We are finishing up the novel Felipe Alou by Carol Gaab in Spanish 2. It has been a great novel study but I’m always looking for ways to change up how we read!
Yesterday, since Ch 10 is an easy solo read, I had students individually read the chapter and create a 6 question comprehension quiz (in Spanish) about it.
After the quizzes were all created, I turned on some music and we got moving! I call it the “around the world” quiz.
Each time the music played, students would move to the next seat and answer the next question on the quiz. When the music stopped, they stood and rotated to the next spot in order to answer the next question!
It was fun to see them answering each other’s questions and at the end, they got to see how well their classmates did on the quiz they created!
Its no secret, I’m in a new school this year… and I miss my former students and coworkers so much… but the technology vacuum no longer exists for me. It was such a fun yet frightening start to the year! How was I (the one with no WiFi and no devices) going to adapt quickly and seamlessly to a school with smart-boards, 1:1 iPads… and my husband who is one of the two directors of tech even set me up with dual monitors on my computer so I could use both the PC and the smart board… Um… what?
My first thought was this smart board. I wanted it to be in use, every day… even when we weren’t directly using it. So I started theme by meme. First order of business, secretly teaching Spanish 1 the days of the week… I put up a new meme every day… EVERY DAY… for 1 quarter. Each meme was specifically targeted to the day of the week. Not only was it great for Spanish 1, it was great review for Spanish 2-4. I didn’t have to waste valuable class time with a “calendar project”, I subliminally packed those days into their minds! 🙂
From there, the memes turned to comedy. I looked for some idiomatic expressions I’d like to share, cute pets, etc. Just anything that would get a laugh.
At Christmas time, we shifted to all holiday memes and after break, we came back to los 3 Reyes. Since then we have been in “love mode” with both sweet and sarcastic love memes every day.
My big moment is yet to come! After Valentine’s day, I am shifting to ALL travel memes. It is my subliminal message to them that America IS GREAT! but that it is just a corner or an amazing globe! I want them to love their country but long to see ALL the countries. My hope is that in the 9 weeks I spend meme-ing them messages about wanderlust, they’ll have this unexplainable desire to GO… and if they GO… they’ll never be the same again!
Tips for meme by theme:
- Google! Just type your theme in your TL plus the word meme and see what you find.
- PINTEREST! There are memes galore on Pinterest!
- Keep a folder within a folder. My folder is called “a desktop background for everything”. Inside the big folder I have “haven’t used yet”. This folder contains all the memes I collect when I have a few free minutes… It helps me NOT need to search every day!
- Change the meme before you shut down your computer. If it is already there in the morning, you don’t even have to remember to change it!
- Be prepared to be called the master of dank memes. 🙂