Spanish del Alma

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Spanish del Alma
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"Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere, yet I encourage travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure." -Dr. Maya Angelou
 
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In this lesson (which includes a link to an editable Google Doc) students will watch an interview with Cuban-American designer Narciso Rodríguez in which he talks about his life and some of the challenges he has overcome (including his immigrant
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This Webquest (WITH LINKS FOR THE WEBQUEST AND EDITABLE GOOGLE DOC INCLUDED - PERFECT FOR GOOGLE CLASSROOM IF YOU USE) takes students to five different Mexico City restaurants close to El Bosque de Chapultepec, where they will answer a variety of
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This is a lesson on Antonio Machado's poem Recuerdo Infantil, which is read by a student in the 1999 Spanish Civil War movie Butterfly (La lengua de las mariposas). I like teaching it along with the movie and a unit on the civil war (including
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This lesson was inspired by a BBC article on Mexican Ixchel Anaya, who came up with the idea for Ecopipo resusable diapers when she had her first child at 22. The company is now worth millions of dollars, and it helps keep tons of trash that would
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This is a complete study guide I created for my Spanish 1 students before their Chapter 5 test (we were using the Exprésate 1 textbook, though this would work as a practice sheet for most Spanish 1 classes that have learned the topics below). There
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Students speak in pairs to respond to one another with ¡Lógico! (if what the other student says makes sense) or ¡Ilógico! (If what the other student says doesn’t make sense). Originally created for ¡Qué Chévere! Spanish 1, Unit 6, Vocab A (En la
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In this editable lesson (Google Docs link provided), which is simple enough for Spanish 1 to follow but could also be used for upper level classes reviewing Martí and Cuba, students answer a series of questions about Cuba while watching several
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Originally created to complement Lesson 4 of the Imagina textbook, this advanced practice of preterite and imperfect includes irregular preterite forms as well as stem-changing verbs (including those with a "y" stem change). The worksheet could be
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In this activity students work in pairs to practice speaking and understanding Spanish from Exprésate 1 Chapter 3. One student reads the sentence on her paper (#1) and the other student responds either "Lógico" or "Ilógico" depending on if the
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Students practice the conjugations of tener and venir (as well as the idiomatic expressions using tener) in partners in a fun Battleship game format (students must correctly conjugate the verb(s) with a specific pronoun in order to find out
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This full-class lesson (with link to editable Google Doc included) centers on Coca-Cola Spain's moving 2009 commercial in which Josep Mascaró, 102 years old, goes to visit and give advice to Aitana Martínez, just born. The lesson includes pre and
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In this lesson, students will learn about Mexican chemist Mario Molina, who won the Nobel Prize in 1995 (and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the U.S.!) for his work showing the harmful effects of CFCs on the ozone. They will first watch a short
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This is an interactive activity for students to practice their tú commands in partners. They play tic tac toe and try to be the first to get three in a row by getting the correct answers (partners have different papers). Students always have fun
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This warm-up (7-25 minutes, depending on if you have students just watch the interview clip and fill in the missing words or watch, answer the five questions on the back, and discuss) has students watch the first minute and a half of Puerto Rican
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In this mini-project (20 point rubric for assessment included), which is appropriate for any level Spanish class (end of year Spanish 1 all the way up through AP), students first watch a short video featuring Cuban American actress Gina Torres from
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In this lesson (¡Sé como Selena y no tengas miedo de hacer errores!) students watch a short clip of Selena's 1994 interview on El Show de Cristina. Developed mostly because of Selena's Spanish error on the show (she says "diez y cuatro" instead of
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February 2nd is the birthday of BOTH Gerard Piqué and his significant other, Shakira. In this Webquest, designed for a Spanish 1 or 2 class (challenging) or a higher level class (easier), students watch a series of short YouTube videos in order to
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This lesson surrounding Mexican singer Joan Sebastian's song Celia, about his late mother, would work well for any class reviewing the imperfect and thinking about the importance of childhood dreams (Sebastian's mother always told him a story that
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A 10 question fill-in-the-blank quiz that I gave to my AP Spanish class on subjunctive with doubt and denial (and indicative with certainty). Includes a few irregulars, stem-changers, and spelling changes. Could be used as a quiz or a short review,
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A basic quiz/practice with eight completions (including one with ir + a + infinitive and one with tener que + infinitive) and open-ended question, this was originally created to go along with Unit 6 of ¡Qué Chévere! 1 (and thus includes some house
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a high school English and Spanish teacher for more than fifteen years at two different academic magnet schools. For several years, I also helped coordinate our gifted program. I have taught every level of Spanish, from Introductory to AP.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Communication based, Diversified, Project-Based, Culturally-infused

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Ward Mathis Prize, Princeton University PASE Spanish Teacher of the Year, 2013 Guideposts Rye Workshop Winner, 2001 Multiple Guideposts Refresher Workshops 2002-present Multiple Student Winners, National Spanish Exam (Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Winners + Junior Travel Award and Senior Scholarship Award) DEEP Teacher Coaching Program for Exemplary Teachers, 2015-present

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A, Princeton University, 1999 (Comparative Literature) Masters in Education, University of Pennsylvania, 2002

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

After college I did a year volunteer program in Wilmington, Delaware with FVM (Franciscan Volunteer Ministry) and taught ESL to Spanish-speaking immigrants (and GED skills to women in prison). That experience still informs my work, as I try to reach ALL students while keeping academic standards high!

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