How I Accomplish this Mission
Engaging Teaching Approaches
Comprehensible Input (CI) is the foundation of my teaching practice, promoting natural language acquisition by providing students with captivating and accessible content in the target language. This approach enables students to learn Spanish in a way that mimics how we acquire our first language, making the learning process feel more intuitive and enjoyable.
Instead of overwhelming students with complex grammar rules that actually hinder language acquisition, I introduce essential grammar concepts in a balanced manner, integrating them into context-driven activities, and focusing always on authentic use first. This allows students to develop a solid foundation in Spanish mechanics while keeping the focus on meaningful communication.
Incorporating varied activities such as storytelling, role-playing, music, games, and creative projects caters to diverse learning styles and preferences. In every class, students practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking to develop well-rounded language skills, building their confidence in using the language effectively.
Nurturing Learning Environments for Homeschool Students
Understanding the unique needs of homeschool students, I am committed to fostering a supportive and nurturing learning atmosphere that encourages students to feel safe and seen. By building trust and rapport, I create an environment that promotes open communication, collaboration, and respect. This approach enables students to thrive academically and socially, as they develop strong connections with their peers and a sense of belonging within the learning community.
Intrinsic Motivation and Student Success
Designing lessons that elicit intrinsic motivation and incorporate elements fostering autonomy, mastery, and purpose ensures students are driven by their innate curiosity and passion for learning.
By carefully crafting lessons that meet the specific needs of homeschool students, I empower them to become successful language learners and compassionate global citizens.