special friend, a toad, inspired by the stuffed cane toad from Guatemala in my classroom.
Here is another story for Spanish I, Week 3 LA CHICA FANTASTICA. It is a continuation of the theme from the previous Spanish I story. This one is loosely based on a story by Mike Coxon.
I have always loved Aesop’s story of The Tortoise and The Hare because I consider myself to be somewhat of a tortoise and I want to encourage others to keep at it. Here it is in simple Spanish: LA TORTUGA Y LA LIEBRE. Keep at the race, mis amigos tortugas.
We’re all in this together. Here is a TEACHER GUIDE for the story
Here is a story for Spanish 1, Week 2 LA CHICA QUIERE CAFE
This is a story in a simple format that was modeled for a new teacher observing my class. The super simple approach worked so well I plan on using it again.
Here is another fun poster to put on your classroom door Cinco signos que a una chica le gustas (5 Signs that a Girl Likes You) Careful, guys! There are more like this below.
HOW NOT TO COMMIT READICIDE: 2014 NTPRS PRESENTATION (Dropbox Link):
LA PERSONA ESPECIAL: CREATING COMMUNITY & LANGUAGE SKILLS IN YOUR CLASSROOM WITH ONGOING PERSONAL INTERVIEWS (Dropbox link):
RANKING-THE-NOVELS (UPDATED 4/7/14) A list of language learner novels by TPRS authors ranked in order of readability to help teachers and students pick material for Light Reading. Includes the number of pages and the total number of words for each novel, plus the genre and cultural setting.
REFLECTING ON WHAT WE HAVE SEEN These are some questions to ask ourselves that may help us frame what we see as we observe master teachers like Alina Filipescu. We don’t just want to take away, “Gee, isn’t she a great teacher!” We want to know WHY she is a great teacher. WHAT was she doing? HOW did she do it?
UNDERSTANDING TPRS (PDF) Updated and Expanded–Formerly “The Basics of TPRS”
VERBS IN THE TOP 505 SPANISH WORDS (PDF) NEW! This is an analysis of the verbs on the Wiktionary word frequency list for Spanish. This analysis can make it easier to see which verbs in which specific forms occur most often in the language and has implications for what we should be teaching if we want our students to become fluent.
I like to put a funny poster on the door of my classroom every week to delight my students.
APRENDA LAS EMOCIONES con Kristen Stewart The many different and obvious emotional expressions on the face of a professional actress can help your students to learn the words for emotions in Spanish!
TOOLS TO HELP US BECOME BETTER TEACHERS
The New Bloom’s Taxonomy and Foreign Language Instruction (PDF) Memorization is the very lowest level of learning. With comprehensible input strategies we can ask students to think at higher levels.
Checklist for Observing a FL Classroom UPDATED! (PDF) This latest version has more specific guidance built into the form to point out what good foreign language teaching should look like. This can be a big help to administrators and guests by giving them specifics to focus on. I give a copy to every observer in my classes to get some guided feedback and help me to get better.
Checklist for Observing a FL Classroom This is the Checklist in a Word format so you can adapt it to your needs.
TOP 400 SPANISH WORDS This is a list of the 400 most frequent words in Spanish from Wiktionary.org based on movie and television program subtitles, so it may approximate actual speech. It is organized so that students can check off the words they recognize as a general vocabulary comprehension check.
CULTURE & GEOGRAPHY
Introduction to Guatemala (PowerPoint to introduce the country to level I Spanish and/or as a set for the Blaine Ray novel Patricia va a California. Coordinates with the 5 themes that students learn in their geography classes)
EXPLANATION OF THE Amigos de… MAPS (PDF) NEW!
Kindergarten Reading (PDF)
Language Acquisition and Reading (PDF)
READING REMINDER BOOKMARKS (PDF)
Favorite Spanish Picture Books (PDF)
Book Report Form–English (PDF)
Book Report Form–Spanish (PDF)
Dual entry Reading Journal Form (PDF)
SSR MINI-REPORT NEW!
READING & (EVENTUAL) OUTPUT This is an essay that a Spanish I 9th grade student (an exceptionally hard working and focused non-native with no background in Spanish) did during two days in class. The challenge assignment for students was to read an entire novel, and then close the book and summarize (not re-write) each chapter. They could re-read portions beforehand, but they could not look at the book as they wrote. She wrote this in class with no dictionary and no outside help. These are not typical results, but it does show the differentiated results that are possible with comprehensible input-based methods. Patricia va a CA Student Summary (pdf)
Darmok This is an information and activity sheet based on the classic Star Trek the Next Generation episode where Captain Picard learns to communicate with an alien captain via storytelling and shared metaphors.
Alternative for Unwilling Students (in Word format so you can adjust to your needs)