As the end of the school year approaches, many teachers get very busy with all of the different activities that seem to get piled on as the school year comes to a close. We also get very excited with anticipation about closing out another year of teaching Spanish. In short, the end of the year can be a very distracting time. This is unfortunate because the end of the school year should be a time for reflection. Reflection is one of the most important teaching strategies that you can utilize. Reflection gives you the opportunity to ask yourself, “What is working in my teaching? What is not working? What do I need to change and how can I do it? What do I want my students to come away with when they are finished with my class?”

The end of the school year is the opportune time to ask these kinds of questions because the answers are fresh in your mind. Through reflection you not only ask yourself meaningful questions, but you also plan specific actions that will address the answers. Doing so at this time of the year prepares you for the fall and eliminates one more thing that you will have to do at that busy time. So between all the end of the year parties, field trips, and presentations, try to carve out some time to reflect. Your teaching will improve, and the outcomes for your students will improve.

The Sonrisas Spanish Curriculum provides everything a school or district needs to implement a successful preschool, elementary, or middle school Spanish program.