It's confession time
Ya'll, I have something to tell you. I've missed you! This past year I was not a Spanish teacher; I was a Special Education teacher/Case Manager. Not teaching Spanish for an entire school year made me realize how much I truly missed it and how passionate I am about it! Even though teaching special education was rewarding, I knew that my heart truly ached to go back to teaching Spanish. So, I put in for a transfer in the hopes that I'd pick up a Spanish teacher position somewhere in my county. And guess what? Not only was I offered a transfer, I was offered a transfer to the very high school that I graduated! And to top that off, I was offered the Department Chair position to boot!
Even though last week was my first week of summer vacation, I've already started planning for next year—I am truly type ‘a’ when it comes to this sort of thing. Consequently, I began to immerse myself back into the world language community (specifically #langchat)—and it was as if I had never left. Seriously, the amount of sharing, giving, caring, and support that teachers have provided for each other is nothing short of absolute wonder.
As I am reading tons of blogs and connecting on twitter, I am inspired by my colleagues to share my resources and experiences as well. In fact, that is a huge reason for why I started blogging in the first place: to join the conversation and add my voice. And of course, the more voices the better! Creating and maintaining a collaborative environment is necessary: we improve and become better educators and people by lifting others.
paying it forward
Personally, having such a strong sense of community pushes me to continue learning, sharing, and improving my practice. In short, I am thankful! And when you are thankful, you share.
For those of you who are using Gran Hotel this school year, here is a (free) resource that I created to use with my Spanish I's (in case El Internado doesn't work out). Also, check out my additional free resources here.
If you like this resource or any other, please leave feedback (on TPT). I’d love to hear from you! And as always, catch me on Twitter to connect.