Song of the Week:
Day 1. Introduce the lyrics and have students read for recognition during pre-class.
Go over meaning of the song. Some are about culture, some include phrases and or grammatical constructions that relate to our lessons that week.
Play the song and pause every other line so that the students tell you the next word – this makes them accountable for following along.
Day 2 Play the song while they read along.
Day 3 With a partner, listen to the song and put the cut up lyrics in order.
Day 4 Students illustrate the song and then show them the video.
Day 5 During weekly quiz create a close activity, play a piece of the song and have the students fill in as they listen for a listening grade.
In addition to the song of the week, we have a steady stream of music from the transition videos. Here are the links.
Social Skills Videos:
Finally, to teach social skills in Spanish class, I have created six musical videos to demonstrate these skills. The first is how to treat a new student in class. The second is how to write an email to a teacher, and the third is the most important, asking if now is a good time before just talking at the teacher with different requests.
The fourth is the expected behavior with random partners and working with other students and the fifth is how to congratulate someone. The sixth is a catchy song that tells your students you are not their dictionary. It is a playful reminder to look up the words they should know rather than just rely on the teacher to be their dictionary.
Using direct instruction of these social skills has improved my happiness in the classroom and reduced my sense of ‘burn-out’ ; I used to be annoyed that so many students were learning their social skills from apps and not from interaction with caring adults.
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