Since I'm leaving on June 15, 2008 to teach English as a Foreign Language in the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, for two months, I thought it might be useful to find out the history of the islands and useful information cultural information that I could use to integrate myself into their culture and use in my teaching while I'm there. Searching on Google, I first entered: "Galapagos Islands" OR "Islas Galapagos" (as they are called in Spanish) so I could get a full listing of both English and Spanish websites available to me because I am able to read both languages fluently.
Using RSS Feeds, students have the opportunity to track changes in the political reign of a country throughout the marking period, semester and year, in this, news on Cuba*. This will lead to a better understanding of the country, discussions on comparisons and contrasts between countries in Latin America and Spain, as well as using the RSS Feeds to create a final project.
There are many, many ways that blogging can be effective in a Spanish classroom! I plan to use a few of these ideas when it comes to my own classroom and I hope that you can benefit from them, as well!
Newly Ancient Blogging
I have been reading up on some of the blogs that other folks have been writing around the world, and I discovered one that is very interesting! A young boy, a 15 year old, writes on technology he finds interesting and how it could be applied to the classroom. He is so intellectual and his writing is very, very mature for his age! I find it supremely genuine that he is interested in bettering the public school system with technology. His blog, Newly Ancient, is clean-cut, easy to navigate, and he also includes a lot of personal information about his life, which is typical for a young man of his age. He also raised money for a cause he believed in and I find that very admirable.
Over winter break, I was able to visit Key West with mi novio (¿Cómo se dice en inglés?) , who's from Tampa, FL, where we celebrated New Year's on Duval Street. On the way down to the centro of Key West, we met a man on the bus from Mérida, México, located in the Yucatán Península, and he told us all about his life and how he came to live in Key West.
Hi! I'm a Spanish teacher. I have a strong passion to teach in an urban setting.
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