Well, back in August I was all gung-ho and was going to start blogging throughout the year. Unfortunately, as you can see from the dates of my posts that did not happen so this is more of a reflection of my past year.
I will first go over the lessons or ideas that went well and then the ones that didn’t. First the clothing unit including Botas Picudas ideas from Kristy Placido and Srta. Barragán and others that culminated in a group Exposición de Moda project. The students really enjoyed that unit. I also used the book Agentes Secretos which I started with a geography vocabulary unit adapted from Alison Litten and proceeded to a study of Spain geography. We used the new iPads and the students created a video of their Viaje a España.
I introduced Tech Tuesday in all of my classes and was able to find apps and other tech resources such as Duolingo and Edmodo to enhance the language acquisition process.
I teach 5th – 8th grade and implemented a new classroom pass system, thanks to Lisa Reyes. Initially it went well but I found it too cumbersome in terms of marking them off when used, going around to each student etc. I am in search of something new, any suggestions? I also found the reading of Agentes to take longer than I had expected. How long should it take? I wish there was a pacing guide included in teacher manuals. I know that would vary depending on the classes, how often they have class and class time but it might help in my planning. I had issues with iPads, wifi and of course inevitably I had to rely on Plan B.
Overall, I know the year had some bumps but luckily there were no potholes that kept us stuck in the road. I know there was lots of learning and the students had a great year. Looking forward to getting some rest, rejuvenating and then finding new ideas for next years classes.