Thursday, May 17, 2012

Speaking in Tongues Linky Party!

   Candis at I Teach Dual Language has an interesting Linky Party going on and I am honored to be part of it. Actually this will be my first Linky Party so wish me luck on getting it right.

I am a self contained 50/50 dual language teacher. You can take a peak at my classroom schedule in a previous post but in reality it goes a little something like this...

7:45-8:15- Morning Welcome
   Good morning song (both languages), The Number Rock (English) Cancion de las Silabas (Spanish) and then it's followed by a morning message which alternates in language everyday.

8:15 - 8:45-Shared Reading (Poems)
   Three days Spanish/Two days English and then the following week alternates. This is a time I also use to introduce new vocabulary using a cognitive content dictionary.

8:45 - 9:30- Spanish Guided Reading
    I try to see two groups a day. When we have a paraprofessional in the classroom we get to see up to four groups a day.

9:50-10:10-Read Aloud
  Mini Lesson w/Note taking if it's a new Focus Skill, or my students will do a double entry journal demonstrating the new skill. This also alternates by day.

10:10 - 11:00-Writers Workshop
   I focus on one language a month. We may start with small moments in Spanish but by next month the students are writing them in English.

11:00 - 11:45 Lunch

11:50-12:30-English Guided Reading
   Again I try to see two groups in English.

  Whole group math lesson, guided work and then independent work.These lessons are also done three days Spanish and two days English. We also do a lot of math journals where students have to write about the math strategy they used to solve the word problem.

1:15-2:00-Science or Social Studies
   This year my grade partners and I decided to teach Social Studies the first semester and Science the second, but on a weekly basis we alternate the language. This would involve a read aloud and journal writing. If my read aloud in the morning was in English I try to make this one Spanish. And if this month the students are writing in Spanish I try to have them write in English in their Science or Social Studies journals.

2:09- Dismissal

Are you willing to share how you teach in your Dual Language classroom? Link up with Candis @ I Teach Dual Language for a chance to win a DVD of Speaking in Tongues (a documentary on Dual Language Education)!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Most Fascinating Blog of 2012

Wow! My blog was nominated and voting begins today. Please click on the link below and vote for my blog if it has inspired you in some way.
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Einstein Pattern

Okay,  I finally learned how to scan, upload and combine 5 files into one. So for all of you who have been asking me for the science guy it is.
Available for free on my TPT.
Have fun creating many mad scientist opportunities, and if there is anything else I can help with please feel free to email me and I'll get right on it.