Fun and Meaningful Time Fillers for Spanish Class

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 / Leave a Comment
You can see it coming. No matter what you do, how much you extend your lesson plan, there it is. The dreaded extra time at the end of class. Every minute is precious and you don't want to waste it, right? I'm not a math teacher but if a lesson in a 50 minute class period ends 5 minutes early, that is 10% of class being wasted, correct? Yikes!


Here are six time fillers for Spanish class that are easy to implement and will keep kids engaged and learning right up until the final bell.

1. READ A CHILDREN'S BOOK


I always tell students Spanish class is like kindergarten because we learn colors and the alphabet, we sing songs, we color, and we have story time! Books make a great time filler because they are a good chance for students to wind down before they head to their next class, you can literally grab a book off the shelf and start reading, and being read to is fantastic for their language development.

In addition to exposing students to wonderful books by authors from everywhere from Peru to Argentina, I also like to use books that are familiar with students. Here are a few of my bookshelf staples.

Buenas Noches, Luna (Goodnight Moon)

















¿Eres Mi Mamá? (Are You My Mother?)




















Oso pardo, oso pardo, ¿qué ves ahí? (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?)




















Donde Viven Los Monstruos (Where the Wild Things Are)


















¿Dónde está la oveja verde?  (Where Is the Green Sheep?)


2. LISTEN AND DRAW


Have students take out a piece of scratch paper. Play a song in Spanish and have students draw what they think the song is about as they listen. Another idea? Have students draw how the song makes them feel. I think you will be surprised at what your students take away from the songs!

Not sure what to play in class? Here is a blog post I wrote with a list of 20 Pandora Stations for the Spanish Classroom.

3. TASK CARDS


I always keep a set of task cards on my desk for whatever we are currently learning. If I find myself with time at the end of class, I like to grab the set and use them in a few different ways. Here are three:

a. Exit ticket: You can give students a sticky note, have them take out a piece of scratch paper, or pass out slips of paper. Project a few task cards either with a doc cam or through the computer and have students write their answers on their paper. Position yourself at the door to collect the papers and wish them a fabulous day as they leave. Exit tickets make a great formative assessment to gauge where your students are with the material so you can adjust your lesson plans for the following day if need be.

b. Rapid fire quiz for candy: Call out questions from the task cards or project the task card and have students volunteer answers. If participation is *ahem*lacking*ahem*, I use my index cards to call on students. I like to reward students with a small piece of candy if correct.

c. Mini whiteboards: Have students quickly grab what they need to do mini whiteboards. I usually ask the first person in the row to grab materials for everyone to cut down on congestion. Getting whiteboards shouldn't take more than 30 seconds. Once students have a mini whiteboard, marker, and eraser (or a piece of tissue in a pinch), project task cards either with a doc cam or through the computer and have students write their answers on their whiteboards. Normally I would check each individual one but when we are trying to move quickly, I grab one student's whiteboard that is correct and hold it up for the class to self check or tell the class the answer. You would be surprised at how many questions you can get through!

Find all 60+ of my task card sets HERE.

4. FISH BOWL


Quickly divide the class into two groups. Have one group make a large circle. Have each person in the second group go stand in front of someone in the circle, facing the person. You should have two circles now, one inside the other. Give each circle a name. I like to use countries, foods, or something else with a Latin flair. Have students greet the person across from them in Spanish. Then have the outer group ask the inner group a question about a topic. If it is the first week of Spanish 1, it might be ¿Cómo te llamas? and you might have to write a sentence frame for the question and answer on the board. If it is March and you have Spanish 2 students, the direction could be a little more open-ended such as 'ask a question in the preterite tense'. Inner circle needs to answer in a complete sentence. Once that is done, both students need to say gracias to their partner and then wait for my signal to rotate. Once I ring the bell, the INNER circle moves one person to the right. Repeat the process of greeting, asking, answering, thanking, and rotating one person to the right until everyone is back where they started. Then, have the outer circle and inner circle switch places so now a new group is asking the question and a new group is answering. This is a quick process. Students are with their partner no more than 10-15 seconds at a time, depending on the question. A Fish Bowl is a great way to get students speaking A LOT of Spanish and in a short amount of time!

5. QUICK WRITE



Put up a picture and have students write about it for a few minutes. The New York Times has a wonderful collection of photos called A Year of Picture Prompts: Over 160 Images to Inspire Writing that are always thought-provoking. I am constantly being blown away by my students' imaginations!

