10 Time Management Tips for Teachers

Ten Time Management Tips for Teachers

GueTop 10 Tips for Time Management for Teachersst blog post by Holly of Spanish Sundries

Learn Ten Time Management Tips for Teachers- I never realized how much time I spent on my teaching job until I didn’t have the time to spend anymore.  In December of 2012 my son was born and after a short maternity leave, I was thrown back into the world of teaching.  My job was the same, but my life was completely different.  I had to learn how to better manage my time, and I had to do it fast.

We may not all have kids, but we all have people in our lives that we want to spend time with, personal interests that we want to attend to, and places we want to see.  The more effectively we can get all that other stuff done, the more time we can save to add to our personal time bank accounts.  So, here are 10 things that I learned during my crash course in teacher time management:

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January 2016 INSPIRATION Teacher Giveaway!

La Profesora Frida is hoping to INSPIRE you with a GIVEAWAY!

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Inspiration for Foreign Language Teachers, Books to Encourage

Are you a world language teacher looking for a little inspiration?10BooksToInspireYourTeaching

Whether you are getting ready to head back to school or looking for a way to motivate you through the mid-year slump, you can definitely find some inspiration from this teacher-recommended list of books below.

I always say that the more we share, the more we can learn.  I posted an open question to an amazing group of Spanish teachers on Facebook and they had an outpouring of responses with plenty of books to help encourage you through the school year!

Please peruse this list of books for teachers and leave a comment below if you have been particularly touched or inspired in your teaching by a book you have read!

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Grin & Grab it Day! 3-22-2015, FREE SPANISH LESSONS today only! :D

Grin and Grab it Day 3-22-2015

Grin-and-GrabThis post is about Grin and Grab it Day 3-22-2015. Several sellers are participating, and we hope you find this to be a good opportunity. If you have read this blog before, you will know Grin and Grab it Day is when we make some usually priced Teachers Pay Teachers products free for the day. We do not all live in the same time zone, so just check and see if the items are free, and”grab” them if they are. Don’t wait! Of course, we so appreciate kind feedback if you like a product. This post will also point out some always free items, just in case you weren’t aware of them.

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La Profesora Frida’s TeachersPayTeachers gift code GIVEAWAY! Celebrating 1,000 followers on TpT!

I am feeling so blessed and so humbled to have reached 1,000 followers in my TeachersPayTeachers store.  I want to celebrate and give back to YOU, the people who keep me motivated to continue creating lessons to share with teachers around the world.

Please help me celebrate by entering to win one of 2 TpT gift codes!!  First prize is for a $25 TpT gift code and second prize is for a $10 TpT gift code.  🙂

This is going to be a FAST giveaway, lasting just 2 days!  You have today and tomorrow to enter!

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Valentine's Day in Spanish Class

Spanish Valentine’s Day Lessons!! El Dia de San Valentin, El Dia de los Enamorados!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!!

Come check out La Profesora Frida’s BIG Bundle of Valentine’s Day Activities for your Spanish classes!

There are a bunch of fun activities in this packet that you could use all week!  Choose one or two to supplement your lessons each day leading up to Valentine’s Day, or set up Dia de San Valentin stations and have students work through the activities at their own pace.

They’re not only fun for you to use with your students, but are also great to have on hand for your Fast Finishers during the month of February, and are perfect emergency sub plans because they are self contained lessons.

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Verb Conjugation Games for Spanish Classes

Spanish class: REVIEW Games for Verb Conjugation!

Picture this:

Your ENTIRE Spanish class ALL participating in a REVIEW of SPANISH VERB CONJGUATIONS and every single one of those kiddos having FUN!

Yup, totally possible!  Octopus On Guard is a super fun game that your students will actually ASK to play!

One of the BEST things about this game: NO prep! Just print and go!

The premise of the game is that the Octopus is guarding her treasure and students must “pop the bubbles” in the way!

–Students pair up and are armed with a marker (or highlighter or colored pencil, etc!).

–The teacher calls out conjugated verbs in English and the students race each other to find the correct conjugations in Spanish.

–When a student finds the correct conjugation, they “pop the bubble” by coloring it in.
(The student who found the correct bubble can then tell their partner where to find it so the partner can color it in too.)

–Whoever finds the correct conjugation first, earns a point.
(My students just keep a tally on the side of their papers.)

–The student with the most points at the end wins!
(What do they win??  Bragging rights, usually!  lol)

Another way to play this as a whole class is to use it as a “matamoscas” or “flyswatter” game!

The “little” Octopus on Guard! packet contains 1 game each for AR / ER / IR verbs in the PRESENT TENSE!  <– a great way to try out the games with your students

But you can also find Octopus on Guard with game boards for:

Spanish Present Tense, Imperfect, Preterit, Conditional and Future TENSES:

Spanish -AR verbs Octopus On Guard!
 
Spanish -ER verbs Octopus On Guard!
 
Spanish -IR verbs Octopus On Guard!

 

And I recently added a bunch of Octopus On Guard games that have pictures instead of words to review vocabulary, AND… (drumroll please) There is now an EDITABLE Octopus On Guard set so you can create games to match YOUR curriculum! Hurrah!

Verb Conjugation Games for Spanish Classes

“Octopus on Guard” is a great review game and motivator. This game can go quickly! It’s a great warm up activity or closer at the end of a lesson.

