Zaida and Arianne have been high school Spanish teachers for a combination of over 40 years! We have experience teaching levels 1-5 but the majority of our materials are focused on levels 3-5 or intermediate learners.
We search to create lessons that ignite student interest with compelling and comprehensible input that highlight cultural connections. We strive to hit multiple AP Themes in our lessons as well as backward plan so that assessment comes natural to the students at the end of the unit. All assessments are modeled from AP and AAPPL tasks.
Arianne has presented at several conferences such as ACTFL, iFLT, FLENJ, NECTFL and MAFLA. In fact her session at FLENJ 2017 titled, "10 Reasons I LOVE to Teach with TPRS Novels" was voted best of FLENJ. In November 2019, Arianne presented 2 sessions at ACTFL! Arianne will be presenting a session at ACTFL 2020 about environmental consciousness. See more about her presentations and work on her blog: https://discoveringci.wordpress.com/ Arianne was also invited to be the guest blogger at iFLT17, iFLT 18 and again at iFLT19! See her posts here: https://discoveringci.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/are-you-suffering-from-iflt17-fomo/ Arianne is a mentor teacher for FLENJ and ACTFL where she is happy to share her passion for world language teaching! In 2018-19 school year, Arianne won TOY at her high school!
Arianne loves to learn! She has a BA in Spanish literature and Psychology with a minor in International Studies. Soon after graduating she went back to obtain her MA in Spanish literature and MAT in Italian. She has spent a semester in Sevilla, Spain, a summer in Guadalajara, Mexico and a summer in Urbino, Italy. Her passion is to travel to Spanish-speaking countries with her three boys and her husband where she finds inspiration for creating new lessons to share on her blog. https://discoveringci.wordpress.com/ Zaida has a BA in Spanish literature. Her family is from El Salvador. Arianne and Zaida continue to learn and grow through their Professional Learning Network and professional development opportunities.
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