6. BALL TOSS



For a quick speaking activity, toss a Nerf ball or something else soft to a student in the class. I use a foam globe about the size of a baseball that I got at the dollar store. Ask that student a question. That student answers the question in a complete sentence, tosses the ball to another student, and asks that student a question. That student answers the question, tosses it to a new student, and so forth until every student has had the ball. The last student with the ball gets to toss the ball to me and ask me a question. It goes quickly and is great speaking practice!

Depending on level and the topic, I often use sentence frames on the board. For example, if we were learning ESTAR and emotions, this is what I would write on the board.

Yo estoy                

¿Cómo estás?


If you end up using any of these ideas in your classroom, I would love to hear about it! Please tag me on IG (@laprofeplotts) or let me know on Facebook! As always, if you loved this post, I would greatly appreciate you pinning it for me ↓ so others can enjoy it, too. Thanks, amigos!




















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Spanish Day of the Dead Crafts and Activities

Monday, October 29, 2018 / Leave a Comment

Looking for some Spanish Day of the Dead crafts and activities, but not sure where to start?  Or maybe you're dreading making those messy sugar skulls and are looking for a simpler, cleaner craft (because the janitor is still giving you the evil eye from last year's sticky mess)?

Then check out these 10 simple, but engaging Spanish Day of the Dead activities - so many great ideas - pick and choose your favorites or try a different one each year to keep things fresh.

1.  Skull Rocks: 

Love these!  Perfect cheap Day of the Dead decorations that will last for years to come.  Or if you want these decorations, but don't want to do the work, suggest that your art teacher have students make these to donate to Spanish class.

Supplies:  
- oval rocks - Send your students out rock hunting the week beforehand.  If they have any landscaping rocks in their yard, those work well, too.
- acrylic paints and small tipped paint brushes

How:  Students paint the white oval first and let it dry.  The next day, students paint the details.

Learned this idea from:  http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2012/10/stone-sugar-skulls.html 


2.  Sugar Skull Piñatas:

Making these in class can be messy and time-consuming, but this makes a great extra credit assignment or Spanish Club project.  Or, you just make a few at home to use as decorations for class and keep them from year to year to hang up.

Supplies:  Newspaper, paper mache mix (flour and water), tarps/cut up plastic bags (to go prevent mess), paint, paintbrushes, balloons

How:  Blow up a balloon.  Mix flour and water to make a liquidy paste.  Tear newspaper into strips, coat with paste, and then cover the balloon with the strips.  Let dry completely.  Pop the balloon with a needle.  Cut out a small circle, paint, fill with candy and tape over the bottom hole and paint it.  Attach a string to hang it.

Learned this from:  https://blog.partydelights.co.uk/day-of-the-dead-party-pinata/


3.  Skull Balloons:

Super easy Day of the Dead craft for any level of Spanish student.

Supplies:  White balloons, black Sharpies

How:  Blow up the balloons and use the Sharpies to draw skull faces.




4.  Secret Message Worksheet

Pass out the Day of this Dead vocab sheet and secret message sheet.  Go over the vocabulary and the significance of each word as a class.  Then have students unscramble the words to form the secret message.  Use markers to make it more fun and colorful.  

Supplies:  Markers, worksheets (Get them for free in my Free Resource Library)


5.  Skull Lanterns

Doesn't get much easier than this.

Supplies:  White plastic cups, black Sharpies, LED tea lights (orange works best for a warm glow).  If you're looking to save money, skip the candles.  

How:  Draw the skull design on the cup while it's flipped upside down.  Put the LED candle underneath.

Game idea:  Students place an object under the cup and give clues as to what it might be, while a partner guesses.



6.  Shoebox Altar

Students find/make items to memorialize a loved one, pet, or someone famous, and place all the items in a shoebox.  Use this as a speaking activity in class. Students pair up and then talk about each of the items in the box and why they are important.  

Supplies:  Students work on these at home.

How:  Give students at least a week to prepare their shoeboxes.  



7.  Cempasúchil Flowers (Tissue Paper Flowers)

Making these Day of the Dead tissue paper flowers is simple and cheap, plus students get listening practice watching the video instructions in Spanish.  

