Classroom management procedures are what make class run smoothly, and you have to have control over the class before you can teach anything. Your classroom management procedures can (and should) change if they are not working, but make sure you are deliberate and explain why you are going to change it so you don't look wishy-washy to your students. Students crave routine and order, so make sure you have procedures in place for them. I will write a future post about my procedures.
#3. Under-plan your lessons
Numbers and counting in Spanish is one of the very first units that comes up in almost any language curriculum. It's generally included in the preliminary chapter along with 6 other topics that you are recommended to cover in two weeks time. No way!
My co-workers and I have given ourselves the entire first quarter for this - a whopping 9 weeks. I spend two whole weeks just on numbers and counting in Spanish! I do this because I know most of my students will use their Spanish while traveling, and they will
need to communicate about time, date, and prices in their real-life use.
Each year I have added more and more scaffolding to the assignment, learning as I go. I feel like this year I finally got it right, so I wanted to share.
Currently, my 8th graders are studying a unit on their daily routine and hygiene. We have done all the standard vocabulary and grammar activities and well as personalized stories about their own lives and preferences, but so much has been happening in the world related to Spanish-speaking countries and I really wanted to incorporate that into our class while still meeting those vocabulary objectives, so I created this webquest.
Then we do one of their favorite activities all year: Pronoun TPR. Here's a video demo.