Isla de Pascua, Chile – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Isla de Pascua

La Isla de Pascua en Chile

Evelyn Silva

En nuestra serie, Las maravillas naturales de América Latina, visitamos el desierto de sal de Uyuni en Bolivia y vistamos el glaciar Perito Moreno en Santa Cruz, Argentina.  Este mes los llevaremos a visitar otros lugares que impresionan a los viajeros por su belleza natural. Hoy visitaremos la isla de Pascua, ubicada en el extremo sur del continente  en el océano Pacífico. La isla de Pascua es la isla más grande que compone el grupo de la Polinesia pero pertenece al territorio continental de Chile.  A pesar de poseer una belleza natural incuestionable, la isla de Pascua es uno de los destinos turísticos favoritos del mundo entero debido al misterio y la permanente incógnita que envuelven a un grupo de estatuas gigantescas localizadas en el Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, declarado patrimonio de la humanidad por la Unesco en 1995.

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Summer Recharge – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Who's ready for summer?


Anne Silva

The summer before I started 5th grade, I received a postcard in the mail. It was from Australia, and it was addressed to ME. Just a lowly ten-year-old, I was receiving correspondence from AUSTRALIA! I must be a pretty important person, I reasoned, if I could get mail from overseas! 

The postcard was from my soon-to-be social studies teacher, and I later learned that it was his tradition to send postcards to his incoming students from wherever he was traveling that summer.

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You Are Inspiring – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Teacher's Help People Bloom


Anne Silva

In the last post, I talked about the teacher who inspired me, and I asked you about the teachers who inspired you. (Check it out here.) Did that get you strolling down memory lane?

When you need a little pep talk about why you chose this line of work (in May, don’t we all need one of these pretty much daily?!), take a minute to reflect on those teachers and those figures in your life, and draw some strength from them.

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Our Inspiration – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Girl Teacher


Anne Silva

“Teachers touch the future,” they tell us. “Teachers shape students’ lives,” they say.

But when you’re in the trenches, knee deep in bureaucracy, unrealistic expectations and hostility from parents and students alike, well, that can seem like a total pie-in-the-sky statement, can’t it?

But bear with me for a second. Think of the teacher who influenced you the most. I’d bet you don’t have a hard time thinking of one, do you? Maybe even more than one? Did you have a teacher who influenced you to pursue teaching somehow?

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Teacher Appreciation Day Wish List – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Anne Silva

First of all, HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY/WEEK/MONTH! Here in this community, we are teachers, so who better to know how amazing our fellow educators are? We wish that teachers were appreciated by the whole community EVERY. DAY. OF. THE. YEAR. Because truly, you dedicate your whole life, 365 days a year, to BEING a teacher. It’s not just a job; it’s a lifestyle.

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Today is a good day to celebrate children! – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Dia del niño

Anne Silva

When I was little, right around this time of year, with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, I remember asking my parents rather indignantly, “but when is CHILDREN’S Day?!?!”

EVERY day is Children’s Day,” they would reply wearily. (Mom and Dad, you were right!)

I didn’t know it when I was little, but countries around the world DO celebrate “Children’s Day” at various points throughout the year. Officially, the UN has recognized Universal Children’s Day as November 20. But this time of year, several Spanish-speaking countries, as well as the US, celebrate their own version:

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The case for reading “real” books – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Leer


Anne Silva

I've been a book nerd my whole life. I used to pretend to be asleep when my mom would check in on me, fingers holding my place in the book under the covers. I would take a dozen books with me on even the shortest vacations because What if I Finish Them All?!?! A fate worse than death, of course! In high school I considered A Tale of Two Cities one of my favorite books of all time, and blazed through The Grapes of Wrath in a single weekend. I even used to read for fun in Spanish and Portuguese.

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Front-loading the Fourth Quarter – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Anne Silva

As a rookie teacher, I had the INCREDIBLE good fortune to have a simply amazing principal take me under her wing and mentor me for my first few years of teaching. She was fantastic in so many ways, but that’s material for a whole ‘nother post. (Yeah, that’s right, I used the word ‘nother. You know you’re jealous.)

One of the lessons that she taught me was to “always front-load the fourth quarter.” I’m afraid I may have learned this the hard way my first year, but with my principal’s help, I survived that train wreck and turned things around the next year.

So what is this “front-loading” all about? Wellll…. you know how each quarter of the school year technically has the same number of weeks? And you know how, according to the laws of quantum physics or Quantum Leap or Neil deGrasse Tyson or someone like that, every week has 7 days and every day has 24 hours?

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