Supplies:  Orange, yellow, red tissue paper, green pipe cleaners, staplers, scissors

How:  Just watch the video.  :)



8.  Skull Book

This Day of the Dead skull book teaches your students about the traditions and festivities surrounding Day of the Dead.  In English and Spanish.  Great for all levels.

Supplies:  Skull book, scissors, markers 

How:  Students cut out the skulls, fill in the blanks, and color with markers.


9.  Day of the Dead Jack o' Lanterns

Love these original jack o’ lanterns!  Every Spanish teacher needs one of these for his/her classroom or doorstep.  Make it simpler by skipping the carving part and just have your students paint them or let this be an extra credit project.  

Supplies:  Pumpkins, paint, paintbrushes.




10.  Marshmallow Skulls

Super easy and quick Day of the Dead craft! 

Supplies:  Large marshmallows, markers, optional cake pop sticks/chopsticks, etc.

How:  Students draw on the marshmallows with markers.




Hope you enjoyed these Spanish Day of the Dead crafts and activities!  

If you're looking for more Day of the Dead festivities, head over to my Facebook page.  Each year, I host a 

Comment on the posts for a chance to win 1 of 5 Day of the Dead Lesson Plan Bundles.  



Wishing you and your students a colorful, festive Day of the Dead!




                                                      
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Movement in Spanish Class - 10 ways to get students out of their seats

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 / Leave a Comment
Inside: How to get your Spanish class moving to increase engagement and motivation. 


Movement in Spanish Class - 10 ways to get students out of their seats - by Mis Clases Locas on Secondary Spanish Space
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You Can't Do All the Things: Healthy Teachers, Healthy Classrooms

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 / 3 comments

It's October! For teachers in the US, that means the honeymoon period of back-to-school is long-gone. We're settling in for that stretch until Thanksgiving.




Maybe we rushed into the school year with an armload of amazing new ideas and systems. And for some of us, now is the time of year when it starts crashing down.
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7 Awesome Speaking Activities Your Students Will Love

Thursday, September 6, 2018 / 1 comment

I have always found myself going back to the same types of activities unit after unit, year after year. They're easy for me to plan.

After a while though, kids eyes glaze over and they're like, "Oh, we're doing THIS activity again?" *insert teenagers rolling their eyes and looking as disinterested as possible*

If you're looking for some fresh new ideas to broaden your teacher toolkit and include some variety in your lessons this year - look no further!

Here are 7 ideas for great speaking activities you can test out this school year.

1. Info. Gap Partner Activity


My #1 fave go-to speaking activity is the info gap partner activity. It takes a bit of prep work to make sure you set it up right and you need to train kids well on how to do it, but once you've got those pieces in place it's smooth sailing.

How does it work?


  • Partner everyone up - I suggest you make everyone's partner be the kid they're sitting next to.
  • Partner A has 5 questions and 5 answers on his paper. Partner B has prompts for the 5 answers to Partner A's questions and 5 questions that Partner A has prompts for.
  • Students alternate asking and answering questions with the prompts on their papers. They get speaking practice with the grammar or vocabulary that you are targeting that class period.

2. Question Ladders


Jen Shaw suggests scaffolding students' interpersonal speaking activities with question ladders. They can give lower level students the support they need to successfully engage in conversation.

How does it work?


  • Let's say you're teaching a food unit with stem-changing verbs. 
  • You give students the question "¿Qué prefieres comer para la cena?" Students then have to write a similar question in Spanish (most likely "¿Qué prefieres comer para el almuerzo?" or "Qué prefieres beber para la cena?"). 
  • Then they have to answer both questions - your original question and the similar one they created. 
  • You give them 5-6 question prompts for the unit, so students have 10-12 questions and answers that they can use in conversations.

3. Ask & Switch


I like activities that get kids up and out of their seats. They spend almost the entire day seated. They need something active sometimes!

How does it work?


  • Ask & Switch is a pretty self-explanatory activity. Everyone gets an index card with a question on one side and a prompt for an answer on the other. 
  • Students get out of their seats and walk up to the partner of their choice. 
  • Student A asks Student B the question on their index card and shows student B the answer prompt. Student B answers the question, asks Student A their question, Student A answers.
  • Then they switch cards and go find someone else to talk to. 
  • Give kids 4-5 minutes so they get a variety of practice with questions and answers. 
I have a blog post about this activity if you want some more tips and suggestions for it. I also have ask & switch sets available in my tpt store for 20+ different grammar and vocabulary topics. Try the free version with the present tense form ir + places to see how it can work in your class!

