“Living on One Dollar” Discussion Questions

“Living on One Dollar” Discussion Questions

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Hello and happy Saturday. When I started my brief period as a high school teacher I was struggling to get ideas for lessons. The academic term was already over so basically all the topics had been already covered by another teacher, there were no graded assignments, but there was still what felt to me like a long time before term tests and then the beginning of the new term.

It’s no secret that Netflix has become a teacher’s best friend when it comes to situations like the one I just described, especially when you have the app and you can just download the movies or documentaries you want to watch in class without the need to rely on internet access. But, hey, I wasn’t just going to play whatever and call it a day, so I actually looked for a documentary my students and I would find interesting and I would follow up said documentary with some discussion questions.

That’s how my TpT product, “Living On One Dollar” Discussion Questions came to life. I specifically used these questions to assess my students’ speaking skills, but you can set up a round-table kind of dynamic and ask questions for students to start a conversation on those topics. You can use them as writing prompt or even as the bases for bigger projects.

I was honestly surprised at some of the answers my students gave to me, and I learned things about them I wouldn’t have imagined in a million years, like the fact that they engage in social work and help underprivileged communities. If maybe you’re interested in the documentary, for teaching purposes or for personal ones, but you don’t have Netflix or aren’t sure if you want to watch it yet, you can click here and watch the trailer. And if you end up downloading my product and using it for your classes, let me know how everything went.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

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Teacher Binder Essentials

Teacher Binder Essentials

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Hello and happy Saturday. A few weeks ago, I posted about my new teacher notebook and how it has everything I can possibly need. I’ve used it for almost a month now in my new job and it is pretty awesome, but I know fancy notebooks like that one are expensive and not everyone wants to spend a ton of money on them. I also know that a notebook is not convenient for all teachers, and that some of us prefer a binder that we can customize.

In today’s post I bring you a little something to help you with your teacher binder. It’s literally an essentials pack, so you don’t have to sort through a bunch of formats just to select what you really consider necessary. You can check out the resource here .

Last year, I had a binder I put together both with free resources I found online and my own formats, that is, formats I created, which helped me be more organized in my job. I decided to share them with you and I really hope that you find them useful.

What do you get in this resource? You get both monthly and weekly planners. I personally use the monthly planners to write down school-wide events or deadlines I have, and the weekly planner for my own lessons. I also added weekends because I know that teachers have to go to school at least a Saturday or two a year, and that must go in the binder as well. I included a checklist, and if you’re like me, you never have enough of those, so know you can get as many copies of it as needed.

I’m a planner, so we all know I need to see the big picture, which means that monthly and weekly planners will only do as much. For that reason, I designed a yearly planning format. That’s what saved my sanity when I transitioned from my first to my second year as a teacher. Basically, during my first year, I would write down everything we did in class after it was over, and then I revised and rearranged that information, which is what I used to plan the following year. Using this format helped me reflect on what I’d done in class, and it served as a tool to improve the following year, but it was also a time saver in the sense that I already had the plan of what I was supposed to do, I just needed to make it more concrete.

I honestly hope that you find these formats useful. In the comments, let me know what you prefer to use for planning and keeping organized at work.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Story Creation Mini Unit

Story Creation Mini Unit

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Hello and happy Saturday. Today I want to share with you a resource I thought about a while ago and finally decided to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I got the idea of making this mini unit when I was a student teacher with second graders and we were working on the topic of story elements. I personally love this topic and I think there’s a lot to it that can be explored and exploited, so I created this set of worksheets that would be awesome as a final assessment or review exercise.

Basically, through the mini unit, students get to create their own story, but in order to do this, they must answer questions related to story elements such as who the characters are, what the setting will be, and so on. At the end, taking these elements into account, students will write and illustrate their own story. You can check out this product by clicking here.

In the comments below tell me what your thoughts are on the topic of story elements and how you teach it.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Hotel Transylvania Guess Who

Hotel Transylvania Guess Who

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Hello and happy Saturday. If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably obsessed with holidays, especially Halloween. And, if you’re anything like me, then you’re probably already looking for activities to do in the classroom during the month of October. That’s why I’ve decided to share with you, on the very first day of Halloween month, a fun little resource I created a while ago, which I think is perfect to combine play and work in the classroom.

 

There’s no denying that in anticipation to Halloween, students get a little crazy, and it’s totally understandable, but we still need to have class, and they still need to work. To me, students work best when they’re having fun and when they’re engaged, and what a

 

better way to get them engaged than by watching a Halloween movie?

