The Patreon Site is LIVE! Read here to find out more…

Have you ever heard of Patreon? I hadn’t either until recently. It is really cool though! It is a membership site where you can easily sign up and become my “Patron.” You do NOT have to learn a new system or figure out a new app. You simply sign up with your email, decide on a membership level and enter your payment information. Then, you get a welcome email from me, a fun week of plans and materials as a “thank you” from me to get you started and YOU ARE IN!!

**(If you want to just buy the whole school year membership, you only need to email me at senorakspanish@gmail.com and I will get you pricing and sign you up to receive your subscription via email each month. Yes, there is a small discount for choosing the whole year!)**

Then, each month you are a member, you will continue to reap the benefits. There are three levels of membership: Starter, Pro and Premium. You can get resources I have created for language learning classrooms. They can be used for any level and easily leveled up or down. I have even included a short video about every single resource with an explanation of the resource and ways you could use it in your classroom. I will also be doing live planning/coaching sessions for these resources each month for those who choose the Pro or Premium membership.

As an added bonus, if you choose the whole year subscription up front, I will also give you a link to set up a private, 30-minute coaching session with me.

This Patreon platform allows me to send you Patreon messages and even livestream “watch me work” sessions where I show you how I create some resources and plan lessons live.

I know you are super busy, since teaching is just a LOT these days, so I really appreciate you reading this far and considering joining me on this journey. My only goal is truly to create some things that make your life easier!

Hope to see you all over on Patreon!

Happy Teaching!

Alana

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An Easy Way to Use Authentic Resources to Celebrate Culture

Happy Tuesday! I am super excited to share this with everyone! I am not sure about your teaching context, but it seems lately I am being encouraged to use more “authentic resources.” Now, I won’t get into a big pedagogical debate here (I do have thoughts about this for novice learners), but I work in a district that really pushes the use of almost exclusively authentic resources. So, I needed to work on some way to deliver authentic material, yet still offer opportunities for scaffolding. I had been to some workshops that taught different strategies that I loved, and I use the Stepping Stones Curricular Framework, but I teach three levels, so I needed something I could easily level up or level down.

I knew there had to be a way to do this and still teach cultural materials. In the Stepping Stones Curricular Framework, these fit perfectly into Cycle 2! So, I started working on a series of materials using authentic resources. I am calling them Cultura Impactante (mainly because the title uses cognates–so, it might change….) The types of resources I have compiled so far include Gente impactante (Impactful People), Lugares impactantes(Impactful Places), Celebraciones impactantes (Impactful Celebrations), Historia impactante (Impactful History) and Jóvenes impactantes (Impactful Young People).

So, how does it work? Well, honestly, use it however you think would function best in your teaching context. I will, of course, talk about how I use these.

First, I Picture Talk a series of screenshots from a short video I have found. I teach Spanish, so I looked for videos in Spanish, but this same in any language.

Next, I show them the video (like a Movie Talk as discussed in Foundations, the book by Tina Hargaden). For lower levels, I use subtitles IN SPANISH to help them understand. I do try to play it once at a normal speed and then I play it again at a .75 speed. You can do this simply by using the cog on a Youtube video.

Then, I take the same pictures I used at the beginning and write some captions that use a writing level just above that of the students. I try to hit key vocabulary, if there is any.

Finally, we end with a Write and Discuss time together.

So, here is the first one:

I hope this is helpful to you! I would love to hear any feedback you might have about this series as well! I am a firm believer that two heads are always better than one, and I know there are amazing teachers who may read this and have some ideas about how we could polish it! Let me know in the comments!