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)
TESTIMONIALS Here is what teachers are saying about Bryce’s presentations, keynote addresses and materials.
THATS FUNNY TELLING JOKES BRYCE HEDSTROM SWCOLT 2015 These are the notes for the presentation at the 2015 SWCOLT conference in Broomfield, Colorado. 17 pages! Includes lessons plans and winner jokes in Spanish and English.
LA PERSONA ESPECIAL CLASSROOM POSTER & Other Questions Spanish Classroom Poster
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 (Recently Updated!)
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
THE JOB AT THE ZOO This is a new joke in Spanish (& in English on the second page) that my kids liked. More and more, I like telling jokes that impact students at multiple levels. This one is funny and students can relate to it, but it also addresses the impostor syndrome, that nagging feeling that we might just be faking our way through life. At least half of all successful people report feeling this way from time to time.
El secreto de hablar con las chicas Here is a story we started this week in Spanish 2 about a boy who woos the girls by always responding with a simple “I understand”. I offered it as a service to the guys in my class. It went viral in the school. Kids that were not even in the class, kids I didn’t even know, kept coming up to offer their opinions for or against the premise. I, of course, responded to all with “I understand.
Here it is in English: THE SECRET TO TALKING WITH GIRLS
Updated English version with more natural sounding language for ELL: THE SECRET TO TALKING WITH GIRLS
Some Pig! This is a summary of a Person Especial interview that generated enormous engagement with students.
This is a simple story for Level I Spanish to review and consolidate some basic grammar and vocabulary. There are 12 pages of notes, explanations and activities, plus illustrations for students to tell the story and write the story.
This is a revised and expanded version of the unit and lessons plans for the legend. It includes examples of level I Spanish student writing for the final assessment. Be sure to read Example #5. This story will not be offered for free forever, so download your copy now at no charge.I just wanted to express my gratitude to Bryce and his La leyenda de la Llorona. This week I gave my students two exams. One was the state exam where they had to write a story. Many of my Spanish One students wrote out the story of la Llorona. The vocabulary in that story is much higher than I had ever encountered in a Spanish One class and I was afraid that it was too high for my Spanish One students; however after seeing their writing and language after completion of the story and activities I couldn’t be prouder. They then had to do a five minute presentation of them talking to the class and talking to me afterwards about their story. Many of them chose La Llorona. They were spot on and many of them even picked up the words aside of the intended structures. I then asked my students about that story and why so many had chosen it. I got the same response: that this story just stood out to them. They loved that it was a legend as opposed to a class story and it was the only one that I had retold embedded style more than five times. Bryce has added activities to go with each telling of the story and each one just helped the students to acquire the story and use the language outside of the story. I could not be happier with this story and the activities that he included. I am definitely using it again next year and from then on. —Nancy Wallace
What I love about your Llorona project is that it gives a teacher a blueprint of how to work with a story. Your work helped me understand a lot better how to put some things together. —Michele Whaley
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 early Spanish I, LA CHICA FANTASTICA. It is a continuation of the theme from the previous Spanish I story, LA CHICA QUIERE CAFE. This one is loosely based on a story by Mike Coxon.
LA TORTUGA Y LA LIEBRE THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE This is an early Spanish 2 lesson. 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. The story is illustrated and written in simple Spanish. There is also a teacher guide for the story.
We’re all in this together. Keep at the race, mis amigos tortugas.
Here is a story for early Spanish 1, 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.
HELPFUL TEACHING TOOLS
Keeping Students Reading: HOW NOT TO COMMIT READICIDE NTPRS 2014
Engaging Students With LA PERSONA ESPECIAL This is a popular and successful activity in my classes that starts on day 1 and continues for the rest of the year, where we get to know one anther in the TL,; real people, real language, real interest.
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.
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.
FUN CLASSROOM POSTERS
I like to put a funny poster on the door of my classroom every week to delight my students.
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.
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!
MORE 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.
HELP TEACHING 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!
HELP WITH READING
Kindergarten Reading (PDF)
SSR MINI-REPORT NEW!
SAMPLES OF STUDENT WORK WHEN TAUGHT WITH TPRS/TCI
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)
MISC. HELPFUL & FUN DOWNLOADS
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)