You can laminate these and use them over and over again throughout the year!

If you’d like it to last a little longer, consider photocopying double-sided and play “rounds.”

I hope you LOVE these games as much as my kiddos!

~La Profesora Frida

Spanish Class: Adding Pronunciation / Speaking Activities without interrupting your schedule.

I have seen a few teachers post that their New Year’s (Teaching) Resolutions include creating more opportunities to grade Pronunciation activities in their classrooms.

Creating Pronunciation grades can be tricky.  How often should one grade Pronunciation?  Obviously, we assess pronunciation all day, every day in our classes.  We model pronunciation and listen for mistakes and help our students modify as necessary. 

But our students need to understand the importance of correct pronunciation.  After all, “Yo tengo hambre” is NOT the same thing as saying “Yo tengo hombre…”  😉 

And if your students have seen Will Ferrell’s cute Tweet floating around on Facebook, they may have finally learned that accents DO matter and there is a rather important difference between años and anos….and papá and papa…

 The problem I ran into in the past with Pronunciation grades was that it always took a 1/2 class period to a whole period to get through all students.  And what do the other students do while each student comes up to my desk to recite their Pronunciation assignment??

Well, I think I’ve solved the problem.  🙂

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spanish-Year-Long-Weekly-Pronunciation-Speaking-Activities-859303
 
Communication in the target language is always the goal for a foreign language student. Sometimes our students need a bit of motivation to speak in the target language and help feeling comfortable speaking in front of others.

This packet was created to help provide a tool to guide your students in pronunciation activities every week throughout the school year. You will be able to assess your students’ pronunciation on a WEEKLY basis and MONITOR their progress throughout the school year!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spanish-Year-Long-Weekly-Pronunciation-Speaking-Activities-859303Missed out on doing Pronunciation activities during the first semester?  No problem.  Read through the activities, decide where your Spanish 1 students are and just start there.

 TRACKING SHEET, RUBRIC and ORAL PROGRESS REPORTS are included to help you stay organized and help to provide your students visual guidelines and feedback.         

                                                                     
48 WEEKS of a weekly pronunciation assignment have been provided as well as blank frames so you can add anything you like.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spanish-Year-Long-Weekly-Pronunciation-Speaking-Activities-859303
 
 The BEST ADVICE I have heard for using my packet is a genius idea from another teacher–
 
She assigns one Pronunciation activity a week and has her students call her work phone and leave voicemail messages reciting their assignment!  That way she doesn’t have to take away from classroom teaching!  Genius!  I think this is amazing advice.  If you choose to do your Pronunciation assignments this way, you can do the grading in a more relaxed manner and at your leisure.
 
 
What are YOUR ideas and advice for Pronunciation grading in your Foreign Language class?  Please leave a comment below and share your ideas with us!
 
~
La Profesora Frida


 


Welcome to my World!

Hello, Hola, Hallo!!

Hello! I’m an American teacher.
wait, let me start over.

Hola! I’m an American Spanish teacher!
hang on…

Hallo! I’m an American Spanish teacher living in Holland!

What the heck?? Yup.
I taught in a “regular” classroom for 7 years. And I took courses to learn to be an online teacher, and I taught online Spanish classes in my “spare time” (what spare time?) for 2 years. And then….

Well, let’s go back a few years.
When I was in my 2nd year of college, one of my Spanish profs gave a lecture about El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. This is a holy pilgrimage across the entire width of Spain (800kms, 500miles) that can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 7 weeks (depending on how fast you can walk, or want to walk).

My prof had a PowerPoint presentation to go along with his talk, and I was in awe.
Complete and utter “THIS is what I SHOULD be doing with my LIFE” kind of awe.
It called to me.
I knew I needed to do it.
And I thought about it. A lot. And I talked about doing it. A lot.
And the years went by.

And finally, a girlfriend of mine said, “DO IT! Stop talking about it, pick a date and DO IT!”
And so I did.

I started in St. Jean Pied du Port in France, at the foothills of the Pyrenees.
I crossed mountains, forests, valleys, fields, deserts, rocks, rivers….
Personal mental battles mostly.
And in 5 weeks I arrived in Santiago a smelly, dirty, sore, bruised, exhausted and extremely happy pilgrim.

Did I mention I accidentally fell in love along the way?
The 2nd most amazing thing I’ve ever done in my life. 😉

He’s a tall, dark & handsome Spaniard to boot! Lucky duck, I know!
This tall, dark & handsome Spaniard (who speaks 6 languages and is an amazing cook! Like I said, lucky duck!) just happens to live in Holland!

What’s a girl to do??
MOVE TO HOLLAND of course! 🙂

So. Here I am. Teaching Spanish online while I adjust to a totally different culture and learn another language (yippeeeee! I<3 languages, I’m a total linguistic geek!)!

So that’s me!
What about YOU??

(p.s. I don’t want to fail to mention that El Camino de Santiago de Compostela can take much more time than I took. I met a couple who walked out their front doors in Holland and just kept walking. They had already been walking for 2 months when I met them and they still had a month to go! I also met a man who started at the Vatican, had already made it to Santiago and was walking BACK to the Vatican. Hmm…. Someday? Time will tell!)