ON THE POWER OF USING SUBTLE, APPROPRIATE TOUCH TO CONNECT

By |2018-10-25T13:04:01-06:00October 26th, 2018|

“Touch seems to be such an important tool for enhancing social cooperation and affiliation that we have evolved a special physical route along which those subliminal feelings of social connection travel from skin to brain. That is, scientists have discovered a particular kind of nerve fiber in people’s skin—especially [...]

FIRST WEEK TO-DO LIST

By |2018-08-15T12:37:10-06:00August 14th, 2018|

"Si al comienzo no muestras quién eres, nunca podrás después, cuando quisieres."  "If at first you do not show who you are, you will never be able to afterwards when you want to." From El Conde Lucanor, Cuento XXXV, by Don Juan Manuel (Medieval Castilian writer, 1282-1348). The first [...]

SPANISH 3 PASSWORDS: ANSWERS & COMMENTARY

By |2018-05-22T14:29:11-06:00May 22nd, 2018|

Here are the answers to the Spanish 3 passwords post and some of the thinking behind them. My Spanish 3 students, who are very sharp, mostly said that it was easy to remember these passwords and everything about them. Proud of those kids. For more password ideas, plus cultural/historical [...]

LEVEL 3 PASSWORDS THIS YEAR

By |2018-05-21T16:30:16-06:00May 21st, 2018|

These contraseñas are ones that we have used to enter the class this year. They are well-known Spanish cultural sayings, quotes by famous Spanish speakers, phrases that require a subjunctive, useful idiomatic expressions, or just for fun. Write in  Spanish. (Answers and commentary will be shared in an upcoming blog [...]

LEVEL 1 PASSWORDS THIS YEAR

By |2018-05-21T08:35:38-06:00May 20th, 2018|

Using passwords is a joy and a great way to set the tone for each class period, but passwords also yield long-term language results. Last week I  asked the students which passwords they remembered from the entire school year... and as a group, each class remembered them all. Students [...]

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