December 2017 - Mis Clases Locas

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1st Day Back From Winter Break Plans for all levels of Spanish

Happy New Year amig@s! I hope you have enjoyed your break. I watched season 2 of Chicas de Cable as well as am watching Gran Hotel (again!) on Netflix, spent quality time with my little family, and celebrated the life of my spit fire Grandma with my extended family. At 93, she and my Grandpa were only one month away from reaching the milestone of 70 years of marriage. In honor of Grandma, this year it is my goal to make my husband a priority. She had six kids in eight years, yet they made date night a weekly tradition, called each other "lovebird" and kissed in front of everyone every chance they got. 

We are back at school on Wednesday the 3rd and have students on Thursday the 4th. With that strange two day week, my plan is to ease into the new year talking about what students are dying to discuss, their break! To make things easy on myself and to have a work free break, I already have my first week back plans on my desk with copies made. Similar to my first day of school plan, I am adapting the same basic activity across all levels. If you are looking for a idea of something that you can adapt for all levels you teach, check out my plans below. (Or here is a full week of 1st week plans from two years ago). 


1st Day Back From Winter Break Plans for all levels of Spanish

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Best of 2017 #1: 10 Ways to Get Your Spanish Class Moving

Drum roll please.........the most popular post on Mis Clases Locas during 2017 was....

Best of 2017 #1: 10 Ways to Get Your Spanish Class Moving
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SSS - Must Read Blog Posts for Spanish Teachers

As a part of my best of the year, I thought I would share some other sites' popular posts of 2017. 

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Best of 2017 #2: 5 New Movies for Spanish class

All ideas for the second most popular post of the year came from a presentation by Israel Fernando Herrera at #CSCTF17. 

Best of 2017 #2: 5 New Movies for Spanish class
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Best of 2017: #3: 4 Corners (with a twist)

Today's top post is another specific activity that got a lot of love this year. 

Best of 2017: #3: 4 Corners (with a twist)
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Best of 2017: #4: 1st Day Plans for Spanish 2 & 3

Today is the 4th most popular post of 2017. 

Best of 2017: #4: 1st Day Plans for Spanish 2 & 3

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Best of 2017: #5 The Marker Game

It is that time of the year again for year end best of lists! Today I am starting my annual best of posts. Hopefully you find something you missed the first time around, or now this is the moment that you are ready to maybe try something new. 

Best of 2017: #5 The Marker Game
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Teaching the novel Problemas en Paraíso - chapter by chapter plans

The second quarter novel for Spanish III this year is the novel Problemas en Paraíso by Carol Gaab. This is my first time using this novel as a whole class novel, but I have used it as a part of literature circles. I previously blogged about planning for the novel. While planning, even though I have the official teacher's guide, it is one of the old ones, that is very basic without all of the great cultural expansions and ideas of the new guides. Since I have taught quite a few novels now, I have my "go to" activities that can be used with any novel. (I currently have 72 posts with the label novel if you need ideas). 

You can find all posts for the novel with the label Problemas


Teaching the novel Problemas en Paraíso - chapter by chapter plans

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What's my answer? - fun game for any novel

I just discovered a new game in the back of the Fiesta Fatal Teacher's guide. If you have ever purchased a guide from Mira Canion, you know they are Packed with ideas. Last year was my first time teaching it, so I just used the chapter by chapter activities to start. This year, I started to read some of the many extra ideas in the back of the guide and came across a new game, What's my answer to use after chapter 2. Both classes had a blast and it forced everyone to be engaged. 

What's my answer - fun game for any novel
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