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Sherry Amorocho
Cincinnati, OH
Spanish teacher & technology enthusiast.
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It's been a long time since I've been able to read your blog or play with mixed media. I missed it so much! Thanks for all the great content. Looking forward to catching up & creating again!
As I prepared and brainstormed review activities to use with my Spanish 4 students, I ran across a big flyer from the Colombian supermarket Cafam filled with food and toiletry items. I have a few ideas on how to use the food items in this flyer, and I wanted to share a Flickr album with you. I'm sure many of you will be able to use the photos as you review food. The photos include an image and the vocabulary word paired with a price. Please stop by and tell me what you did/plan to do with the images. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at More Spanish
One of the units we covered in Spanish 4 this year was Human Rights. I found a wealth of authentic resources at a Mexican web site geared specifically for students. There was more there than I could use in class. I especially loved the public service announcements that explained each... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Kiosco
¡Próspero Año Nuevo a todos! I hope this year is great for you personally & profesionally. 2013 brought me a new class. I have been teaching Spanish IV since August and LOVE it! It's wonderful to see my Spanish III students grow, and each day make steps towards proficiency in Spanish. The only downside to the new prep is that most of my time since August has been devoted to finding interesting resources, and then creating material for those resources to use in class, and sadly this blog has been neglected because of my workload. I hope to start sharing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at More Spanish
This summer I’ve made a point of seeing several movies made by Spanish speaking directors. I find it very enjoyable to keep up with my language skills by doing this because I love movies. Here are five of my favorite movies so far. Blancanieves won many awards, and is one of the most creative retelling of a fairy tale I have ever seen. This 2012 film is Snow White as a bullfighter in Seville in the 1920s. Yes, you read that right! The Cincinnati Film Society screened this art movie at the Cincinnati Art Academy in June. The black and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at More Spanish
I ran across William Glasser’s quote on how students learn, and I thought I would use it in class this year. I think it will be helpful in explaining active vs. passive learning. I also wanted to expose my intermediate students to some critical thinking verbs in Spanish, so I included a few. Thanks to SuzyQ Scraps for the digital papers and alphabet and to Universidad de Colima for the list of verbs. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at More Spanish
We are back from an amazing trip to Costa Rica with EF Tours. Although I thought the previous trip was good, this was, hands down, my best student trip to date. (You can read about my previous trip in 2009 here.) The students we took were respectful of the Tico culture, enthusiastic and well behaved. A couple of women who worked in a hotel in La Fortuna told me they were the best behaved group they had ever seen & wished all groups were like them. That is pretty high praise! Unfortunately, I know what they might be used to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at More Spanish
I am in the process of earning a few graduate credit hours, and I would like to share some very interesting online courses available. This spring I took two classes through the Powerful Learning Practice Network . The first course was Blogging 101 and the second was Creative 21st Century Lesson Plans. Both classes were two weeks long, and each was worth one graduate credit hour. I found the content to be relevant and the workload fair. What I like most about these classes is that I was able to design lessons that I could use immediately. On a later... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at More Spanish
Hi Kate-- Sorry about the link not working. Here is what I am currently using:
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2013 on Vocabulary practice at More Spanish
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I love memes in Spanish as a warm up! I have my students send me or post the link to their Spanish board view that way.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2013 on Pinterest for Spanish class at More Spanish
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My pleasure. Thank you for all the wonderful resources!
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2013 on Pinterest for Spanish class at More Spanish
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One of my favorite tools this school year has been Pinterest. I’d like to share how I have been using it in Spanish class on this Five for Friday post. 1. To gather authentic resources to use in class. Several sites pin their content and I can quickly re-pin items that I plan on using in class into my Spanish Class Resource folder. One of my favorite humor sites in the target language is Risas sin mas. Another great authentic resource is Infografía en castellano. 2. To gather authentic images for class. Pinterest is filled with beautiful photography. Recently I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at More Spanish
Lovebots art by Ziggle Designs It has been such a long time... I have been a very bad blogger. I'd like to change that, but I can't make any promises. I just put together this little St Valentine Day activity for my Spanish 3 students & thought I'd share with anyone who doesn't have a thematic lesson plan for tomorrow (yikes! I do work best under pressure). I pulled images from a Google seach with "amor y amistad" & put together this quick presentation. I will have my students identify the affirmative & negative commands in the cards & answer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at More Spanish
I have 5 sections of Sp 3, so what I do is randomly rotate what class I spot check for comments. I have my students edit & peer edit before the posting, but unfortunately they don't catch all of their mistakes & typos. I'm ok with this for this specific project... kind of like I am ok with students speaking and communicating, even if the grammar is not perfect. I use a standard rubric & switch out the grammar points I focus on from one post to the other. I'll try to send it to you via the address you left in the comments. Let me know if you don't get it. Thanks for reading!
