Plaza de España en Sevilla

Plaza de España en Sevilla

Thursday, November 5, 2015

En Un Toreo

Students in Help Desk are having fun with the Green Screen:

They put me in a bullfight ring. Even though I have traveled to most Spanish-speaking countries, I could never stomach going to an actual bull fight...

Click the link below to learn more about bullfighting:

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

El Día de los Muertos

Here are some videos about The Day of the Dead:

And a bilingual song about Halloween:

¿Quién Soy?

7C students completed their first project!
Check out the final product:

Some of them chose to do their project using Book Creator or Explain Everything:

They ALL did a fantastic job and they ALL handed them in on time :)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Los Alumnos Les ENCANTA KAHOOT!!

This game is a hit in every class!

Here is 8A enjoying a game while preparing for their vocabulary quiz tomorrow:

And the winners were:

Thursday, October 15, 2015

8th Graders Learn about the Family and House

Check out this video to help you remember family member vocabulary:

Check out this video to help you remember rooms in the house:

7th Graders Learn the verb SER

Check out these video's that may help you remember SER:

8B Plays "Dáme Cinco"

Students use this activity to practice asking and answering questions and to prepare for an oral. 
They walk around the room asking each student a question. After the answers, they swap questions and High Five each other.

Todo en español!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Back to Basics

Here are some 7C students quizzing each other using flashcards this week:

With all the technology we use on a daily basis, it's sometimes best to just go back to the basics.

Making and using flashcards helps students learn their new vocabulary words. They are easy to carry with you. I recommend using the flashcards either on your own or with a study partner for at least 10 minutes each day in order to prepare for vocabulary quizzes.

We also use the cards to play Lotería (Bingo), Alrededor el Mundo (Around the World), and Dos Circulos (Inner/Outer Circle) during class.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Menu Projects- 7th Grade

They came out great!!!!



¡Bate Bate Chocolate!

As a fun end-of-the-year activity, students from 7A had the opportunity to collaborate with Mrs. Foley's cooking class and make CHOCOLATE!!

I found this kit on

It came with all of the ingredients as well as the story of how cacao beans come from 
South America.

After mixing and preparing the chocolate, each student was able to try it. 
The package included a few cacao beans for students to try as well!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

What ARE Boca Cards?

"Tarjetas de Boca" or "Boca Cards" are incentives or rewards that I use in class to encourage students to participate, whether it's just answering a question in Spanish or working in a group to figure out the correct response with others.

"Boca" means "Mouth" in Spanish- and since my goal is have all of my students speaking in Spanish,  "Bocas" seemed like a good theme. Each card has a picture of a "boca" on it. If you were in my classroom you would see me walking around constantly and handing them out each time a student participates in the target language.

Students collect the cards and save them for tests and quizzes. 5 cards is equal to 1 extra credit point on a test or quiz. Some students use them each week or two (with 1-3 extra credit points on average) while others like to save their cards for a more difficult test or for the end of the year. The record for the most boca points ever earned by a student at one time is 68!

I first learned about using a technique like this from one of my professors at UMASS Amherst (Tiesa Graf). I was observing one of her classes and she created something similar, calling them "microfonos" or "microphones" (with pictures of microphones on each card). Her students were permitted to use these cards in exchange for a night off of a homework assignment.

Whether it's 6th graders or 12th graders, students LOVE getting the opportunity to collect these cards and earn extra credit points!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

8B- Cooperative Learning Circle

The Students LOVE this activity!

It gets them out of their seats and moving around.

It also allows them to work with different students in a fast paced way.

8B used this activity to practice their new vocabulary. They worked in a circle quizzing each other. Each time the bell rings, they rotate to work with a different student.