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CORONA/LLORONA

Here's a fun parody rewrite of the traditional Mexican song La Llorona which, is definitely one of the Songs All Spanish Students Need to Know, updated for this trying time. It's written in simple Spanish, it repeats every line like the original, it acknowledges our students' situation—and encourages them to stay home. Click here for the lyrics to the parody in a printable form (with English translation), as well as the lyrics to the original La Llorona song, with an explanation and how it may connect to the legend. I used high frequency language so that many students, even in lower [...]

Free Online Resources for Language Teachers

We are here to help you get across this tough time with FREE resources. Click here for the link to sign up with Storylabs and to connect with the Facebook Live event on Monday, March 3o at 1:00 pm Pacific. I have teamed up with author Virginia Hildebrand and Storylabs to offer Spanish teachers help.  You can choose from a variety of levels and themes, all organized and easy to link to your virtual classroom. Other languages coming soon. There are readings and activities for many levels: • Whole novels for upper levels • Beginner readings with sheltered vocabulary using [...]

¡Hola, amigos! Please tune in over at the brycehedstrom.com Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BryceHedstrom/) at 1:00 pm Pacific time on Monday for another Facebook Live event. There has been a lot of interest in our Storylabs app and the FREE online products, so we are scheduling another session to show you how to use them. Readings and activities for level 1 and level 2-3 will be demonstrated. Those that have signed up will be sent an invitation via email for a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 1:00 pm, Pacific to address your specific concerns. See you then!

COMPELLING COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT

Hope is on the way. Tune in to https://www.facebook.com/BryceHedstrom/  for a Facebook Live event Tuesday at 1:00 pm Pacific time, where we will give you links to FREE materials, activities and assessments for your Spanish students to make teaching easier for you and more engaging for your students. Short stories and articles that are engaging and cultural... and that your students will want to do. All in one place. All organized. Always getting better.

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Leading Sociologist: Public Shaming is the Best Way to Change Minds

March 10, 2019 SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA ─ An astounding 89.3% of professionals change their minds as the direct result of public shaming and derogatory remarks by colleagues, a report in Innovation Diffusion Quarterly confirmed Monday. “Our research supports what many have long suspected,” an innovator told reporters. “Accusing, blaming and condescending remarks are far more effective than outdated methods such as kindness, listening and trying to understand concerns, or simply explaining the implications of research.” According to the study, the persuasive effect is the most pronounced when the debater uses harsh language and continually puts down the doubter on social [...]

I Want My Students to Produce More & Better Output!

We all want more and better output from our students, but how does that happen? The iceberg is students' total acquisition. The part above the water line is what they can say and write–the messages they can produce. The bigger part under water is what students can comprehend by listening and reading–the messages they can understand. If the iceberg is a reasonable analogy for language acquisition, there is only one reliable way to do that: make the whole iceberg bigger. The top of the iceberg increases when the bottom gets bigger. The more students understand, the more they will be [...]