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2013 on Student blogging in Spanish class at More Spanish
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I like it when the page "makes itself". There are times when I don't know where I am going with something & then the meaning clicks. Autopilot or subconscious art journalling :)
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2012 on Book Club: Journal It! at Balzer Designs
Photo Card View the entire collection of cards. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at Eight Passions
Thanks for the kind words! Sherry
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Photo taken in Bogotá, Colombia on International Skateboarding Day, 2011 One of my hobbies is photography so I am always looking for ways to use it in the classroom. If you have the opportunity to travel, photography is a great way to bring culture back to the classroom, but there are other ways to use photos in the classroom. Here are a few ideas: 1. Set up a scavenger hunt on Flickr or better yet have the students make one for each other. 2. Have students take photos of vocabulary for homework & then use it in class to review... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2012 at More Spanish
I read a reply to one of my blog posts, and was surprised to find out that I did not have the commentator's blog in my RSS feed. I was very sorry to see how much good information I missed last school year. I unfortunately can’t keep up with all the blogs relating to the teaching of foreign languages/world languages, so I would like to enlist your help. I have created a Google spreadsheet to share where language teachers can add their blog url and any other information about their blog. (If this resource is already out there, please leave... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at More Spanish
Great ideas Cynthia! Thanks so much for sharing. I will add your blog to my RSS feed as well. Sherry
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I am working on a series of blog posts for the summer called Five for Friday. Sorry this one is a little late. In addition to the digital ways that I assess oral work, I have several informal ways of checking my students’ speaking skills. I don’t want to stifle emerging communicative skills by taking off points for mistakes, so most of these checks are based on effort rather than accuracy. My grades are weighted, and these informal assessments will be listed under the “participation” category along with the formal assessments I talked about in the previous post. Participation seating... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at More Spanish
Well I was very excited to be the random winner for Dare #280, so I was inspired to turn Dare #281 over ASAP. Here it is: The dare for this week takes inspiration from the K-Tel Presents... albums. The dare includes a title with "Greatest Hits", 5 things on the list, 2 alphas or fonts & a blurb that explains the list. I used elements (record, alpha, & swirl paper) from Paula Kesselring's kit "Speech" and the notecard & striped paper are from One Little Bird's "Narrative" kit. The CD cover art belongs to my son's band's first EP. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at Eight Passions
Of course Cristin! I use the section in the movie where the mom is talking to her son before the party... starting with the frame that pans the bathroom bedrooms you hear the boy whispering... to the section where the boy in the mask shuts the bathroom door on her finger she runs out looking for her son. Lots of description of people, place, time weather with a lot of specific action that is over done with quickly for the preterit. Does this help you out? Sherry
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My students are constantly trying to convince me to see a movie in class. However, it’s rare that I show a full length film. My intermediate students don’t have the language skills to view a full 90 minute movie in Spanish, and many of the movies filmed in Spanish speaking countries have inappropriate language or scenes sprinkled here and there. I still try and incorporate authentic language via films, but I use short clip throughout the year with a variety of lesson plans. Here are five ideas to use in class. 1.Show a movie clip and have the students ask... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at More Spanish
I found the Digi Dares website via The Digi Show. The Digi Dares has weekly challenges that look very fun. It was just what I needed to get started after being in a bit of a rut. I look forward to future challenges. Here is my LO for challenge #280: It was dedicated to a dad, needed to have one photo, one heart, a letter and a chevron pattern. All papers and elements come from My Life in Print, an exclusive kit from The Daily Digi. The font is Tangie Baxter's. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Eight Passions