4. Find Someone Who


I have done this activity in my classroom, but I think Allison from Mis Clases Locas is the queen of this activity. Get her freebie here and you can try it out in your class!

How does it work?

  • Students get a handout with a 4x5 grid on it. Each box has a question in it.
  • Students have to ask each other the questions in the boxes and find someone who did each activity.
  • They have to find a different person for each box!
  • This can be a great first day mixer activity, or you can use it to target specific vocab or grammar structures.

5. Speaking Activities with Rotating Partners

There are maybe endless ways you can tweak this activity, but it's the same general idea. Students are divided into 2 groups and everyone in group 1 cycles through and speaks with everyone in group 2. 

How does it work?

Well, it can work in a variety of ways.

Interview Style:
  • Have half the kids stand at the front of the room (or wherever you have space) shoulder to shoulder (with some personal space between them) and their backs to the wall.
  • Then the other half of the students line up and face them. Everyone has a partner.
  • Partner A pretends to be a famous person (or a character from that novel your class just finished) and Partner B asks them questions.
  • You give them a pre-determined amount of time.
  • When the timer goes off, everyone takes two steps to their right and they have a new partner! Whoever is on the far right end then goes down to the end of the line. 
  • You can have students switch roles so that everyone gets to ask and answer questions.

Speed Dating:


  • Allow the entire class 30 seconds to finish awkwardly giggling at the name of this activity.
  • Jen Shaw explains it best how you can have students rotate seats through the rows or groups you have set up in your classroom.


Rotating Partner conversations:

  • Allison has her students discuss a pre-determined topic and then move to a new chair with a new partner after the timer goes off. It's basically the same as speed dating, but without the name that makes teenagers awkwardly giggle uncontrollably.

Inside Outside Circles
  • You need to have enough space in your classroom for half your students to stand in a large circle with the other half of your class facing them in an inner circle. 
  • Kids ask each other questions and then the outer circle take a step to the right after your timer goes off and they get a new partner.
  • This is not an ideal activity if your classroom is packed to the brim with 36 student desks and chairs and you have a minor meltdown when they put a 37th student in your class with no warning and you yell at your department head, "WHERE IS THIS CHILD GOING TO SIT?" 

6. Turn & Talk

If you were hoping for a speaking activity that integrates culture - girl, I've got you.

How does it work?


  • Jen Shaw has her students speak at their tables or with partners about images that she shows (see the example above). 
  • They can discuss their thoughts on the image in small groups and then she can model questioning and answers to the whole class.

7. Café y Conversación

This one might be my favorite idea. Bribe your students with delicious beverages.  Transform your classroom into a café and bring that authentic culture to your students. And drink hot chocolate while teaching.

How does it work?

Jen Ries guest blogs on Allison's Mis Clases Locas blog to explain all the details. This activity is geared toward upper level students who have enough Spanish to be able to carry on a full conversation.

  • Pick a topic that students care about and is controversial to them. Or come up with a few topics and let them vote.
  • Students can prep for this by jotting down ideas, but it should be authentic and spontaneous Spanish, so their notes should be in English.
  • Students carry on a conversation in Spanish with the teacher as moderator to make sure kids aren't talking over each other and are getting their turn to put in their 2 cents. Otherwise, it's completely student-centered and student-driven conversation. While you sip your tea and think about how many marshmallows you want in your hot chocolate next time.


Do you have any other speaking activities in your teacher toolbox? If you do please share them in the comments! Also let us know if you try any of these activities and how they go in your classroom!






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Back to Spanish Class: 7 Ideas for Getting Organized

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 / 2 comments
Ten+ years into my teaching career and I finally feel like my classroom runs like a well-oiled machine. Through A LOT of trial and error, I have created a space that works for me AND my students. Many of the following ideas put the responsibility back on the students so they learn life skills and are self-sufficient, thus freeing me up to do the 502 other things I need to do during the class period. They also give students ownership of their learning which I think is important for them to have. Here are seven of my favorite classroom management ideas for organizing your classroom that will in turn make your life easier.


