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099 Spanish Social Skills ¿Es posible que hablemos ahora? Avoid Teacher Burnout!

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  1. Rather than reacting to students treating you like a walking dictionary or interrupting you without asking if now is a good time, proactively teach these six social skills using catchy videos. Enjoy feeling less drained as students' manners improve.
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Teach students how to ask if now is a good time to ask you a question in Spanish using this catchy song. It will cut down on your sense of teacher burnout and teach them appropriate manners.

¿Es possible que hablemos ahora?
por Ellen Shrager
©ellenshrager 2018

¿Es posible que hablemos ahora?

Este no es el momento para hablar, lo haremos más tarde. Lo haremos más tarde.
¿Es posible que hablemos ahora?
Sí, ¿en qué puedo ayudarte?
Dime, ¿en qué puedo ayudarte?

¿Es posible que hablemos ahora?
Este no es el momento para hablar, lo haremos más tarde.  Lo haremos más tarde.

With online grades and cell phones, my students frequently interrupt the middle of my class, my conversations with other teachers, and my prep time demanding an explanation of a grade, rather than thinking out if they were absent, on a field trip, or other early dismissal. 
Since I am always multi-tasking during class, it is a challenge to give that rude student the best version of myself when I am in the middle of accomplishing other tasks.
Last year, I realized that their constant screen checking meant more interruptions than ever.  This year, I taught them to lead in with the most important question, and it has been a game changer!

They quickly learn the song, and use the question appropriately.  What a relief!
I have also refined this to only showing me makeup work when I have my laptop open and am walking around checking homework! Yes, I have my laptop on a rolling cart, so that grades are revised during their pre-class while I check the homework for completion!
I definitely feel less stressed with these two changes and by having time in each class to respond to them, I have less emails from parents about when I will post their makeup grades.
During my 30 years in the classroom, I have seen many unintentional consequences to technology.  One is the expectation of instant gratification. I've had students take a makeup during class while I was instructing the whole period, and then come up to  me at the end of class and ask why their grade was still a zero!  It's time to teach social skills in the target language and in the classroom.  This song does it.  All net proceeds benefit three desperate Venezuelan families.  Thank you!

This video is streamed but you can download the video to insert into your classroom presentations because it is included in the support documents. Click here for free instructional video for inserting videos into PowerPoint and grouping them to transport to a different machine.

It also has a PDF with words. See the preview video explanation. One part has slightly blurry words as I shrunk down the jpegs. If that will make you mark down this video, because of the extra little sheet I added, then please pass on this product. I put in the worksheet as a bonus and I am not great at them. Thanks for understanding.

While most of my Spanish videos are for transitions, some are for connecting to students with topics of high interest. We always are balancing staying in the target language and engaging them with high-interest topics beyond the typical curriculum's requirements.

I’ve noticed that music creates a super-path to long term memory and I hope the students remember these expressions and set the table at home using Spanish and impressing their relatives!

♥ ♥ ♥ This video is barely 40 seconds long and is intended to give the students are chance to develop good social skills that will help them with future teachers and job.

♥ ♥ ♥ It is sung by a native speaker who is a professional musician.

♥ ♥ ♥ Play and students will soon be imitating the words in beautiful Spanish.

 ¿Es posible que hablemos?
 PDF of lyrics.

♥ ♥ ♥ Thank you for respecting this, a percentage goes to helping some fairly desperate people in Venezuela. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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