It has been a long time since I’ve posted here! A lot has changed since I posted regularly and I can’t wait to share with you all of the things that have changed in my teaching practice since then.
Let’s talk about staying relevant and student buy in. I don’t use a text book – why? well when I used the text book I always felt like my curriculum was a boring, rigid with little wiggle room for creativity and authenticity. For me, culture should be the means by which we teach the language because those two can’t and shouldn’t be disconnected. I also have strong feelings about English being used more than the Target Language in classroom. So, about 5 years ago tired of trying to find balance with the book I said GOODBYE and began my own journey in creating a culturally relevant thematic curriculum. It has been challenging, but I am so lucky that I have the support of my department and my PLC and no one telling me I shouldn’t! And… the results have been pretty amazing!
I am excited to teach.
No more front loading of boring topics and grammar terms – culture and authentic resources first!
The students are HAPPY and EAGER to learn.
I will share more on how I started this journey in future posts – but now let’s talk Acción de Gracias or Thanksgiving. It is coming up quick! Do you talk about this in your classes? Why or why not?
In my 1A classes, we will be soon starting a unit on Celebrations – this includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Posadas, New Year and many, many more as we have a very diverse population and are always cognizant of including everyone so they can have something to talk about too! We started this unit a few years ago and felt it was a perfect fit for us because it is the time of year where many holidays are celebrated and there is holiday decor, signs and commercials everywhere so it is hard not to talk about celebrations. Students enjoy talking about things that are current and apply to them AND we connect it with how holiday time is celebrated in Spanish-speaking countries. There are SO many resources out there that talk about Thanksgiving in Spanish, how Thanksgiving is celebrated in places like Puerto Rico and how Latinos in the US celebrate Thanksgiving here with their own toque latino!
If you’re looking into incorporating Acción de Gracias here are some authentic resources to get you started. Here is a vocabulary reference sheet (yes, I still give these – more on why later) if you’re interested. Stay tuned on how I use these!
El Pavochón, una variante puertorriqueña para Acción de Gracias | Noticiero | Telemundo
Hispano ayuda por años a su comunidad en “Acción de Gracias” | Noticiero | Noticias Telemundo