March 22, 2018
So much for my plan to blog once a month. Things have gotten super crazy around here. Spring is starting to “spring” and now that the weather is nicer and my 8th graders are starting to get ready for high school…well, let’s just say their effort has somewhat declined. On top of that, it’s getting closer to Spring Break for us, which means my role as co-advisor of the Talent Show is starting to take its toll since the parent performance and in-school performance is happening next week, the week before break. We’re off Good Friday and that whole next week and I’m sure you understand me when I say that it can’t come soon enough.
So my awesome ideas that I wrote about last time to incorporate more CI stuff has…fizzled out. I’m going to a local CI conference next month (if you’re anywhere near Mid Michigan, you should definitely check out CI in the Mitten!) so hopefully that will renew my efforts, or at least give me a good idea about next year.
I have, however, been incorporating more music and the students are really responding. My 1s have been studying the verb ser (to be), and just for fun I showed them Soy un Cacahuate from Spanish Spongebob. They loved it! Then, more recently we have been studying question words, so I gave them a modified version of this Question Word Song and they can’t stop singing it, no matter how much they groaned when I told them we were going to sing. (“Whatever, you know you like it!” I told them.)
My 2s seem to be enjoying our new entertainment unit where they get to discuss movies and TV shows. They love to reminisce about their favorite childhood cartoons when we talk about dibujos animados. Today they get to learn about verbs like gustar so they can discuss their opinions and use phrases like “me aburre” and “me repugnan” to talk about various types of TV shows and movies.
Compared to last year, this year has been fairly easy. I guess next year will be interesting to see how things change when they are using/hearing the language 90% of the time. I will use English when introducing new grammar concepts, but more often than not, the plan is to go with Spanish.
After finally meeting as a department (for the first time all year), it sounds like most of my colleagues are using CI-esque methods. I should probably follow the flow so that my students aren’t at a disadvantage when they go to high school.
What methods have worked for you? What are you planning on changing next year? Let me know in the comments!