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“Mrs. Spanish, Mrs. Spanish, what are we doing today?”

Mrs. Spanish is my alias. This is what some of my students call me when they can’t remember Señora Mitchell. My real name is Anne Marie Mitchell. I live in Rome, GA with my husband and our 3 boys. I teach at Berry College Elementary and Middle School in Rome, GA. BCEMS is a small Kindergarten through 8th grade laboratory school. I have taught all 9 grades since 2007. I started a blog to catalog the things I have learned in the time I have been here.

I started using TPRS early on because I was looking for a better way to teach my students to communicate. I love how the TPRS community has evolved to include all types of methods that support Comprehensible Input.

15 comments

  1. Hi. I am trying to learn more about TPRS. I am teaching k-3rd Spanish twice a week. Another teacher I know that uses TPRS with older kids suggested I buy a TPRS curriculum so that I could begin to understand the method and get comfortable with the process. The 2 main curriculums I see for the younger kids (k-3rd) are the Conversa curriculum and the Hola Niños curriculum. I am trying to figure out which one to buy or if there is another I should be looking at. Do you have any suggestions? Why might one be a better curriculum than the other? I just found your blog and I love it!!! Thanks!

  2. I am hoping you might be able to attend and/or help spread the word about our first Cascadia CI Conference in Portland, OR June 29-30.

    We have an amazing lineup so far:

    Keynotes/Sessions by Dr. Beniko Mason and Dr. Stephen Krashen

    Sessions by Mike Peto, Annabelle Allen, Ben Slavic, Tina Hargaden, and Jacqueline Miller-Perry and Jon Cowart on CI for Equity, and a couple more surprise folks in the works.

    Model Language Classes by Wade Blevins (modeling in Cherokee), Adam Ziad (modeling in Arabic) Janet Kyong (modeling in Korean), Kristen Noelle Donoghue Wolf (modeling Elementary Spanish), and TBD modeling in Advanced French.

    Evening coaching with Ben Slavic till 11 PM or later!

    Optional pre-conference workshop with Ben Slavic and Tina Hargaden June 26-27

    Visit https://comprehensiblecascadia.org/ for details.

  3. Hi! I am so so thankful to have found you! I have been teaching middle/high school for the past 12 years, but have just accepted an elementary position. I start Monday (yikes!) and am so thankful to be able to use your first unit (just downloaded it from TpT)! The current curriculum is basically non-existent, so I’m ready to overhaul it! LOVING your Me Gusta unit so much and plan to start there. Any idea when you may have another unit available? Or, any suggestions on where I can look for additional resources? Thank you so much for all of the time and love you put into the first unit.

  4. I been teaching Toddlers to 6th grade for some years now. I love TPRS and I found your units really good and I am going to use them this coming year. I need, though,to present the school a scope and sequence of what I will be teaching and I wonder if you have it. I would gladly buy it ! Please, continue creating new units! Muchas gracias!

    • THANKS! I don’t really have a scope and sequence yet…but it is in the works. It will be a while though. I am planning to write up more units finishing out Year 1. Then I will start Year 2. 😉

  5. Hello,

    I am teaching in a school this year that does not have any books. k-8th grade. I would like to buy 1 or two curriculums for k-5 and 6-8th or so. Do you have any suggestions? Can you please guide me on this?

  6. Hi there! We are looking for 1st-8th TPRS style Spanish curriculum for our school. Classes meet 40 min/week (1st-4th) or 60 min/week (5th-8th) for the entire year. It sounds like the person who commented above had a similar need. I’d love to hear your response to them.

    • HOLA Beth! Thanks so much! It is on my list to complete Year TWO of ¡No me digas! curriculum but it will be later in the academic year. I am currently working on getting French materials translated for Year ONE and releasing some Classroom library type stories in Spanish & French that correlate with the units already released.

  7. I love your blog! I purchased your Units 1 -3 for my Kdg. -2nd grades. I’m switching to CI after 10 years of grammar based curriculum. I’m wondering do you teach “Units- like Animals, Body parts…” or do you target the sweet 16 verbs? I’m having trouble letting go of my units and target verbs. Any suggestions? I teach Kdg. – 8th grade so far I’m trying to keep my units and use Storyasking or Storytelling to highlight vocabulary.
    Thanks,
    Karim Reich

    • Thanks! I still have “thematic units” but the focus is on communicating with my students in a very purposeful way. For example, to talk about food or restaurants, I use a discussion “What is your favorite food? What is your favorite restaurant?” “Do you ever help cook at home? What do you cook?” “If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I see?” I use thematic vocabulary and the sweet 16, but the goal is communicating through a more purposeful and authentic conversation. If you notice my units follow a main idea/question and that naturally has some words that are used. Unit 1 is all about your favorite and least favorite foods. Unit 2 – What do you like on your pizza? Unit 3 – How are you? Unit 4 – What do you eat for breakfast? etc.

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