A new year offers new opportunities in your Spanish classroom (but really you can incorporate these ideas anytime).
Just like I go through my house and get rid of stuff that I don’t need or love, I like to bring this same philosophy to my class in the new year. You’re almost halfway through the school year so take a look at what’s working and what’s not working and change things up with some new Spanish class ideas.
This blog post will give you 5 fresh ideas and hopefully some new tools for your teacher tool kit to spice up your classroom and make teaching more fun for you and your students.
1. Take Your Students on a Virtual Field Trip
Traveling and seeing other parts of the world is the best part of learning a language. Obviously, we can’t do that with our students, but we can take them on virtual field trips. Show a short video clip from another country and discuss it with your students each week. Here are two of my favorites:
Making Instruments from Recycled Garbage, 4 min. in Spanish. http://bit.ly/RecycledGarbage
Biblioburro, 5 min. in Spanish with English subtitles. http://bit.ly/-Biblioburro
A man brings books on his burro to educate Colombian communities.
Click here for more ideas about how to use these types of videos in your classroom.
If you’re looking for Spanish video clips, I’ve collected 101 videos for all of the Hispanic countries. Now that’s a lot of culture!
2. Introduce a New Game
Ball Game for Vocab Review
person with the ball and hold their pictures out in front of them for everyone to see. Make sure that each person knows how to say his/her vocabulary word.
¿Qué haces? ¿Qué estás haciendo? (Good for gerunds, reflexives, vocab review)
Have students create longer sentences.
Grab the instructions for 50 free review games like this in my Free Resource Library.
3. Tired of Your Colleagues (Or Don’t Have Any Because You’re a Department of One)? Get Some New Ones.
Share your Spanish class ideas, classroom woes, or teacher humor in our online teachers’ lounge Facebook group.
4. Have a Problem in Your Class? Create a Plan to Solve It.
Come up with a game plan of how you will react when you see that behavior in class.
Make sure you know exactly what you will do when you see that behavior and be consistent each time. Once students learn that they will get the same response every time, they will be less likely to repeat the behavior because now you have provided a clear boundary for them.
Be the wall!
You can push the wall, hit the wall, and it always has the same response, so pretty soon you stop doing those things because you respect the wall. Be the wall!
Read more details about how to make big moves via small changes here.
5. Get Your Students Speaking More in the Target Language
The One Word Strategy
The Clothespin Method
Award a point for each clothespin at the end of the activity. (10 points = a no homework pass, an extra few points on a quiz, or a pass to pick your seat in class). (Idea from Gail Tuccillo Gillis)
Hope you enjoyed these Spanish class ideas and that they inspire you to try something new this year. If you have any questions, I’m always up for chatting via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.