Stay on Task and in the target language with transition videos.
I wish taxpayers who begrudge our summer break could see all of the June posts popping up on Facebook as World Language Teachers research and plan for the new school year.
Many posts ask how to make a level one class 100% comprehensible so that both teachers and students can stay in the target language.
I’ve always addressed this in pieces but it’s time to put it all three steps together as teachers recharge and envision the way they want their classes to run.
Incorporate these three steps and you will have your 90% Target Language class . . . and superior classroom management.
- Make a daily tech guide – it can be in PPT, ActiveInspire, Classflow, SmartNotebook, GoogleSlides, whatever works for you.
Create a slide for each activity and use a remote presentation device or remote mouse so you can click through the slides from any spot in the room, say near the students who go off task most frequently. Click here to download the first day and see videos of the first week to give you an idea.
Other bundles are also Spanish Lessons here..
2. Use transition videos before each slide to keep the students on task and in the target language.
3. Use direct instruction to teach students 50 survival phrases set to music. Include the matching posters and desk reference sheet – focusing on the student – to – student slides so that they know how to talk to one another in the target language.
Congratulations. Regardless of the actual number of years teaching, you are an advanced teacher if you use chants and claps for transitions to manage your classroom.
Are you ready to go to the next level?
Here are the three steps to follow to move from being an advanced classroom manager to a master classroom manager.
1. Make a slide for each activity in today’s lesson — make it appealing and useful. (for more ideas, read The World Language Daily Tech Guide)
2. Insert one of my brief 50+ transition videos before the slide and train your students to watch the video in Spanish. Soon they are imitating the voice over or else singing the song. Do this every day and when you are observed by your administrators they will note your seamless transitions. You will notice that the students stay in the target language and that the expressions in the videos just fall from your students’ mouths appropriately in other scenarios! Even my level one students are spontaneously contributing these expressions at appropriate times!
3. Buy a remote presentation device or wireless mouse and click to the next slide from any part of the room so you can stand close to students who struggle to behave.
Here are the basic 21 videos for transitions:
Tee Denombre asked this great question on the FB page “Spanish Teachers in the US.”
My students respond to compelling Comprehensible Input – especially audio that is supported with a strong visual.
Students (and their parents!) can pull out phrases from a song months after I have played it in class as part of my “song of the week” series. Music seems to attach to the long-term memory fairly easily but I have noticed that many of my students recently seen to just latch on to the chorus while previously students would latch on to the whole song.
I don’t know but this year I started to make brief transition videos and they are ‘sticky’ — students can go through a class and sing the 30 – 60 seconds songs and voice overs for as many as eight transitions.
I’ve also noticed that they work the vocabulary into their conversations in Spanish in class. For example, my seventh graders sing the “Saquen la tarea” song while taking out their homework and really punch the ‘ya’ at the end. Then they start to use it in class – spontaneously.
A chance encounter with some Venezuelans looking for work as musicians started the idea of having native speakers perform these songs and now we are rolling out this series of over 50 transitions on TPT.
How do you get started? Use a remote mouse or presentation device so you can click from anywhere in the room. Make an outline of your lesson, insert a slide for each activity, and then insert a Spanish Transition Video to introduce it.
Soon your students will be trained to use Spanish even for those challenging transitions – you may be surprised that certain students usually looking for opportunities to get off task instead are watching and participating in the music!
Below is a sampling of some of the transition videos.
fun resources that stick in students’ brains and pop out spontaneously,
resources to help you and them stay in the target language,
resources to improve classroom behavior and make your class more fun,
then look below and pick the ones that match your teaching style. Fifteen are available this week with the rest be completed this summer.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ PREVIEW VIDEO CLIP ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Querido Viernes – The perfect pack-up for the weekends song that has students singing in Spanish all weekend.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ If you have an idea for a song or transition video contact me and maybe we can make one for you! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Too late, many new teachers overlook the importance of investing time with other members of their department and getting to know all of the support staff. It has become such a problem that I added a new chapter to my latest edition of Teacher Dialogues. New teachers come with fresh and innovative ideas and many tend to discount the value of experience and collegiality with everyone in the building, not just their texting buds.
Experienced teachers will prevent you from having endless meetings with unhappy parents, lend you their version of a video when yours is scratched, and use the photocopying machine well in advance of their classes so that as new teachers rush in with the day’s handouts they can use the machine without waiting in line. Balancing being a valued and respected member of your department with being an innovate teacher is a concern for this teacher:
Hola a todos. I need an advice! I will be starting my first job next year. It is Spanish 1A in a middle school where I substituted the last trimester of 2016-2017. I know the staff and school and I love it. I want to have an immersion class next year. However, most of the high school teachers follow the textbook and are grammar drive. They want me to teach ch.1-4 Avancemos. As a new teacher I do not know if I should follow them or what I think is the best for them, even if they disagree with me). Y es que no quiero los roces desde tan pronto, si saben a que me refiero.
Any advice about immersion classes, and staying in the target language at least 90% of the time. Where can I learn more about immersion languages programas for secondary education ?
Welcome to the most rewarding profession! I have a really good sense that you are going to be one of those wonderful teachers students remembered fondly because you are wise enough to seek advice from veteran teachers! Over my 30 years, I have noticed that the best teachers honestly analyze what they do, seek advice from veterans, admit mistakes, and try new things.
I run my 7th grade classes as 90% target language classes and I think that is what you want to do as well! For me, immersion means bilingual and I have no expertise with that. The key to running a 90% target language class is to have everything be 100% compelling and engaging. The best way to do this is to create a daily tech guide and use direct instruction for Survival Phrases. Many people have their handouts and posters for these expressions – but my 50 are put to music that enters their brains like nothing else I have seen!
Every day I create a flipchart with our activities and musical transitions. You can, too! And you can teach what is expected of you so that you fit into your department. Be circumspect. Let your colleagues come to you about what you do rather than flouting it to them. Because not only are you paid to teach, but also to be a supportive colleague. Even when your students make comments about how much they love the transition videos and the music, and that other students are jealous they don’t have your, be circumspect. If you can teach what they require and quietly do it with your flipcharts, you will be successful and rehired.
You can download the first day’s flip chart and watch videos of the first week, here
If you feel that this fits your teaching style, let me know and I’ll be glad to help you. Welcome to the profession, I’m so delighted to be your colleague.