Classroom Ideas

El cominezo de la escuela

Wow, I cannot believe how busy I’ve been with the start of school! But I guess that’s what happens at the beginning of school especially for a second year teacher…it has been a busy couple months but my second year has gotten off to a great start and I can’t wait to share some of my new ideas for the language classroom. A big thanks to creativelanguageclass.com where I stole most of my ideas.

One of my goals this summer was to create/buy decor for the classroom in order to make it as much of an immersion classroom as possible. I also wanted to inspire the students with culture in the classroom. Here are some pictures of things that I added to my classroom this year. These pictures were taken Day 1 of school and now everything looks a bit different but I will post some updated photos soon.

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I stumbled upon this fabulous shower curtain at Bed Bath and Beyond! I had seen the idea on creativelanguageclass.com and was stoked when I happen to find it while out shopping! I threw up a couple flags with it that I collected this summer from my travels and now I have a back wall that I hope inspires my students to viajar!

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Each table was labeled with a number which has turned out to be a great way for the students to learn the numbers 1-9 as I call on different groups to share out their answers. Also I created a baggie with materials for each table, although the bags are quite destroyed now. I am still trying to come up with a better solution for how to handle materials at the tables.

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The right side window has become my ‘calendario’ area with posters that I bought at Lakeshore Learning. I also ‘inherited’ the wonderful magnetic days of the week, and seasons from my master teacher who recently retired.

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I created this reading nook and stocked it with picture books in Spanish that I also got from my master teacher. The letters for LEER I bought at a craft store…still hoping to paint them…and the cuentame un cuento sign came from another colleague. In order to set the books up, I propped them up in an old cardboard box that held reams of paper, and I covered it in newspaper from my travels to Argentina this summer.

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I created some collages (some are still in the making) to hang above the windows. They let light in, block out some distractions outside and display the best part of Spanish – culture! I created 4 collages to display different topics: El Cine, La Música, El Deporte y El Arte. They’ve been great to use as a reference in the classroom when we talk about different aspects of the Spanish language or culture.

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I love the greetings and goodbye sign on my door! It gives kids a great way to diversify the way the greet me and each other. 🙂

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The best thing about the new decor in my classroom is how useful it is to incorporate into lessons. I find that I can speak more Spanish from the start (even in Spanish 1-2) by using the decor/signs as visuals for the students to learn words they’ve never even heard before. Can’t wait to add more adornos y letreros!

 

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