I'm Krista and I blog over at The Second Grade Superkids. I have been a contributor to the Bilingual Teacher Clubhouse previously, so some of you may remember me, but I thought I would take this opportunity to reintroduce myself, since we have revamped and a whole bunch of other great contributing authors have joined in the fun!
A little bit about me - I have been in the dual language education realm for the past 6 years. My first two years of teaching, I taught 1st grade dual language in a 90/10 program. The following 3 years I was a 2nd grade dual language teacher (that's where the whole "second grade superkid name came into play") in an 80/20 program. Finally, last year I had the opportunity to become our building's first ever Dual Language/ELL Instructional Coach, which was such a treat, and I learned such an incredible amount from all of the teachers I worked with each and every day.
That being said, this past summer, I got married to a wonderful man and we are moving to brand new city and state, which has led me to my current position this coming school year as a 3rd grade Spanish immersion teacher! New role, yet again, and I could not be more thrilled to take it on and share in my learning with all of you along the way!
I thought I would share one of my favorite lessons with you all today that I have done the past year or two with students, and that I feel goes hand in hand with the purpose of why we all do what we do!
If you haven't ever read the poem Me x 2 (Yo x 2) by Jane Medina. You have got to not only read it, but get yourself a copy.
Isn't that great?
After I read the poem with students, we have a discussion about the author's message which then in turn leads us to begin a discussion about the benefits of bilingualism for them.
After brainstorming, the students can use the ideas generated or their own to complete a page for a class book entitled "Being Bilingual is a Blast". I leave the book and anchor chart our all year to serve as a reminder of why we do what we do.
Feel free to visit my blog The Second Grade Superkids for examples of some of the book pages students created along with a variety of other resources and "super" ideas!
I'd love for you to join me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Teachers Pay Teachers as well so that you don't miss a beat (and of course I'd love to hear all of your ideas as too!).