Taught reading in Spanish to Spanish speakers, grades 2-6 Taught introductory Spanish to 11th graders. I created all my own materials instead of using a textbook. Materials are for beginning level students who are in high school or older.
I strive to make Spanish a living language for my students, and not isolated words and phrases. As much as possible, we are an immersion Spanish classroom. I encourage my students to make educated guesses and use generalizations and conclusions to give Spanish it's shape, and rely very little on rote memorization and size of vocabulary as indicators of progress.
I was homeschooled K-12 by parents who had an innate understanding of how to give me ownership of my education. I attended community college and then transferred to a 4 year college where I got my degree in secondary education and English. After college I worked for 3 years in Tijuana, Mexico at a boy's home. There I ran the library, coordinated extra-curriculars and taught Spanish reading. Upon returning to the States I got my endorsement to teach Spanish, and spent two years teaching 11th grade Spanish and 12th grade English Lit in south side Chicago.
I learned Spanish through immersion while living in Mexico. While it is difficult to replicate this experience in the classroom, Spanish fluency has been a huge and unexpected benefit to me. While it is hard, I want to do what I can to change the way that new language acquisition approached. I want students who leave the classroom confident in their ability to continue learning Spanish in an authentic environment.