At the end of last year, I said I was going to take it easy on the beginning-of-year mayhem and NOT touch my bulletin boards. I was going to leave them as they were this year. Did that happen? Nope! I was bitten with the Pinterest bug again. I decided to make a Yo Vi Espanol bulletin board after seeing an “I See Spanish” idea on Pinterest.
On this Yo Vi Espanol bulletin board, the kids have brought in authentic items from daily life. These items all had Spanish on them. Seemed like a great idea to me and something fun to discuss at our open house when the parents visited the room. I decided to offer five bonus points per nine-weeks. Five bonus points for one item. The catch is that they cannot bring in anything which is already on the board. For instance, once the back of the Hamburger Helper box (in Spanish) is up on the board, no one else can bring in a Hamburger Helper box. This was actually the first item brought to me by a student this year – the morning after open house. After the first nine-weeks, I will clear everything off and we will start over. My hope is that students will start being more alert to the Spanish that is everywhere around them in their own community.
I sectioned off a portion of my long bulletin board and made a special “Yo Vi Español bulletin board. The words mean “I Saw Spanish.” I prefer this version of the past tense to the one that inspired me on Pinterest since the kids have already seen the Spanish by the time they bring it to me. Plus, the one I saw was written in English, and I prefer to have mine in Spanish.At open house, I posted a black-and-white printed photo of a picture I had taken at Walmart the previous weekend. The picture is of a wet floor sign with has the simple words “piso mojado” (wet floor) on the bottom. I wanted the students and parents to have an example of “authentic” items with Spanish.
Here is how the board looked after 1 1/2 weeks!
Also from Pinterest, I saw that one poster had posted a blog of language tips for a “good language learner” from A Charla Life Blog
. I thought it was a wonderful idea. Not sure why it had never occurred to me. I go over these tips with my kids constantly but never thought to put them into a visual. I put them into a slightly smaller section of the same bulletin board as above. Here is my new board:
The bottom part of the Yo Vi Espanol bulletin board has a smattering of “useful phrases.” I admit the board is a little more cluttered than I care for but I have noticed the kids actually checking it out much more than before.
My ESL/Cultures class board was spruced up a bit this year, too. I was thrilled when my coworker friend brought me some movie promotions from her trip to Tokyo this summer.
Until now, I never thought to make up small signs of “Desayuno” and “Almuerzo” for my breakfast and lunch menus on the inside of my door.
One thing that drives me nuts with middle-schoolers is the constant epidemic of nameless papers. Drives. Me. Nuts. No matter how many procedures I put into place for remembering to put names on papers, it never fails that there will still be papers turned in with no names. This year, I have implemented a new procedure. I will let you know later if I think it works. I saw a similar set up for orphan papers on Pinterest but it was in English. I decided to go ahead and make one, even though I have high hopes for our new procedure. I figure that with makeup work and such, there is still the chance for nameless papers.
And finally, I took further inspiration from Pinterest for writing the daily objectives on the board. I really like this idea of putting the objective in kid-friendly wording. I made space on my board for all three subjects: ESL, Spanish, and Cultures. However, I forgot to take a picture of my Spanish area. I am going to laminate my colored strips.
Here are some shots of the whole classroom. I think I am finally finished with everything I want to change as far as visuals go.
|I don’t care for how the computer station, file cabinets and tall cabinet are shoved together this year, but I didn’t have a lot of choice with that wall.
Hope you enjoyed the classroom tour! I hope the Yo Vi Espanol bulletin board continues to be a hit this year!