Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Working with the Peace Corps

A few months ago, an old internet friend of mine Barbara contacted me about an excellent opportunity. Barbara is currently serving her second year as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. The Peace Corps has a program that connects volunteers with teachers in the United States. The volunteer and the teacher and students are then able to begin corresponding and exchanging emails, questions, photos, etc. Interested teachers are able to request specific regions of the world their classes are interested in, and even specific Peace Corps Volunteers if they already know someone there. I'm super excited about this as I know almost nothing about Guatemala and I am confident it will be really interesting for my students.

This is the link to the Peace Corps World Wise Schools program.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Social Networking in the classroom

I've decided to make a teacher facebook page for my students to add. I have also made two "fan pages", one for each of the classes I teach: AP Spanish Literature and Spanish 3. The goals here are many: students can ask questions of me and each other on the "wall", I'm able to post events (quizzes, tests, projects, etc), I can chat with students if they have questions, parents can add the pages so they always have an idea of what is going on in class, homework or otherwise, I can also post interesting links and video clips.

I've tried to make class blogs in the past, and they were incredibly hard to keep up with. Hopefully this will be a better match for both me and my students.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

National Blog Posting Month!

I'm participating in National Blog Posting Month! Every day for the month of November, I'll be posting a blog entry. They will naturally be related to my exploits as a Spanish teacher in New York City.