It's been a great 2015 here at www.senorashby.com! I love teaching because I love being creative. Starting this site as a way to intentionally share my resources with other teachers has been a great way to further motivate myself to continue to create new Spanish educational content. In early September, I set a lofty goal of releasing new content on www.senorashby.com each week.
12 New Songs- Including (click to listen):
4 New music videos or re-recordings of existing songs (click to listen):
3 New Online Lessons (click to view):
And other fun resources such as (click to view):
My class is currently at the end of Unit 3, Lesson 2 from the Avancemos textbook. We used this partner conversation for some activities today in class and my students had a lot of fun with it! See the conversation below:
Persona A: Hola mi amigo, ¿Cómo estás?
Persona B: Estoy triste.
Persona A: ¿Por qué?
Persona B: Porque mi perro es más inteligente que yo.
Persona A: ¡Mentiroso!
Persona B: No, es la verdad. Es un “Poodle”
Persona A: Pues, poodles son muy inteligentes
Persona B: También mi hermano menor es más atlético que yo.
Persona A: ¿Tu hermano mayor?
Persona B: No no, mi hermano menor.
Persona A: ¡Pero tu hermano menor tiene dos años! ¡Es un bebé!
Persona B: Si, pero él es muy fuerte.
Persona A: Pues, él come mucha comida nutritiva.
Persona B: Vale, voy a la casa de mis abuelos. Voy a comer su hámster.
Persona A: Vas a comer un hámster? Hmmmm, delicioso.
Persona B: Si, y voy a beber jugo de hamburguesa.
Persona A: ¡Estoy celoso! ¡Adios!
Persona B: ¡Hasta luego!
During my first year of teaching almost 10 years ago, I knew that learning through music was an extremely powerful way to engage students and produce lasting learning results. Teaching in an urban school setting, I began taking popular songs and changing the lyrics to match language learning objectives. I added visual aids and TPR motions to the songs and was amazed at the results. This week, I am releasing a new music video featuring a song I recorded back in 2006. The initial target demographic was for upper elementary students in a FLES elementary Spanish program. Check out a preview of the song below. Senor Ashby subscribers have full access to the song here.
In addition to this song, I also have begun to develop song resources for my Paco y Anita Rap. Thus far, I have just added the lyrics, as well as a powerpoint with lyrics and visual aids. I plan to expand this soon to lesson plan ideas and other resources. Senor Ashby subscribers can access the resources here. Check out the Paco y Anita Rap below.
I am excited to release two new songs this week about present tense stem-changers! The first is my "o to ue" stem-changing rap and it is available on youtube. Check it out below.
"The second song is my "e to i" stem-changing rap. A youtube preview is available below, and the full version is available for www.senorashby.com subscribers.
Look for my "e to ie" stem-changing rap to be released in the coming weeks! These songs tie in well with my Gringolicious music video and resource packet. You can check that out here.
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About Señor Ashby:
I am a K-12 Spanish educator specializing in creativity. I am passionate about learning through technology, music, and innovation. I have taught Spanish to K-12, and am a two time finalist for online teacher of the year (2011, 2014). l live in West Michigan with my wife and our four energetic boys!