A very important part of planning for instruction is to clearly have in mind the structure your classroom.  You may have a great lesson but if the right structures are not in place, it may not yield the results you expect.  Maintaining active student engagement and building positive relationships with students are key to manage your classroom, but you need to have structures in place that will allow you to build those relationships and implement engaging instructional practices.

Classroom structures and practices may include norms, routines, expectations, and classroom resources among others.  No matter whether you are teaching elementary, middle, high, or college level, having a plan and being consistent on it will help you to have a more successful and rewarding teaching experience.

As we debate the possibility and for some the certainty that we will start our 2021 school year online, having this structure online define is even more important.  This is a new territory for students and teacher and as the leader of the classroom, the students are counting on you to create a safe and supporting learning environment.

The Classroom Structures resource below provides a template for educators to consider areas of their classroom structures and the structures they have in place on a face-to-face classroom, and how these may help determine how they will implement (or not) these structures in a digital environment. 

Classroom Structures

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"AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Plant a question and invite participants to your AnswerGarden. Their answers will instantly form a growing word cloud! Feel free to use AnswerGarden for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback.

AnswerGarden has many different users: classroom, conference and corporate audiences, creative teams, online crowds, mindmappers, and more!

AnswerGarden fits educational, professional and creative purposes, is standalone and embeddable, and shows thousands of answers in a glance!"

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This website offers free printables in Spanish of the days of the week, colors, months, seasons, and the calendar.Spanish Printables

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Lonely Planet travel

Learn about possible traveling destinations, things to do, and places to visit.

Source: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/places 

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2016 09 1Max Planck Psycholinguistics Institute

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types."

Source: http://www.mpi.nl/ 

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Plaza Santillana

At the Plaza Santillana Spanish Classroom Blog you will find resources specifically geared towards:

  • Spanish Elementary, Spanish Middle School and Spanish High School
  • Professional Development for Spanish Teachers
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Classroom Activities and much more!

Source: http://www.santillanausa.com/ 

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I Speak Arabic

This site from the Qatar Foundation International provides provides resources for teachers, parents, and students on the Arabic language and culture.  

Click HERE for more information.

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COERLL Heritage Spanish

Heritage Spanish is a space for Spanish instructors who want to collaborate, share, and communicate with others about heritage language teaching and learning. Here you can:

  • start a conversation with other instructors of Spanish as a heritage language
  • share SHL resources (syllabi, activities, lessons, event information, etc.) that you have created or found
  • browse SHL resources from other teachers
  • stay up-to-date on new resources and professional development events
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MultiTreeMultiTree is a digital library of language relatioships. "MultiTree presents scholarly hypotheses about language relationships and subgroupings in a user-friendly database that is integrated with other LINGUIST List projects, providing access to a wealth of information." Source: http://new.multitree.org/about

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"ScriptSource is a dynamic, collaborative reference to the writing systems of the world, with detailed information on scripts, characters, languages - and the remaining needs for supporting them in the computing realm. It is sponsored, developed and maintained by SIL International."

Source: http://scriptsource.org/

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JNCL NCLIS"JNCL-NCLIS represents over 100 national, regional and state organizations encompassing virtually all areas of the language field: the major and less-commonly taught languages, including English and English as a second language, bilingual education, the classics, linguistics, exchanges, research, technology, and translation."


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