Annabelle Allen

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“La Bicicleta” was by far my students’ favorite song this year. Most of them went home and downloaded it from iTunes after the first day of teaching it. They sing it in the hallways all the time! I have included some of my favorite resources I used
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This is my first "song of the month" for this school year! We have had so much fun with it so far! I already have had kids go home and find other songs of his and come back and share them with me! Lots of the 8th graders have crushes on him. It's
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The Chupacabra is a spooky and incredibly engaging legend which originated in Puerto Rico. These lessons were written for a comprehensible input classroom. You can easily make these materials last for 3 class periods if not more. After I taught
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I can’t help dancing when I hear “La Gozadera”. My students are obsessed with anything Marc Anthony sings so I knew this would be a hit. They loved the unique sound of Gente de Zona too. The music video is really really fun. Always preview it and
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I created this presentation to preview the vocabulary to Señor Wooly's "Las excusas" song. It is my all time favorite of his songs! I subscribe to www.señorwooly.com and my students love all of his content. To stretch his songs and materials, I like
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Two compelling and creepy legends! In this BUNDLE I have combined the lesson plans I wrote for the Chupacabra, and those for the Loup Garou into one big unit, and I have included extra lessons. Perfect, compelling comprehensible input for your
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I created this presentation to preview the vocabulary to Señor Wooly's "¡Es una ganga!" song. I subscribe to www.señorwooly.com and my students love all of his content. To stretch his songs and materials, I like to make personalized presentations or
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“Limón y Sal” holds a special place in my heart. When I lived in Spain when I was seventeen, I discovered Julieta Venegas because her music videos played on repeat for months in the little internet café I used to connect with home. “Limón y Sal” was
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I love teaching myths and legends. The Loup Garou unit came shortly after I did a unit on the Chupacabra. Students loved it and one of them brought up the Cajun legend of the Loup Garou or Rougarou and asked if I knew of this monster that haunts the
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This is a survey that I use in my class for the first week of school to get to know my students. The relationships I build with my students is the absolute most important part of my classroom and since I start early with PQA (Personalized Questions
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This is an example of the Chuleta I use in my classroom to guide each unit. It includes a detailed description of how it is used on the first page. Chuleta means porkchop in Spanish but it can also be used for "cheat sheet"in some Latin American
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I use a pictionary in my class to keep track of the out of bounds vocabulary that is essential to the stories we are creating in the classroom. This out of bounds vocabulary is outside of the core structures that I am teaching on any given day.
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I love doing dictations for my students at the end of a unit. They write the sentences as I say them and later they illustrate them for homework. There is a detailed description of how I use the story board in the download. Happy Teaching! Love, La
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Parent's Night can be daunting! The key to a successful introduction to your classroom is demonstrating the methodology and techniques you use with their children. This presentation can be edited (PPT). There are also step by step instructions on
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I recently did a Professional Development for my Faculty and Staff at school. Students had been advocating for themselves and asking to see Brain Breaks in other classes. I had to adapt what I normally present at conferences to make it more
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Currently teaching Middle School Spanish at St. Martin's Episcopal School in New Orleans, LA. 2015/16- Elementary Spanish- (2 years old - 5th Grade) - St. Martin's Episcopal, New Orleans, LA 2014/15- Elementary ENGLISH- (2 years old- 4th grade)- Disney English, Hangzhou, China 2012-2014- Middle School Spanish (6th-8th grade) Heritage Spanish and Spanish as a Second Language- Skinner Middle School- Denver Public Schools- Denver, CO 2011/12- Middle School and High School Spanish- Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO 2010/11- ELA Kindergarten Assistant- Denver Public Schools

MY TEACHING STYLE

Teaching with Comprehensible Input (TCI) is the teaching methodology and approach that I use in my classroom. I also use Organic World Language (OWL) strategies. I am constantly trying to revise my teaching practices to provide the best combination of methodologies to my students. I want my students to ACQUIRE the Spanish language rather than learn about it. There are many branches under the TCI umbrella including, TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling), Circling, PQA (Personalized Questions and answers), movie talk, and so much more. The most important thing that you should know about how my classroom works is that I am speaking in SPANISH 90% of the time. I am sheltering my language and limiting it to the Spanish I know that the students know and throughout the year this vocabulary will grow and develop and they will acquire the language naturally rather than memorize it and study its grammar. So often when I speak to adults they tell me that they took a language in high school or college, but “can’t speak a word”. That is VERY normal. Language teachers hear this ALL the time. Next they proceed to tell me that they are just not good at language. That is impossible. If you can learn one language you can learn them all. It is all about how you are taught. I failed Spanish all through school. I struggled and worked SO hard because I desperately wanted to be “good” and communicate. The problem was that I wasn’t being taught to communicate. I was being taught ABOUT Spanish. I was learning the grammar and conjugations, and all of the rules. I wasn’t acquiring the language for communication. My failure in Spanish is the reason I teach the way I do. EVERYONE can learn language.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2016- Learning Lab Teacher- International Forum on Foreign Language Teaching- Chattanooga, TN 2014- Mile High Teacher of the Year Nominee- Denver, CO 2014- Putting Students First - District Level Award- Denver, CO

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

2013- Masters of Education- Curriculum and Instruction- Endorsement in ELA- University of Denver 2011- Bachelors Degree- Spanish and Criminology- University of Denver 2007- Associate of Arts Degree- Colorado Mountain College

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I grew up in a small mountain town called Leadville, in Colorado. I am accustomed to altitudes of at least 10,000 feet, and ten months of snow is quite normal. Needless to say, I have been melting since I moved to Louisiana. I am a step mommy to a BEAUTIFUL little girl named Isla Rose and I have the world's most loving and supportive boyfriend, named Paul Williamson. I love travelling the world and finding adventures and I also LOVE eating, anything and everything!

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