IMG_3046One of the things I added to my teaching repertoire this year was the PASAPORTE. Although I cannot take all the credit for this idea (I do believe there was something similar posted on the Creative Language Classroom blog) I have adapted the idea in my own way and I absolutely love these! Looking for a fun and creative way to keep track of participation that also relieves some of your work load?!? Instead of trying to keep track of participation on my clipboard with a million tally marks that start to make it so I cannot even read my seating chart…the students use their pasaportes and collect stamps to keep track of how many times they have participated. I usually only gives stamps out for answering questions in Spanish (since that is the main purpose of participation in a Spanish class) but sometimes they can receive stamps for other things such as: winning a vocabulary game, reading something out loud…etc. The best part about the pasaportes is that I choose a student to do the stamping for me (they also receive a stamp for this) so I can focus on the response of the student and not worry about making sure to give them the participation stamps for a response.IMG_3047 2

In addition to being a great way to keep track of participation, I have also added a cultural element to them by giving students a new Spanish speaking country nationality and they display this on the front of the pasaporte. My students sit at tables that have a certain country assigned to that table so when they fill out their pasaportes they receive the nationality of the country assigned to their table. To add some student choice you could always let them pick their country. I have them do this for one of the quarters and it always brings up great discussions about what Spanish speaking countries interest the kids and why.

I tell students up front how many stamps they need for an A, B, C…etc. and then I collect them at the end of each grading period. I never thought high schoolers would be motivated by stamps, but it really does work. I highly recommend this fun and interactive tool for participation. Students are able to see their progress with participation, it is a fun and hands on experience to collect stamps and create the pasaportes and it also brings in an element of culture to the classroom. I must say if my students ever go through customs in a Spanish Speaking country at least they’ll know what document to present when the officer says ‘Pasaporte por favor.’

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Galería de Arte


I started using ‘Real World Homework’ with my students this term (another thanks to creativelanguageclassroom) and I wanted to find a way for the students to be able to see each others’ artwork and also be recognized for effort that was put into some of their projects. So this week I planned a gallery walk for the students where I placed some of the best work on the tables before they came in, and for the first 5 minutes of class they walked around to see the artwork and then voted on the best pieces from the three different categories: Maps of Central América, Connect the Dots in Spanish, and a Cognate Sign for the classroom. I hammed it up with my ‘galería de arte’ sign and ‘frames’ on the back wall. I hope it inspires students to create some neat pieces for the next ‘real world homework projects.’



Tarjeta Postal

My department focuses a lot on the literacy of the Spanish language so I’ve been brainstorming ways to make writing more interesting for the students instead of just practicing simple sentences over and over. Two things I have tried to focus on is 1 –  creating prompts with a real world context and 2 – making writing more than just a pencil and paper activity. Here is an activity I did recently that the students really enjoyed and it took writing to a whole new level.


I told the students to imagine they were going to be an exchange student for the next semester and they would be living with a family in Buenos Aires. The son in the family, Enrique Solano [a made up  name from actual friends of mine in Buenos Aires ;)] has sent them a post card and would like them to respond! I displayed the post card I had created through the doc-u-cam and multiple students kept asking, Is this a real person? Is that a real postcard? 🙂 I love lessons that require no classroom management because they are genuinely engaged in the activity and this one of them!

I printed the same exact postcard template on card-stock for the students to use and they each wrote their own tarjeta postal. I also gave them a real address in Buenos Aires for Enrique and told them I would put them in the mail that afternoon. Sometimes they are so gullible!

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 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.


I stumbled upon this fabulous shower curtain at Bed Bath and Beyond! I had seen the idea on 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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 🙂




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!