This year I started teaching middle school students Spanish at an International Baccalaureate school. In early March I was so darn proud of how much my students had learned and grown. My sixth graders were reading a multi-chapter novel in Spanish and doing a great job! My 7th and 8th graders were having conversations about food, family, school, and more! These students were understanding and producing more in Spanish than high school students I've taught! And then school closed for the year.
I want to take a moment to highlight a few of the great moments of the year I was able to capture through photos and video.
We WORKED TOGETHER
I told lots of stories, and then we played lots of games working with the vocabulary and grammar of these stories.
6th graders placing parts of a story in the correct order
7th graders playing BOOM game based on a story
6th graders playing Quizlet Live Relay
We had FUN
We drew, we watched music videos from Spanish speaking artists, and we danced!
A great example comparing Victor and "el otro hombre"
6th graders drawing what they want to be when they grow up
7th graders dancing to Just Dance videos!
7th graders trying to find differences between Señor Wooly videos.
This isn't the ending I wanted for the year, but this isn't the end anyway.
I'm very grateful that I will get to teach the current 6th and 7th graders as they move up to 7th and 8th grade. Whatever the future of school will be, I'm looking forward to continuing our learning. As the ad below says, we are never too far down to come back.
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