As you could read in the title, my resource is based on the characters from Hotel Transylvania, which is one of my favorite Halloween movies, so actually the first thing students need to do is watch. Now, there are two versions of the activity; in one, students have to read the description of each character, write their name and make a drawing; while in the simplified version, they have to trace the name of the character and color the picture already in the worksheet. You get both versions when you download the product, which you can do by clicking here.

 

 

I know there are many Halloween movies out there, so if you’d like me to create a resource based on one, let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Estudio del Libro “Volar”

Estudio del Libro “Volar”

Volar Cover.jpgHola y feliz sábado. En este blog por lo general comparto ideas y material que he creado acerca de libros en inglés, porque para ser honesta la mayoría de libros que leo son en este idioma. Hace unos años, de hecho, intenté hacer un blog en español, pero después de algunas publicaciones lo dejé y me dediqué al 100% a escribir en inglés.

En esta oportunidad, aprovechando que durante este todas mis publicaciones van a ser en español, quiero hablarles sobre Volar, el último libro de Yolanda Reyes, y del material que creé para trabajar con él.

Volar es uno de esos libros que a partir de cierta edad, más o menos los ocho años en mi opinión, cualquier persona podría leer y disfrutar. Es corto y el lenguaje es sencillo sin ser excesivamente fácil. Lo que quiero decir es que es un libro que está bien escrito, que respeta el hecho de que está dirigido a lectores más jóvenes sin caer en la simplificación en la que muchas veces caen los libros para niños.

Es una historia que bien podría leerse en una hora o menos, y que precisamente por ese motivo se me hace perfecto para que los profesores lo trabajen en su clase. Por eso desarrollé un estudio de libro al que pueden acceder haciendo click aquí  . Como siempre, el formato de los estudios de libro que tengo en mi tienda de Teachers Pay Teachers incluye preguntas de pre y post lectura, así como preguntas de discusión para cada capítulo o sección del libro.

Este es el primer producto en español que desarrollo y pongo a la venta, pero me gustaría en el futuro tener más material disponible en este idioma. ¿Qué tipo de productos les gustaría ver en mi tienda de Teachers Pay Teachers? ¡Háganmelo saber en los comentarios!

Feliz sábado,

Con amor, Miss Camila

Soccer Players Mix & Match

Soccer Players Mix & Match

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Hello and happy Saturday. I know you’re probably watching a World Cup match right now, so I’ll keep this post short and sweet. My name is Camila and I am genuinely into soccer. Yes, I occasionally watch other sports, but my absolute favorite is soccer, or football, which is how every country in the world but the US calls it.

I got into soccer in 2015, when I was a student-teacher, and I was able to work with second-grade boys. In Colombia, most boys that age have one thing in mind: soccer. They were the shirts from their favorite teams and players, they discuss the latest matches and news, and obviously in recess they play soccer.

It was because of those students I had over three years ago that I created the first version of my Soccer Player Mix & Match, which is now available in my TpT store. You can check it out by clicking here. I truly believe that students are more successful when we present them with topics they are passionate about, and when we combine said passions with our academic goals. I believe that teachers are allowed to have fun in the classroom too, and that actually when we do, our students are even more engaged because they sense that we are into what we’re teaching.

In the comments below, tell me about a passion of yours, and the ways in which you integrate it with your students.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Call Me Miss Camila

Call Me Miss Camila

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Hello and happy Saturday. I’m exhausted but I feel super accomplished and excited today because I’m (finally) officially Miss Camila in TpT.

TpT stands for Teachers Pay Teachers, an awesome site I love because I have access to a ton of resources made by teachers like myself, and I can also create and sell my own products. I’ve had my store for a while now, and one of my objectives after quitting my job would be to dedicate that extra free time I had to my little material development projects.

My store was originally called The Cool Teacher Diaries because that was the name of my teaching blog and Instagram. Now, when I created this unified blog and my unified Instagram account, I thought it would be nice to someday change the name of my TpT store as well, but I didn’t give much thought into actually doing it until a few months ago.

Changing the name of the store was easy, and took no time. The annoying, exhausting part was having to change each individual product as well as its cover design because these all had my old name. I procrastinated for quite a while, advancing on other TpT and blogging projects until today I decided that I just had to get my store’s name changed and move on with my life. So, yes, I’m finally Miss Camila in all of my public social media, which makes me super happy.

If you want to check out my store, click here. I’m always open to suggestions and requests in terms of the products you’d like to see in it.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila