How Do You Handle the End of the Year? Resources for your Spanish Classroom
We’re almost there. We’re in the home stretch. Your kids are dreaming of summer not school. But you’re not finished teaching what you need to teach. What can you do to keep your students plugging along and staying plugged in? I don’t have any magic bullet, but here are a few ideas.
- Take a good look at what you are planning to teach. Find ways to incorporate more games, perhaps some projects, or other “fun” activities that will still work with your program. Kids know a blow-off activity, so be sure that there is a purpose that fits with your curriculum. My students did projects about Puerto Rico, mostly focusing on culture. They researched their topic and presented the information to the class with visuals. They enjoyed doing the research-so many of them wanted to visit Puerto Rico after they learned more about it. They also used the grammar and vocabulary we were working with. And I got some wonderful decorations for my classroom. I still have a really wonderful carnival mask a student made fifteen years ago. If you can get a guest speaker, that can be a way to engage the kids, too.
- Take any of the spring holidays, fairs, and celebrations throughout the Spanish-speaking world, and there are plenty to choose from, and have your own version in the class. Have your students plan and prepare the celebration. Students can create posters, invitations, or dialogues blending the celebration with the vocabulary and structures with which they are working.
- Sometimes it’s just better to give everyone a break for a day. This doesn’t mean something completely random. You don’t have to turn into Captain Video. Just find something that is less ‘class-y’. It may be just what the kids and you need to take a breather before forging onward.
Whatever you decide to do, try to balance what you think needs to be done/covered and the state of your students. These final weeks can be productive and fun. Finish your year on a high note, and your returning students will enter your class next year enthusiastically and less anxiously. We’d love to hear your ideas and your strategies.
How do you handle the end of the year? In the meantime, enjoy your last weeks. Happy Spring!!
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