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"Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different."

- Stephen King

Aug 30 The First Day - Free Resources for Spanish Teachers

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Christine Mosso

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

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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
  • Games
  • 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!


Aug 24 Extra Credit: Aromatherapy - Free Resources for Spanish Teachers

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Create Your Own Aromatherapy Candles

Andrea Roberson

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. 

Aug 23 Hispanic Student Enrollments Reach New Highs in 2011 - Free Resources for Spanish Teachers

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Now Largest Minority Group on Four-Year College Campuses

Hispanic Student Enrollments Reach New Highs in 2011

By Richard Fry and Mark Hugo Lopez / Released August 20, 2012 / Pew Research Center


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.

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"Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different."

- Stephen King

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