A teacher wrote that on her new job, she has a class of “Spanish Two” students who range from being “Spanish One – month 3 to Spanish Two” and needs to have everyone ready for Spanish 3. (You can go to Q & A if you want to read her heart-tugging note)
Sigh, who hasn’t had that discouraging experience? Here is my advice:
I think the temptation is to review everything up front and try to get the kids caught up before going forward. It can be a mistake because the better ones are bored and the lower ones are overwhelmed – else they wouldn’t be behind.
I have a better idea. First start with my book so you know how to structure the SP 2 class with a Daily Tech Guide, “DTG”
Using a DTG format, craft your Sp2 classes. For a better explanation, go to http://minutebyminutespanish.com/restorative-summer-three-steps-for-90-target-language-in-the-new-school-year/
Within your lesson, you will be able to review for five minutes a day while introducing the new material that will be interesting to all. You will probably spend a month or two doing this but you will keep this review up all year.
I have made an example for you and hope to make more. Here is the format.
Day 1 – review greetings
Day 2 – review classroom items and colors and 2 slides from day 1
Day 3 – review numbers 1 – 31 and 2 different slides from day 1 and day 2
Day 4 – review dates and 2 different slides from days 1, 2, 3
Day 5 – review days of the week
Once all of Sp1 is reviewed, you will always have 5 minutes of review rotating in and out 2 slides from each review session so that it is always different. You can go through 40 slides in 5 minutes once they are trained. By the end of the year, they will be comfy with all of Spanish 1 and what you are teaching in Sp 2. Try my #1 review for the week and let me know how it goes.