Last semester I really learned to not let the movie bug in. A teacher will have days when they cannot be in class; this is unavoidable. I never really knew what to do for a sub plan, so I just played a movie in Spanish. This was good because it kept the class occupied quietly while I was gone. I mean, what kid doesn’t want to watch movies at school. It was bad, though, because then the students had way lower expectations for my class. Also, the two or three students would come in everyday asking, “Are we going to watch a movie today?” After I experienced this, I decided not to even let the movie bug into my class.
So, I did some searching on different sites to see what teachers do. I came up with this.
1. (15 minutes) With your partner draw a storyboard that you can tell entirely in Spanish. Give each group one copy of the storyboard.
2. Each partnership volunteers to come to the front of the room, tell the story together in Spanish (by looking at the illustrations they just drew.) They get to pick the people in class to be the actors and wear the costumes, use the props and act out the story while the authors tell the story!
3. Entire class applauds.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 all period long.
It totally changed my students’ perspective of the class. They knew that when I leave, I still expect them to be engaged in Spanish. Plus, they love doing it!
Today I did a practice day so that they can get the routine down for when I am gone. This was also good for me because I need a break from a hard week and the kids were excited to use the Spanish that they had been learning. You should have seen some of the stories! Some were hysterical and others were told so well.
All in all, I was pleased with how the day went.