The first day of school can be kind of a strange day. Depending on the schedule of events, you may not really have a full class period with your students. Often teachers use this day to set the ground rules for the class, pass out books, and start to put names and faces together. There are other teachers who start with great guns and students walk out of the classroom with a substantial homework assignment, even if it is just writing about What I Did on My Summer Vacation. I’m not about to say that either of these scenarios are bad or wrong, but what I suggest is give your students something to take home and show off from their first day of school. In the midst of the bureaucratic things you need to do that first day, be sure your students—and I specifically mean those first-year students—walk out speaking more Spanish than they could when they walked in.
Aug 28 Training Session #1: 8 Steps to a Productive Summer (Step 8) - Free Resources for Spanish Teachers
A BIG thank you to all who participated in our Professional Development Summer Series! We hope you learned a lot, gathered some fresh, new ideas for your classroom, & of course, had some fun along the way! We did all the work for Step 8 & created a collection of Steps 1-7 for your reference. Enjoy!
As we bring this series to a close, we would love to provide our much beloved Spanish teachers with the Santillana USA Digital Toolkit to better prepare you for the new school year! This toolkit provides examples from both Santillana USA & Spanish teachers of topics & activities such as:
- Writing Prompts
- Electronic Resources
- Songs for the Spanish Classroom
- Cultural Images
- Reading Selections
- Bell Work Activities
So if you ever find yourself stuck in a rut this school year, access your Santillana USA Digital Toolkit for some inspiration & new ideas! Enjoy and happy new school year!
Create Your Own Aromatherapy Candles
During this busy back to school season, take some time to unwind and relax. Here’s a hobby that will benefit you year round. I’m talking about creating your own aromatherapy candles using dried fruits and herbs.
Now Largest Minority Group on Four-Year College Campuses
Hispanic Student Enrollments Reach New Highs in 2011
The nation’s Hispanic 1student population reached a number of milestones in 2011, according to an analysis of newly available U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.
For the first time, the number of 18- to 24-year-old Hispanics enrolled in college exceeded 2 million and reached a record 16.5% share of all college enrollments. 2 Hispanics are the largest minority group on the nation’s college campuses, a milestone first achieved last year (Fry, 2011). But as their growth among all college-age students continues to outpace other groups, Hispanics are now, for the first time, the largest minority group among the nation’s four-year college and university students. And for the first time, Hispanics made up one-quarter (25.2%) of 18- to 24-year-old students enrolled in two-year colleges.
Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.
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