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Diversity and the politics of Identity- Last of a four part Identity series for Spanish 4

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The Politics of Identity This week the plan was to engage in a topic that has been sweeping the country and framing many political debates: the fluidity and diversity of identity. At my school, this has been a very heavy topic. We have been knee- deep in discussion about identity for this unit and this was our last week.  Students have learned from each other about their respective identity and the pluralistic ways in which they express who they are.  In addition, our school district crafted a new policy on All Gender bathrooms, so this unit, at this juncture was very timely, to say the least.   Although we did not get the activities below, (my summative assessment was the speaking task at the end of this post), I have outlined how to implement the last segment with your students. The last leg of the unit on identity consists on watching two videos that discuss La Ley de la Identidad and reading the text: Los Chicos Trangénero (please note that "transgénero" was singular in …

100% in the Target Language?

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¡Auxilio! 

Teaching 100% in the TL? 



This year I am struggling with staying 100 % in the target language. Although I slow down and try as much as possible to make the input comprehensible, I still hear students asking- what did she say?  Many students are still shy to ask questions, they want to look "cool" in front of their peers. Many times I just feeling like tirando la toalla and just giving them simple instructions in English. However, I am manteniendo la calma; I don't know for how much longer. I have thought about stopping and making it mandatory for them to ask me questions, but I have doubts about this method as well. How much of class is directed in the target langauge?   


Teaching Grammar?

My other question concerns teaching grammar and providing instructions for projects.  I rarely teach grammar, but when I do mini lessons or give them "flipped" homework, they come to class with questions about the grammar. I struggle with should I stick in the target l…

Promoting Sticking Power with Multiple Interactions with the Same Text

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Facilitating Thinking and Learning with Chat Stations 

This post is the third in a four series lesson on Identity for my upper level Spanish class.  

Part 1: Taking of the Mask 
Part 2: Comprehensible Culture 




Right before administering a reading assessment that draws on the article students read, the videos and discussion in class (see posts 1 and 2), I decided to enact Chat Stations in the class. I learned about this idea from the Cult of Pedagogy last year during my unit on Arte. After discussing questions at the Chat Stations, students felt that the were more prepared to engage in the reading assessment.

The Benefits of Chatting it out

We have 90 minute block periods in my school.  I made sure that students, prior to taking the assessment, had additional time to process the concepts and ideas from the reading and the video. For their warm up activity, they had re-engage with the text with the question on the slide.

This activity allowed students to interact again with the text and c…