Freeze frame



20130905-211605.jpg. We had a great time trying out a trick i learned at Carol Gaab’s reader’s theater workshop NTPRS 13! It is called Freeze Frame. I think you could use it a lot of ways but I will tell you how I did it today.

In Spanish 1 we use Cuéntame más. We are working on the Muchacho Pastor story. We’ve been slowly building our story for two weeks, and today we tried a story twist. I gave them a variation of one of our class stories and broke them into groups of 5-6. Their job (rather than to illustrate it to show comprehension as I’ve done in the past) 6 lines of the story, posed their group, and I took pics w the iPad. Tonight I used their pics and the educreations app to create little movies that we can watch tomorrow and get more reps as they hear me narrate the story to their pics! Lots of fun!

In Spanish 4 we are reading “La Llorona de Mazatlán”. We finished chapter two and won’t get to chapter 3 until Monday. I divided the story into small sections and the class into groups of 2. They each posed for their part and then I created educreation movies so that on Monday we can catch back up with the main character, Laney!

Thanks to Carol for the great idea! The pics are adorable and the promised movies have them so excited for tomorrow!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

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