My personal philosophy of education is that I teach kids, not Spanish. Part of teaching kids is incorporating lessons of empathy and humanity into the everyday. However, parents and administrators still expect me to teach Spanish, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, so I look for ways to do all of it together!
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.
When I was in undergrad studying education, we were all required to take a class called "Reading Across the Curriculum." I did not see the value in that class at the time, but have since changed my mind completely!
I went to a workshop by Carol Gaab on Comprehensible Input (CI) and my mind was blown! I learned more in one workshop
than in most of my methods classes combined! I couldn't believe how amazing this strategy was and that nobody had ever shown it to me before! This was amazing!! I went back to school the next Monday and dove right in with my students and they gobbled it up. They loved everything about it and both their fluency and engagement skyrocketed! It was a miracle!
But how do I still teach the required elements of my school's textbook curriculum?