My first year teaching I refused to hang up vocabulary on the walls. I INSISTED students memorize vocabulary. If there was a poster that had vocabulary on it, I would cover it if it was pertinent to a quiz/test.
My second year teaching I was at another school. I’m not sure why but I started putting up tons of posters to help my students. It was so much easier to have students look at a poster for the answer, than to repeat myself for the hundredth time.
As I am using TPRS this year, I needed to quickly help my students figure out those interrogative words (What, how, why, etc). However, I didn’t always want Spanish interrogatives stuck up on my wall with English meanings for forever. So I compromised.
This is what I ended up doing:
– I laminated the posters.
– I wrote the English meaning on the poster with a dry erase marker
– I also placed a second set on another wall, in the same order, in case students aren’t able to see the exact one I’m pointing to. This way they have a closer poster to look at.
I intend to erase the English translations off of one set of posters as the year progresses. I will leave one set up with English translations to assist my lower level students. I’m hoping to be able to erase English meanings off all posters, but I don’t know when or if that will be possible.
I have to say, these posters are really helping me in my TPRS journey! Already, my students know “quién” better than in previous years. I can’t wait to erase the English and see how well my students do!