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May 18 2011

For all the Spanish teachers out there

You are very brave.

In my experience, it’s hard enough to manage behavior when the class is in English.  But in another language?  Doubly hard.

So here’s a question I’m posing: is it possible to be an excellent Spanish teacher without being a little terrifying?

As a student myself and as a school employee, I have seen more than a few Spanish teachers.  Only two would I even rate as above average.  The first, my Spanish teacher for 11th and 12th grade, scared the bejeezus out of me.  Anyone who wasn’t serious about Spanish transferred out after the first week.  You just did not want to mess around in her class.  And lo and behold, I learned enough Spanish to pass the AP Language test junior year and the AP Lit test senior year.  I was scared smart.

The other teacher, at the school I currently work at, just goes by Maestra.  You do not, I repeat, not want to mess with Maestra.  She’s got this maraca that she just shakes at you while she yells, “Silencio!  Cuando yo hablo, ustedes callense! (or something like that…I’m a little rusty on my subjunctive and when to use it).  I get the heebie jeebies just walking by her class.  But wow do the kids respond.

Note: my question for the post is not really serious.  Although it’s true that I haven’t seen a Spanish teacher win the kids with love.   I’d certainly like to.

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  1. justcallmemaestra

    That’s my intention. I’ll keep you posted! :)

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