1. MATERIAL BOXES

I tell my students at the beginning of the year that Spanish class is a lot like kindergarten- we color, we play games, we draw, and we have story time. We are constantly using scissors, crayons, colored pencils, etc. Rather than having school supplies from one end of my classroom to the other, I use material boxes. Each contains a couple pairs of scissors, crayons, markers, rulers, glue, glue sticks, and colored pencils (see pic below). I make 20 of them up at the beginning of the year and then freshen them up a few times throughout the year by reorganizing and restocking them. I keep them all on one shelf and students know they can go grab a material box whenever they need it or I can tell students to go grab one during an activity and they know what I mean. What comes out of the box, must go back in the box. Students are usually pretty good about putting their supplies back in their box and not their neighbor's.

During all the back to school sales, I can make a new material box for about $5. It will be most expensive the first year you do them because of buying the containers and scissors, but you should be able to use those things year after year. I usually only have to replace a few things a year after that. The dollar store has containers for $1 or I got the one below at Staples for 99 cents. (Disclaimer: This post was in no way sponsored by Staples, despite all the Staples products in the picture below. I am not an affiliate, either. They just have a smokin' rewards program and send me $10 off a purchase of $10 or more coupons several times a year #freesupplies. You can also choose a school to donate a percentage of your purchases to. I bet your school qualifies! Check it out!)


Want an easy and fun way to decide which students go get the material box for their groups? Check out this post I wrote on SSS about how I do this in my classroom: Transition Tip for Any Secondary Classroom.

2. PINK SHEETS

Do you do warm-ups (a.k.a. bellringers) in class? Save paper and time by only collecting them once a week! I use pink pieces of paper for my warm-ups because the colored paper is easy for students to find in their backpacks AND it easy for me to spot on desks. Just like every other procedure in your classroom, you will need to teach your students how to use them properly. Students have been trained to pick them up from the front table on Monday and turn them in on Friday. They also know to have their pink sheets out and be quietly working on the warm-up I've projected as soon as the bell rings. This gets them right into Spanish-mode and prevents wasted class time. Having them spend the first couple minutes working on a warm-up also gives me time to take attendance, check in with students, or finish setting up an activity.

As you can see in the examples below, the front of the pink sheet has a place for students to write their name and the pink sheet number. Week 1 of the semester is PS #1, Week 2 is PS #2, etc. Below that, students are responsible for circling the number of points from the week they think they have earned before they turn it in on Friday. This is a good reminder for them to double-check they have the warm-up for each day. They are taught at the beginning of the semester that full points are only given for each day if the warm-up is there AND complete. I verify their points when I enter their pink sheets in the grade book on Friday. Below the points section is a place for them to keep track of any homework that week. The last thing on the front is a space for students to write me a note. Students are encouraged to use that space to tell me anything they would like me to know whether it be an activity they really enjoyed and would like to see more of, a concern they have about the class, or anything else they didn't get a chance to tell me during class. Many students leave it blank, but others have used it to wish me a great weekend, practice their Spanish, or let me know about a big event in their life. #buildingrelationships

On the back is where students complete the daily warm-up. To save on copies, students are responsible for writing the days of the week and drawing the line after each warm-up. Writing the days of the week is good practice, too!





3. EL ORDEN DEL DÍA

Sanity-saving trick: Put up a daily agenda board. Save yourself from answering "What are we doing today?" five. million. times. a day. My students know to look there as soon as they walk in the room. There is space for a list of what each class is doing that day, any important announcements or reminders I might have for them, and the one every administrator looks for and LOVES to see displayed, the standard/learning objective of the day.

I use colored masking tape instead of drawing lines with a marker to make the lines last longer. Otherwise, they get easily erased and you find yourself drawing them three times a week and nobody has time for that.

4. MEJOR AMIGO

Call me old school, but I still believe in students taking notes by hand. Research shows  that students retain information better if it is written by hand rather than typed on a computer or tablet. I wanted a small, easily-recognizable place for students to keep their notes. Something they could carry around the room while doing task cards or other activities since they move at least 4x a day. From that, the idea of the mejor amigo was born. A mejor amigo is a small booklet that students make and write their notes in. We call them mejores amigos because they will be a student's best friend over the next several weeks during Spanish class. I have always taught Spanish 1 and Spanish 2. I created units for each level and there are six units per level. Each unit is a mejor amigo. Spanish 1 does Mejores Amigos #1-#6 and Spanish 2 does Mejores Amigos #7-#12. My world is organized by mejores amigos.

