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First Week – In the Books!

Screen Shot 2017-08-31 at 2.06.15 PMWell, we made it through the big 2 days for Week One of the 2017-2018 school year!  I had an absolute blast getting to know my new students and there is NO doubt my students LOVED competing in a game of Kahoot to learn all about me (Remember how I like my coffee, kids!)  We started all kinds of activities to break the ice and get to know each other.

Since my theme for the year is “OBSTACLES”, our first activity was a paper tower challenge.

In groups, the students were given the task of creating the tallest paper tower with only construction paper and tape.  As they worked, they were given various unexpected “obstacles” such as being blindfolded, that they had to overcome in order to pursue their goal. 

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Students then “debriefed” with the following “Points to Ponder”:

  • What real-world skills did you use to be successful?
  • What did this activity have to do with this class?  Or any class?
  • What obstacles do think you might encounter this year?  So what are you going to do about it?
  • What type of learning would make overcoming the obstacles “worth it”?
  • So what do you want to learn this year?
  • Are you invested in your own learning?

Students understood the connection of this activity to real-life in that we all at some point in time have had challenges and obstacles to overcome.  The students then identified the following skills helped to complete their task:

  • Collaboration
  • Critical-Thinking
  • Flexibility
  • Communication
  • Risk-Taking
  • Humor
  • Guessing

Students then identified specific obstacles that they might encounter this year and brainstormed potential solutions and action steps:

  • Fear of speaking in Spanish/Practice with peers in class
  • Nervous about gaps in vocabulary/Create own personal thematic vocabulary lists
  • Forget some content from last year/Take advantage of personalized content review sessions in class
  • Different learning styles/Give feedback to teacher via survey on activity and project ideas.

The final and perhaps most important question was:

  •  Are you invested in your own learning?

(If they said NO, I ignored them) and told them that the answer is YES!  And so am I, so let’s do this!

Hope you had a great first week of school!

 

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Creamos etiquetas de Twitter!

twitter-hashtagEach Spanish class had the task of creating its own #hashtag for Twitter.  Each entry had to consider the class block and level and a form of my last name.  Students wrote them on their desks and then voted. Here are our winners!!!

A Block Spanish 4 Honors – #amoloespanolo4H
B Block Spanish 4 Honors – #buenomolo4h
D Block – Latin American Experience – #molaxed
F Block Spanish I CPS/Honors – #guacamoloespanoloF1
G Block Spanish 4 CPS – #moloneybologna4GCPS


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¿Por qué construimos una torre de mondadientes y malvaviscos?

malvaviscos 1Lots of first-day Spanish fun with team-building exercises today.  Students worked in random groups to see who could create the tallest toothpick marshmallow tower.

What does this have to do with learning a world language, you ask?  Here are some of our student’s responses:

“To learn how to work with others”
“Communicate and collaborate”
“To change and adapt a plan when something isn’t working”
“To make connections…literally”

All great answers!  Learning a language is all about making connections in the community and also learning how to work effectively with others.  I think they got it!