Technology, Technology!

It’s just amazing what we can do with technology nowadays!  I’ve taught more than 20 years and I still get so excited when I discover or learn something new to try in my class.  Last year I created a Google Classroom for my dual language kindergarten class.  It is an incredible tool to utilize for the listening and speaking component of acquiring a second language.  I have seen growth in the span of the year in my students language.  It is amazing!

This year I have included dictation with homework, and incorporated Google Classroom.  Weekly dictation goes home for practice with various activities to do at home.  Classroom practice is included also.  I discovered how to add recordings of the dictation using my iPhone’s voice memo.  I record myself reading the dictation for students and parents to access at home.  Reading, writing, listening and speaking all go hand in hand so we touch on all these important skills with this practice.

I’m excited to see the end result in my students language acquisition with this practice, and will keep you posted.  I’m hoping to develop data to show growth with this practice.  Wish me luck! 😉

If you have ideas or practices of how you help students’ second language acquisition, please share here and maybe we can begin a dialogue for language teachers!  Have a wonderful 2018!




Nuestro Año

Unas palabras–

Canciones, sonrisas, si

Puedo, lograre!

A Day in July

This July has been somewhat surreal compared to other Julys.  These days past we would be planning summer trips to Florida or California with images of Mickey and the Golden Gate Bridge in our heads. But today there is a sense of uneasiness with incidents of senseless violence in Orlando, now Dallas that is still echoing in my ears. 

As I reminisce about my classroom, I wonder what do we tell the kids? Nothing. We do what we’ve been doing for decades in this profession and something much better, we give them our heart, our ears, our prayers. We show them what peace is in our classrooms with the love of reading, writing and rationalizing. We read stories of kindness and friendship, teach them about rules, consequences and sweet rewards. We remind them that saying “I’m sorry”, “I’ll do better next time”, and “I won’t quit” is always better then giving up or getting angry and holding resentment. 

I mourn for those who lost their lives this summer. But we as a society can definitely do something to plant seeds of kindness and courtesy in our children, students and community. Images of Mickey are more proper to the little lives in our town then images of mothers crying. Never give up on the children. They are the future.

What has happened?

What To Do, Summer Things

Still in the classroom…

That time of the year is here where there is rustle and bustle to finish up report cards, pack up teacher things, keep kids engaged…Still! All in a years work of teaching! Bittersweet feelings of not seeing these kiddos next year in my class.  They will be off to second grade! Watch out 2nd grade!

Beginning to think of summer things too. Planning trips for June, July and August. Finding sun screen, summer reading, and cool shades! 😎 Summer sports for my kids with basketball and volleyball! Look forward to that and spending time with friends– the kids and our own.

What to do! So much to think about, so much on this teacher’s mind. That time of the year, whirlwind of such.

End of the year excitement.

Summer So Far

It is summer break. Here is a little snip of our break so far. We have had a little baseball, softball, beach time, 4th of July and a NBA Championship for our San Antonio Spurs! Amazing! It is not over yet! I am hoping you are having a great time with your family. We will be making a trip to the west coast in about a week. The whole family is excited! It will be a first for us. I will be checking in! Thanks for stopping by!

“I’m Done” Station

Station pic
I’m done! I have my station ready for when we return from Winter break. I got the idea from I added some of my own activities and adapted it to fit my immediate needs. 🙂 I wanted something quick and easy to manage for me and the kids. I always have those early finishers, “What do I do now?” 😮 Here you go! What I like about this idea is I can also put in those activities that are introduced in lessons and have the kids practice thereafter. Or any station activity for that matter. But for now, I will start off with 6 choices. Two of the six choices will have worksheets that are included in the tubs. These are the six I will start with:

Unfinished work
Free writing in Spelling journal.
Spelling City
Read a book.
Write a letter to a friend.
Creative Coloring

In addition to the above, I went ahead and prepared an additional 8 more choices:

Clean out your desk.
Write a story with a picture.
Make a book.
Write a book review.
Sight words 3 times each.
Draw and label.
Math games

The two choices I have for worksheets or paper in the tubs are Write a letter to a friend and  Creative Coloring which I also found,  They are great for early finishers. I made the choices into popsicle sticks and labels.  I will also switch the labels on the tubs when I change the activities.  I think this will keep the kiddos occupied and working.

My goal is to add more tubs and choices.   However, I want the kids to get used to it and over the initial excitement first.  I’ve included here the labels and station sign I will use.  I hope you and your kids enjoy.  Mine too!

I’m Done labels

I’m Done Station sign

popsicle sticks

These are the activities I am starting with! Can’t wait to try them out with the kids!

Almost time…

Disney Quest

It is a little hard to believe that summer is going along. We had a blast at Disney World by the way! We are in mid July. I usually like to begin to plan and “think” about school in August when workshops begin for my district. However, I am seeing some wonderful posts by some educators that I will begin to repost here!

In the meantime, I will still wollow in my “summertime” frenzy because I’m not quite ready yet! …Well, a little! 😉