In a nutshell, after a semester using SEESAW (for FREE!!) with my K-4th grade... I LOVE IT!! Now let me tell you why... What I use SEESAW for... My students can draw pictures, take pictures of their work and capture video with Seesaw. Then they can write a caption or record over a drawing/photo explaining … Continue reading SEESAW app in FL classroom review – Communicating student work
It is here! Unit 2 - ¿Quieres pizza? This is the unit AFTER Unit 1 - Me gusta. It uses the song and activities that I have posted before in ¿Te gusta la pizza?. I have used this unit in my own Kindergarten class for at least the last 5 years. It is one of my … Continue reading NEW! Unit 2 – ¿Quieres pizza?
OK don't start your email or comments...yet. Hear me out. I am proposing not insisting. For years I stared my younger classes with the days of the week, date, weather etc. My older classes started with a few questions reviewing what we did the class time before (translate the sentences, fill in the blank, answer these basic … Continue reading The case AGAINST BELLRINGERS and CALENDAR TIME
** This blog post was co-written with my AMAZING sister, Dr. Gaile Stephens, who is a Music Education Professor at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. (I went to a trained professional.) Songs are fun, authentic and great for any foreign language classroom. As a new teacher I would hear a song and think, "I WANT … Continue reading How do I teach a song? (elementary)
If you haven't checked it out yet, my first unit ME GUSTA is available on Teachers Pay Teachers. I have been amazed by the interest, and I hope that all of you who have started the year with ME GUSTA, your year has started smoothly. I started my new Kindergarteners in this unit and used … Continue reading ME GUSTA unit – Where are my students?
So every year I get a new batch of 5 year olds. The most pressing issue for me on Day One is learning names. This summer I created a game for the beginning of the year. This game is the main activity for Class ONE of my unit Me gusta which is an introductory unit for the … Continue reading Name Game Gold: Kindergarten Edition
I attended Ben Slavic and Tina Hargaden "Ci without Stress" workshop a few weeks ago in Atlanta. I had seen many of you who have attended their workshop this summer, and I was excited to see it for myself. For those of you who have not read their book A Natural Approach to Stories I highly recommend it. … Continue reading “CI without stress” Elementary Adaptations