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Category Archives: Spanish
Four Questions with Riana Good, by Molly Parr / August 12, 2012: Riana Good’s students are in for a treat this year. The Spanish teacher at the Boston Teacher’s Union School will incorporate into her lessons her summer experience studying AfroCuban dance in Cuba. I asked her about her travels, spending time with the island’s Jewish … Continue reading
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is rolling out new educator evaluation regulations. In the Hechinger Report, I explain the importance of using multiple measures of evaluation, and explain how effectively capture student growth in an elementary Spanish classroom. http://hechingerreport.org/content/multiple-measures-matter-for-teachers-too_8662/
I recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop on OLA- a kinesthetic approach to learning a language, led by Darcy Rogers at Boston Arts Academy. I am incorporating some of what we learned into Spanish classes at the BTU School. See photos and learn more here.
Scholars in the Heritage Speakers class are taking action. We recently learned about Arizona House Bill 2281, signed into law May 11 2010, outlawing “Ethnic Studies”, which includes the teaching of Latin@ Heritage. Here are excerpts from some of the letters that we sent in response: “To the students of Tuscon: I am in solidarity … Continue reading
Heritage Spanish-speakers have been discussing what makes them proud to be latin@ and what misconceptions the world has about latin@s. They just launched these websites to start the process of informing the world of who they are. Seventh graders: http://somos-latinos.wikispaces.com/ Eighth graders: http://somoslatinos.wikispaces.com/ Check back for content as the websites develop. We welcome your feedback!
Spanish Class by Ms. Riana Good In the Lower School, we have been reading, singing, and talking about our unique and wonderful selves including our physical characteristics, personalities, and activity preferences. What activities does an artistic person like to do? What activities does an athletic person like to do? Books have included La alegría de … Continue reading
In the Lower School, we have been sorting animals by size, mode of transport, and where they live. After focusing on farm animals with the song “Juancho Pancho Tiene un Rancho”, sung to the tune of “Old MacDonald”, we talked about and drew our pets (and dream pets!). Ask your K2 – 3rd grade scholar … Continue reading