At the beginning of each unit, students make a mejor amigo. To make one, each student will need:
  • Two pieces of white computer paper 
  • Two pieces of yarn that I've pre-cut into pieces approx. 6" in length
  • Access to a 3-hole punch
  • Colored pencils or crayons for decorating the front

I draw an example on the front whiteboard so students know what information needs to be included.  Students need to put Mejor Amigo & number, give it a name (I mean, it is their best friend, after all), and write their name. They are encouraged to spend a little time personalizing it with colored pencils or crayons to help make it their own and make it easier to tell apart from the 30+ in the classroom on any given day. Another reason to have material boxes! 😃

There is also a class copy of each mejor amigo. Each day there are notes, a TA writes the notes in the class mejor amigo so students who are absent can catch their mejor amigo up when they return.


5. ABSENT BINDER

One of my least favorite questions I get as a teacher is when a student comes back after being absent and asks me "Did you guys do anything while I was gone?". Nope, nada. We sat around and played on our phones (insert eye roll). One thing that has helped cut down on the time spent catching a student up is having an absent binder! It is kept in a designated space and students know the first thing they should do when they return from being gone is grab the binder. Remember the pink sheets from above? I hate students missing out on the learning opportunity (and points) for a warm-up when they were gone so each day I print off the warm-up for each level and put them in the binder. Extra copies of hand-outs, permission slips, etc. go in there, too! Something to hand back to a kid? It goes in the binder. The class copy of the mejor amigo is in there, too! It is like Target: one-stop amazingness.


6. INDEX CARDS

You have probably heard of using popsicle sticks as a quick and easy way to call on students, as well as keep them on their toes and accountable. The problem with popsicle sticks is they just give you a name. I wanted more information from my students, information I could use to build relationships and help them be successful in my class. I came up with the idea of students making index cards during student teaching and have used it ever since.

At the beginning of the semester, every student makes an index card. Below is an example of what I write on the whiteboard. I hand each student an index card and ask them to fill out the information on the board. Upper left, first and last name, is also a place for them to write any nicknames or the name they go by that might be different than what is on my class list. Upper right has been really helpful for setting the tone from Day 1 that I am here, I am listening, and I want them to be successful. I stress to students that I am the only one that sees the index cards so they are refreshingly honest with what they write. Some tell me about medical issues that affect where they need to sit in the room, others tell me about messy break-ups or fights between ex-friends, and others talk about how they learn best. All of that information is filed away in my brain for seating charts, pairing students for groups, and designing lesson plans. Bottom left gives me an idea of what kind of time commitments students have outside of class. Bottom right varies from favorite band to favorite TV show to hobbies. It's just a fun way to learn more about them. The middle is probably my favorite. What students choose to draw is always fascinating to me. Some are goofy answers like cheese, but others are really thoughtful and tell me a lot about the student. My favorite ever was probably the big, tough-looking football player who drew a picture of his baby sister. 😍 I eagerly read all the cards at the end of the day and their answers always surprise me!


I use the index cards throughout the semester to randomly call on students for answers, put students randomly into groups by quickly pulling out cards, and spread them out on my desk to make groups for games like my Jeopardy-style trivia games when I want to control who is in what group. I also like to include their favorite bands, singers, activities, etc. in questions. I love seeing their faces light up when they see their favorite singer's name in the warm-up or their favorite band in a test question!


7. STUDENT CENTER

Call me crazy, but I never get annoyed when students come to class without a pencil or paper. I am just happy they are there! To bypass students asking me to borrow something (and keep them from getting their germs all over the supplies on my desk! #onlysomanysickdays), I have a spot in my classroom that is a designated student center. I keep extra pencils, pens, and paper there, as well as a couple staplers, tape dispensers, 3-hole punches, and Spanish-English dictionaries. There is also a space for the supplies students need to make a mejor amigo like yarn and white computer paper. If students leave things in my classroom, I have a shelf for those items, too. Students know they can get anything they need from there, no questions asked and no shaming. If they need to take the pencil with them to the rest of their classes that day, that is okay, too. I want them to be successful and if the difference between them being successful and being anxious and stressed out all day because they don't have a writing utensil is a 5 cent pencil, I will gladly give them a pencil.


If you end up using any of these ideas in your classroom, I would love to hear about it! Please tag me on IG (@laprofeplotts) or let me know on Facebook! These ideas have saved my sanity and I hope they help you, too! As always, if you loved this post, I would greatly appreciate you re-pinning it for me ↓. Thanks, amigos!
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