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.

Contact Bryce:
Email:  
bryceh@brycehedstrom.com
Phone: 970-290-4228 
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TESTIMONIALS Here is what teachers are saying about Bryce’s presentations, keynote addresses and materials.

 

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

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

 

RECENT STORIES

4 El chico pequeno Y su amigo  EL CHICO PEQUEÑO

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 a illustrations for students to tell the story and write the story.

 

 

 THE LEGEND OF LA LLORONA EMBEDDED READINGLa Llorona Silouhette

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 at no charge

 

 

Toad Brown Cowboy StyleThis 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.

 

 

HereSmiling Girl Dark Hair is another story for Spanish I, Week 3 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.

 

 

Tortoise Smiling

 LA TORTUGA Y LA LIEBRE   THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE  This is an early Spanish 2 lesson. I haveHare 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,

Food-Coffee

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.

 

HELPFUL  TEACHING TOOLS

HOW NOT TO COMMIT READICIDE NTPRS 2014

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)

Amigos de… Study Partner Maps (to help students learn the geography of the Spanish-speaking world easily and quickly)
AMIGOS DE CENTROAMÉRICA (PDF)
AMIGOS DE SUDAMÉRICA (PDF)
AMIGOS DE ESPAÑA (PDF)

EXPLANATION OF THE Amigos de… MAPS (PDF) NEW!

 

HELP WITH READING

READING_LOG-Spanish

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! 

LIGHT READING BOOK REPORTS  NEW! 

Classroom Reading Posters
How to Choose Reading Material (PDF)
SSR Reading Poster (PDF)
Reading Quotes Poster (PDF)

 

SAMPLES OF STUDENT WORK WHEN TAUGHT WITH TPRS/TCI

LA LLORONA COMPARISON ESSAY EXAMPLES

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.

Language Performance Scale for Telling a Story (PDF)

Eres Tu Valentine’s Day Activity (PDF)

FUNNY PLACE NAMES (PDF)

Nicknames in Spanish

Songs All Spanish Students Need to Know (PDF)

SONGS–Dia de los Muertos & La Llorona

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS with SAMPLE ANSWERS

Placing Students in Spanish Classes (PDF)
Placing Native Speakers (PDF)

Alternative for Unwilling Students (in Word format so you can adjust to your needs)