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Calling all Spanish teachers!

Calling all Spanish teachers!

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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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Yolanda Sanchez's picture
Yolanda Sanchez
Seventh grade science teacher and/or K12 grade PBL consultant. Guadalajara

[quote]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[/quote]

Tracy Brady's picture
Tracy Brady
middle school/high school French teacher in Central New York

Voicethread is fabulous! Most students feel much more comfortable with that format than presentation.

Tracy Brady's picture
Tracy Brady
middle school/high school French teacher in Central New York

I second this suggestion -- I have had great luck with Peace Corps connections. This year my Spanish classes are connected with a volunteer in Nicaragua, and my French classes with a volunteer in Guinee

Faith Truppi's picture
Faith Truppi
Elementary Spanish Teacher from Lebanon Township, NJ

Heidi, I would be very interested to know what type of assessments you use. I'm a brand new Spanish teacher floating in to 1-5 classrooms on a cart. I struggle with many of the same issues you describe above.

Kasey Lane's picture
Kasey Lane
Private home school high school Spanish teacher in Kansas

Some fun projects that I have used in recent years include:designing a restaurant, complete with advertisement, menu, and a conversation; a sports game commentary (using present tense what was happening during a game and sports vocab); a family photo album (after 1st year w/captions and descriptions of family members); weather reports; Christmas customs--had to make an ornament; culture fair (students chose a particular culture item and gave a talk (in English and Spanish) on it; designing, planning and making a town (great group project made with boxes and decorated by students, then they used it for place and occupations vocab, directions vocab); and a puppet play. Although these are more after the vocab projects rather than real PBL, I'm sure they could be adapted.

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
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@Kasey Lane, I love your ideas, especially how there are so many entries for the children's interests. And you're right, I think some of them can be easily adapted for PBL.

Rebeca Lozano's picture
Rebeca Lozano
Spanish Language Teacher , PYP and IBDP International Baccalaureate & IGCSE

Hello All,

This will be my third year teaching spanish, I would like to learn more about PBL and work more with it in my classes. Sometime is a bit difficult to introduce PBL because We neeed to teach foundation on grammar etc. If any one want to contact with me by mail; i would not mind to share ideas and create a kind of workteam which could be developed for example using Skype or any other way to connect each other.
this is my mail: beca_lozano@yahoo.es and my skype contact I will share by mail once we have talk a bit.

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