The first two days of school in Room 236 were a blur! I learned dozens of new names and shared lots of details about me (I’m afraid of cats, have an identical twin and wore braces for 6 horrible years….all true).
While everything had a little Italian or Spanish “twist” on it, this week’s activities were all about getting to know my new students! I created five stations for students to complete, each with a different task. We practiced conversation skills with Jenga, learned about each other (and Sra. Blackburn….ha!) and worked as a team to accomplish some fun, different tasks. Level 1 students took some time to think about starting to study Spanish, and what their goals are for the year. Some pictures are below at the end of the post.
As former students know, I am bizarrely excited about Spanish and Italian, so it’s hard for me not to jump right into (what I consider) the “fun stuff”. However, we took some time in these first two days to really chat about what we like (not what we like about Spanish verbs or Italian regions) but what inspires us, excites us and lights us up.
This conversation was a great way to introduce some new initiatives our department is trying out this year and hopefully demonstrate to students that languages reach beyond conjugations and verb tenses: they are simply new ways to express ourselves, our passions and our lives. I am SO EXCITED to start some fascinating new projects that will capture each student’s individual passion and excitement. (More on this next week!!)
To my students – you re-energized me about being back here at school and I’m ready for a great year with you! Happy 4-day weekend!
Ci vediamo….nos vemos! 🙂