Thursday, April 29, 2010

Classroom Management Techniques

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Procedures, Consequences, Rules

When you got into teaching these are probably not the things that brought you to this career.  But once you arrived you most likely learned how crucial these are to your classes and to you.  Without these you might not last long.

Today, talking with a student of mine we brainstormed and came up with these consequences:

1- warning
*2- 10 minute lunch detention and reflection sheet
3- referral

* Students who receive 2 lunch detentions in one week will receive a phone call home.

These wouldn't be the best consequences for everyone but for this teacher these are a great fit.  She can't hold her students after class so that can't be a consequence.

Consistency and following through are so important with classroom management.  If one student sees another getting away with something he will think it is ok and misbehave as well, resulting in a domino effect.  Stop the wrong behavior immediately.  Post your rules and consequences.  Practice your procedures.  Collaborate with other teachers.

Reread The First Days of School It is full of great advice.  Another great classroom management book is by Lee Canter and is called Assertive Discipline

What are your classroom consequences?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Spanish Games for Learning: "Mini Matamoscas"

Mata moscas or matamoscas (Fly swatter game) is a great game to help your students review just about anything. 
I have my student Jared to thank for this one. I observed him today and he had his class do this game to review the irregular preterite. 
Here's how it works:
Students are paired and have a sheet of paper between them.  On this paper he had several irregular preterite  sentences, about 8-10.  (You could use anything you want your students to review.) He then had the English sentences come up one at a time in a power point presentation. The first student to mark the correct Spanish translation with their pen got a point.
If you don't want to use power point you could easily use an overhead projector and place a paper over the sentences or whatever it is that you are reviewing one at a time. Or you could simple say the phrases out loud.
Why is it called "Mini Matamoscas"?  Check out my post on Matamoscas
Check out the song on the irregular preterite
More irregular preterite songs
and the free preterite packet I mentioned before.

More Game Ideas:

1) Games with Brainquest Hispanic America
2) Jeopardy with a powerpoint template
3) Make your own Bingo Cards online
4) Verb Battleship
5) Draw & Guess, Circumlocution, Vocab Grab

Friday, April 9, 2010

Song for teaching the irregular preterite in Spanish

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Learning Spanish Grammar does not have to be dull.  Songs make for great Spanish teaching activities.

This song is from Mental Note Music.
These are the LYRICS:

Irregular Preterites
Irregular preterites
have got their own set of stems
And their own set of endings
that don't have accent marks on them

cup, sup, hub
are caber, saber, haber
quis, vin, hic,
are querer, venir, hacer

Endings: e, iste, o, imos, isteis, ieron
e, iste, o, imos isteis, ieron

anduv, tuv, estuv,
andar, tener, estar
traj, dij, traduj,
traer, decir, traducir

e, iste, o, imos, isteis, ieron
e, iste, o, imos, isteis, ieron

Finally now remember for poder the stem is pud
You see, they both have "d",
The stem rhymes with food

The toughest stem of all, although it's no excuse,
The stem for poner
Isn't pon, it's pus

e, iste, o, imos, isteis, ieron
e, iste, o, imos, isteis, ieron

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spanish Music for Kids "Fiesta Songs"

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Fiesta Songs!

Here's a great idea for an anticipatory set for teaching the verb gustar.   My JH and HS kids loved it when I played the me gusta song and even requested it. There is also a "no me gusta" song.  It was always a hit with my students and a great way to introduce gustar to my Spanish I students.Are you teaching high school Spanish?  I purchased this CD,  Fiesta Songs!, my first year I continued to use it year after year.

Now I am giving it new life to my toddlers.  Teaching preschool Spanish is a bit different than teaching my highschoolers but I like it. There are a couple songs I could do without but for the most part if you're a fan of sesame street you'll probably like this.  It even has some classics like Rubber Duckie (El Patito) and Sing (Canta) translated and sung in Spanish.  Teaching Spanish to children, particularly younger children is easier in a sense than teaching highschoolers.  You just go about your routine or playtime but incorporate Spanish.

What are your favorite CD's/ songs for teaching Spanish?

Check out how I describe how to create a great anticipatory set here.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Free Teaching Resources from Preschool through High school

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 The National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center has some free standards-based thematic units. These are very detailed and definitely worth a look.  There are 6 free units in Spanish ranging from preschool through high school and there are 4 free thematic units in French. 

I'm taking a look at the preschool Spanish unit
I particularly like the activity that has pictures and describes the actions you can do with your children to talk about making tortillas. 

Thanks Teaching and Learning Spanish!