Sunday, September 13, 2015

Dual Language

I've always wanted to teach dual language , but I'd never imagined it was going to be so difficult.
There are many things I did not think about before accepting this job.
My teaching partner has made it easier because, after 4 years, she knows what really works.
I plan to blog about the little things I have learned in my new DL classroom.

I've always used a seating chart but never struggled so much to make it. In a DL classroom, you want to pair a Spanish Speaking kid with an only English Speaking kid. Well... when you don't have enough Spanish speaking kids the task is super difficult.

This is how we did it.
1.- Write your students' names on different color sticky flags. (the color depends on what their dominant language is)
2.- Think of possible bilingual pairs. Someone who is very shy would benefit from a more talkative partner. Match them as best as you can, you can always go back and change partners)
3.- Find the right place in the classroom for these bilingual pairs. You don't want a kid who struggles to focus close to the door or a window. You don't want best buddies close together and using only one English in the Spanish classroom.
4.- Keep playing and moving names until you are satisfied and really believe those partners will benefit from each other.

What do you think? what are some practices that make your job in a DL class easier and better for you and your students?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I found this game, I think the Spanish Immersion students could use it while practicing their skills.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

You can win an iPad Air

I use to have Running Record Calculator but it belonged to my district and when I move to a different school district I was lost without the calculator until I found this beauty: Von Bruno running record calculator.

It makes assessing students easier for you, the kids love recording their voices and you can share the records with parents, administrators and reading specialist.

You still have time to enter the raffle and win an iPad:

Monday, August 3, 2015

Why do you need and iPad Air?

Because as a teacher you can make wonders with it!
There are many apps you can use in the classroom, make sure you visit all iTeach blogs because my friends will be sharing their favorite apps and tech tips that will be very useful this school year.

One of my favorite apps is BrainPop and its extensions like BrainPOP Jr. There's something special about cartoons and Moby that make kids pay more attention. You can use the online test, and even have the students print them so you can take grades in case you need them.

Remember you can win an iPad Air with a cute case!

Enter the raffle here:

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Back to School Giveaway!

Are you ready to go back to school?
iTeach bloggers want to make this easier for you, we want you to win an iPad Air and other great goodies!!
You just have to click the link that is at the end of this post and enter the raffle.
Share with all your teacher friends and remember: El que comparte se lleva la mejor parte.. or something like that. :)

Enter the raffle here:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

TpT Sale

You don't want miss this sale, I know all my iTeach Bilingual friends will have tons of resources on sale.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Because you are a hero you deserve a sale.
Don't forget to visit TpT on Feb 25 and 26 to make some purchases.