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From English to Spanish in Minutes!


guest blogger Lucy  Guest Blogger, Lucy Castellano – 2nd grade Texas teacher

I’ve been an elementary teacher for 6 years, and year after year I look for new ideas.  I try my best not to use the same materials from the year before. I do this because I have different students, hence, different materials to meet different needs. If that was the only challenge, I think it wouldn’t be too bad.  But, it’s challenging to find Spanish materials out there.  Of course, I find tons and tons of materials in English. But, I NEED Spanish!!!  So, you can imagine how excited I was to discover TeacherSherpa!  I could actually edit materials from English to Spanish without having to start from scratch.  Awesome!

So, before I go on, I have to say THANK YOU to TeacherSherpa for giving teachers like me a simple tool to use.  I also have to thank teachers like Michelle Giuffre Howell, who willingly share editable teacher-created materials in TeacherSherpa’s community!  The whole idea of creating, borrowing and sharing with one another makes total sense in a profession that is constantly going to one another for ideas.  So, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You have no idea how easy you’ve made my life from here on out.

From English to Spanish in Minutes

Now, what got me so excited?  Well, I was looking for community building activities, so I browsed the Inspiration Wall and found Michelle’s Community Circle Prompts that I loved! Rats, they are only in English! – was my first thought. But, I remembered that if something was shared in TeacherSherpa’s community, the member sharing was giving me permission to make the edits I needed.  YES!  

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All I had to do was confirm that I wished to duplicate the original, a copy was created in my profile, and I was taken right into the all-in-one tool.  

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I was so excited to get started and decided I wanted to change the background and add some clipart, too.  It was all there! Cool!  After I changed up the look a little, I started translating the English into Spanish.  It was simple, and I was happy to have what I needed.  Before I knew it, I was done. Wow, that was quick!  

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Community Circle Questions (Spanish Version) -Community circle, or community meeting, is the time of day when the teacher and students greet each other, take time to build inclusion and community, and practice social skills. These questions are used as a quick-reference to use daily, allowing each student to share something about themselves in a non-intimidating way. Use them to help create your own!

My take-away?

Now, I don’t have to worry about the lack of Spanish counterparts to some of the great materials I come across (at least on TS).  I know if another teacher has created and shared their materials on TeacherSherpa, then they are gladly allowing me to edit their shared original so that my own students are getting what they need. My take-away? One happy teacher here!  

I love borrowing ideas from other teachers, but also enjoy creating stuff from scratch, too.  Sharing my materials is a great thing, and I’m all in!

Leave One, Take One

As I’ve continued using the TS platform, I have found creating my own stuff from scratch is really simple.  My created materials are easier to do in English first, so that’s the route I take.  Then I go back and translate into Spanish.  Perfect!

As I mentioned, I love sharing stuff with other teachers and love when teachers share with me. So, I am all about the concept of “Leave One, Take One”(or two, or three, or more).   And, because I’m in that mindset, I’m leaving some Spanish stuff for you to take! Hope you enjoy!

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Back to School will be here before you know it, and finding an engaging activity that helps you get to know your students is high on the list.  So, I have shared this 1st-day writing activity with you that allows students to share their summer with the class!

And, I know I also need a student contact form each year, so check out what I’ve left for you to borrow, below.

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This packet will be perfect to send home the first day of school to get parent/student contact information that you’ll have handy the rest of the year. Also included is a page for transportation, so parents can let you know how the student will be getting home and who will be picking their child up.

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