If you are like me and unsure of the new school year, learn how to create a Plan A and Plan B to cover all of your bases.
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A teacher asked for brain-storming on teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes for 30 lessons, for 42 minutes a lesson.
The first question is traditional or creative out-there lessons?
Let’s start with 6th grade traditional being about “an introduction to the introduction of Spanish” as requested by the principal.
Use slides do a recap/review of prior before starting new Spanish.
2 days Greetings day 1 slides /gusta with cognates/classroom commands 2 days start countries and capitals
3 and 3 days Countries and Capitals (song/map/flags/ eres de/soy de guessing games – 3 days South America 3 days Central America towards end of month)
3 days Colors numbers 1 – 10 2 days song/ touching items/ guessing/ math problems/phone numbers/classroom items
2 days Days of the week 1 – 2 days with yesterday/today/tomorrow
2 days Cognates and endings lots of food items matching picture to Spanish words
4 days Body parts Simon says, drawing strange monsters, charades students love this!
4 days basic weather recycling countries and their weather and flags coloring flag to represent country and weather.
4 days basic breakfast items to go along with culture and ordering breakfast kids love food!
= 27 classes and 3 classes for assessments/ usual interruptions
Using slides do a recap/review of prior before starting new Spanish
3 days Review
5 days Expand numbers to 31 – using math and classroom items
4 days Months and dates
5 days expand numbers to 60
3 days Telling digital time
5 days Classroom items and survival vocabulary
= 25 classes and 5 classes for assessments/usual interruptions
(start each class with pre-class of lo veo/lo pienso/me pregunto with cultural images )
(last 15 minutes video of country/typical dessert activity 20 minutes of culture and 22 minutes of Spanish if you want)
Review (5 classes)
Infinitives with gusta (5 classes with recycling)
Family (5 classes)
Dinner Restaurant (5 classes)
Clothing (5 classes)
= 25 classes and 5 classes for assessments/usual interruptions
What would be an alternative to the traditional?
7th Grade spend most of the time learning how to order meals in a restaurant while teaching about different foods from different countries.
8th Grade spend most of the time learning how to travel to other countries and places to visit.
Contact me at email@example.com if you would like to explore these ideas further!
Good luck with creating your curriculum.
Teach Day One with free lesson and assign “Get Acquainted Platform Activity” for homework or else make it the activities for Day Two. With over 10,000 downloads, my first day’s lesson is used around the world to successfully start first year students in the target language.
They learn “me llamo” “me gusta” and “no me gusta.”
You can download the free PowerPoint from TpT.
You can download the updated virtual Google™ Slides by joining our newsletter’s Five Day Challenge. Each day you will work on one step and receive a freebie to help you with that step. After five days, you will receive a monthly newsletter with tips for distance learning, teaching with comprehensible input, and teaching with 90% target language. The distance learning/virtual lesson for day 1 has over 50 slides that students can manipulate without teacher assistance. It will give you many ideas for your future lessons, not just the first day.
At the end of this blog, there is an eight minute video of the lesson.
Traditionally, for homework, students share the name they want to be called and their likes and dislikes using either a tissue box or a 8½” x 11” sheet of paper.
Updating it to accommodate distance learning, the students create a slide with the same three elements :
“No me gusta”
No other words are included, just images.
The distance learning page includes one new element: Students create an image of themselves to go on the classroom bleachers in the virtual classroom. Assemble the slides into one Google™ Slide to share with the students. I use a screen capturing software to make it a video for students to review and learn about their classmates.
You decide if the image should be actual pictures or emojis. (I chose emojis because seventh and eighth grade students can be thoughtless and use another’s vandalized image to boost their social media ratings.)
Also choose if you want their names on their emojis or if you want to place numbers on them with the name students use next to the number. This will require a bit of time, but will be worth it for building community. You are going to cut and paste each emoji to the bleacher and I suggest that you save it without the name for the next step.
Your goal is to build community with families., parents and students. When I teach in person, parents send in a form about their child. This year, they will submit a Google™ Form. You can receive a copy of this as a springboard for creating your own when your join our e-mail newsletter above. With parents personalizing your knowledge of their children, let’s continue to build community with students.
First, now that you have your students on the bleachers, name your class. I use the word “pandilla” in Spanish and add villa to my last name. La pandilla de Shragervilla quickly gets shortened to Shragervilla and soon it become our identity.
“In Shragervilla we . . .” “I really miss Shragervilla this year, Profe” “Is Shragervilla going on another virtual field trip?”
So, first, create your class name,
Second, save this as a png o jpeg and insert it into your slide with directions, giving the vibe that these instructions are just for us, Shragervilla.
Third, if you are able to dedicate the time that first week, create a Quizlet or Quizizz game using the images and first names for students to learn one another’s names quickly.
Fourth, when creating new worksheets, sprinkle your students’ names in them to keep them actively looking to see if they are included. Students feel seen when their names are mentioned and everyone knows their names.
Students feel loved when teachers use messages that speak of love. You can create your own images, songs, or memes and make them part of your daily routine.
In my class, we start every class with the song snip “¡Hola, M’ijos” and explain ‘m’ijos’ means my children as your students become dear children to you. End each class with the song snip “Recuerdan que los quiero.”
I use transition songs, performed by professional Venezuelan musicians, during my usual forty-five minutes classes because they keep students on task and in the target language. Since my distance lessons are considerably shorter, I use song snips.
Each song snip is approximately 15 – 20 seconds. The two above are included in the first day’s lesson and “hasta luego” will be sent to our newsletter group.
Tell students every day that you love them all, and warm feelings will creep into your class. Students will feel loved.
Starter kit with platform activity and four of the song snips available here.
The penultimate slide plays the snip song “Vamos a llenar formularios” with a link to a quick feedback form. It usually contains a few questions from the day’s lesson and asks four important questions:
End the Google form with a true false question “I need to return to the Google ™ Slides, answer the last question, and submit them.” Link the Google™ Form back to the slides for the reflection song and the students sharing something specific they learned. A copy of my Google ™ Form will be sent to members of my newsletter group.
Start reviewing the Google™ Forms early in the day to fix any mistakes that the students tell you. I like to make a quick video of my reading the questions and giving the answers. Students feel heard when their questions are answered by the end of the day.
How I wish back in March of 2020, in one of the umpteen zoom trainings about Google™ apps and extensions, someone had showed me how to quickly grade Google™ Slides with thorough feedback. We couldn’t assign daily deadlines, rather everything was due on Friday by 3:00 p.m. and it all had to be graded with feedback by Monday at 3:00 pm. Tuesdays became our new Saturdays because we worked all weekend. Accurate grading determined attendance yet many teachers gave up on grading the slides.
The key to speedy and accurate Google™ Slide grading is…drum roll, please…a scoring guide for that day’s slides.
Pick your 5 slides that you will grade and create accurate explanations and soon you will be clicking on the rectangles while the scores are automatically calculated. As I start my new lessons, each day there will be a scoring guide included for speedy feedback and grades. Members of the 5 Step challenge will receive what I use for the first day and keep it as a template for future lessons.
Everyone needs to wash their hands, so we might as well do it in Spanish.
Download coomplete song without avatar below.
This song was made by the three Venezuelan families I support with all of the net proceeds from my store.
Here is a video of their opening boxes of used clothing that my friends donated. We are hoping that you download this song and like it enough to check out our songs.
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