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Calling all Spanish teachers!

Maria Goodin Happy to be here sharing ideas with such innovative educators!

Hello out there you summer-time project planners! Until Edutopia creates a World Languages group... hint, hint ;) I'd like to see if I can find any Spanish teachers out there!

I'm starting to develop a 2 year High School Spanish curriculum at a PBL school and I'd love to hear from you about what successes (or failures) you've had in your own classrooms. I have a TON of freedom in terms of curriculum design so the sky's the limit.

I am interested in sharing project ideas, websites, ways to motivate students etc. Also, I'm curious to hear if anyone has had success in bringing in members of the Spanish-speaking community to help with conversation practice or to help provide an authentic audience for presentations...

I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks,

Maria

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I also teach english as a

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I also teach english as a foreign language focused on Carl Roger's Learning Theory. "We must experience our theories in order to really learn".(by myself)

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Maria, Thanks for posting this. I'll be checking back! Unfortunately I can't contribute a whole lot. I've taught for 25 years and I'm pretty much a "grammarian." :) I know it's boring and the kids enjoy other things, but, honestly, I'm not even sure where to go. We give a project for each Unit, but it seems I still have to teach everything before they can start their project. If it helps, here's what we've done in Level II. I can send specific directions if someone wants them:
Diamond Poem - Structured sentences about name, age, things you do at home, things you and your friends do together, in the shape of a diamond. Students make, attach pictures, present to the class (Review adjectives, Present Tense).
Principal for a Day: Make rules for class the way you would like it (Present Review, Stem Changers, Infinitive Phrases).
Special Event: Think of a special event. Shop for what you need. Get ready for the event (Reflexives). Present to the class with pictures.
Show-and-Tell: Discribe yourself as a child and a favorite toy you had. Tell what you did with the toy each day. (Imperfect)
Can't remember right now what we do for the Preterit :)
Mi Vida: Make a time line of your life using the Preterit and Imperfect; present to the class.
Is this the kind of thing you guys are talking about????? I really don't know.

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Hello Everyone,

In the past two years I have helped to develop middle school Spanish programs in two different school districts. I am a beginning teacher, so I am constantly trying to come up with exciting ways to teach the Spanish language while following the curriculum in the Realidades 2011 textbook series. Two different projects I have come up with include a Spanish Music Video and Children's Books.

Spanish Music Video: I began this activity at the beginning of a new chapter in our textbook. Students were introduced to a set of new vocabulary terms by listening to an educational hip hop song in Spanish, while listening to the song, students had to fill in the blanks that were found in the lyrics. Later, the students were asked to work as a class to translate the lyrics using a vocabulary sheet from our chapter. Students were then asked to choreograph dance moves to represent the lyrics in the song. After many days of practicing and rehearsing their dance moves, the students videotaped a performance, which was to be viewed by "judges" or a group of 7th and 8th grade teachers. Each judge was given a rubric and the final scores were used to determine a winning class. The students really got into this project and loved that it was a competition! Once the videos were complete the students got to view the performances from each class and they couldn't wait to here which class won the competition. This was a great activity because all of the students were involved including students with learning or physical disabilities.

*This project was such a success that I had teachers and the custodial staff requesting live performances during class and lunch periods :).

Children's Books: I started off this project by reading a short story in Spanish that dealt primarily with adjectives. As I read the book to the class I would do my best to act out the different vocabulary terms we were learning in our chapter. For example: Éste no es mi amigo. Él no es sociable.

Students were then asked to create their own children's story in Spanish. They had to write at least 6 basic sentences such as: Ésta no es mi amiga. Ella es demasiada atrevida.

Students were given a vocabulary list from the chapter and were able to practice using the new terms as well as subject pronouns, basic grammar, adjectives and adjective agreement. They had a great time completing the illustrations when they were finished with their sentences and many of the students were really proud of their stories. In the upcoming school year I plan on having the students read their stories to elementary students in the building and then later have then explain some of the vocabulary terms to the students in English.

Next year I plan on incorporating something similar to epals where students will be writing letters back and forth to students in a Spanish speaking country. I would also like to develop a buddy system with some of the elementary classes where we will visit them once a week to teach them Spanish through song, dance, and games.

Not sure if this is exactly what you were looking for, but just thought I would share :)

Beth

High School Spanish teacher from Louisville, KY

I have much interest in

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I have much interest in trying PBL in my classes and can' wait to read more ideas here!

9-12 Spanish teacher

Hola! I've taught High School

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Hola!
I've taught High School Spanish for 10 yearsm, and PBL is the one method with the best results. I have some projects taht I would be happy to share with you, but I need to know what level of Spanish you are teaching and what are the core concepts for them.
For expample, if you were to teach imperfect tense, I have a cool project involving a team of CSI detectives and a dead penguin. Let em know.

High school Spanish and digital video teacher from Abilene Texas

Paper puppets

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That's a great idea! I'm going to find a way to incorporate it inot my classes.

High school Spanish and digital video teacher from Abilene Texas

Cookbooks

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When I taught commands to Sp2 I had students write a recipe into personal tú commands. (they can't use translators or recipes on a box to cheat, because they're in the Ud. form). They had to type it up, and make a visual aid (a cooking demo like on TV using actual food or cardboard facsimiles were popular)We made a video of the presentations and took the recipes and made bilingual cookbooks. Each student got a cookbook and we sold extra copies as a Spanish Club fundraiser. The whole process took about six weeks.

High School Spanish teacher from Louisville, KY

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When I taught commands to Sp2 I had students write a recipe into personal tú commands. (they can't use translators or recipes on a box to cheat, because they're in the Ud. form). They had to type it up, and make a visual aid (a cooking demo like on TV using actual food or cardboard facsimiles were popular)We made a video of the presentations and took the recipes and made bilingual cookbooks. Each student got a cookbook and we sold extra copies as a Spanish Club fundraiser. The whole process took about six weeks.

High School Spanish teacher from Louisville, KY

Cookbooks, Voice threads, music videos and CSI

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All of the above are wonderful ideas! Thanks everyone, for sharing. Lots of food for thought and excellent project ideas to get me started!

High School Spanish teacher from Louisville, KY

Cookbooks, Voice threads, music videos and CSI

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Hola!I've taught High School Spanish for 10 yearsm, and PBL is the one method with the best results. I have some projects taht I would be happy to share with you, but I need to know what level of Spanish you are teaching and what are the core concepts for them.For expample, if you were to teach imperfect tense, I have a cool project involving a team of CSI detectives and a dead penguin. Let em know.

I am very interested in your project using the imperfect tense. I teach Spanish 2,3 and 4 (new this year) - some of the major grammar concepts I teach are the preterite (vs) the imperfect, future/conditional, commands, (past and present) subjunctive and reflexive verbs.

I am also very interested in some PBL ideas for literature and culture. I will be using all new texts and resources this year from the "Expresate" series for all levels.

Thank you!

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