Present Vocabulary with a twist!
1. Once we had gone over essential questions of the unit and objectives, I would incorporate needed vocabulary. I would pass out an example like the one below.
2. First, students would work independently. I would ask them to take about five minutes and read the words to themselves and place an X where they thought they fell within the first three categories.
3. Then, came the collaboration. After five minutes, I would have students work within their teams to collaborate. The groups would take turns reading the definition out loud and compare what they knew. Students were now learning from each other. This made students feel empowered that they already knew something in Spanish class before the teacher taught them.
4. The last part of this process was whole group. After students had the time to work independently, and then collaborate in groups, we went over as a class. We would repeat the definition together but then I would allow for student participation to share their answers. With this process I had more students engaged and willing to share their answers. By this time, students already had most of their Vocabulary list filled in and all they needed from me was to fill in the gaps!