At the start of my teaching career, I had students pick Spanish names, solely because I liked doing it when I was in Spanish class. It helped me connect to the language, and helped me focus on Spanish when in class. Twelve years down the road, and the activity has become so much more than that, I was inspired to try using nicknames instead of solely Spanish names by Bryce Hedstrom. Read on to find out what I think can be in a "name".
Why give students Spanish nicknames?
I love this activity and find I get a lot of value from it but I would like to make the process move more quickly. Next year I am going to try it slightly differently. I plan to have students write 'I want' and their top 3 names on a half sheet of paper. I will put them all in a 'sorting hat' (yes I am borrowing this from Harry Potter) and pull student names out of the hat. We will give the names in a similar format to that described above, but I think we will be able to move more quickly this way, as I will just be pulling the next student instead of calling on students (and they all BEG to be the first, or the second, or the third to get their name.
I also plan to create a class mural with the nicknames later this year. I want each student to 'draw' their nickname and write it in Spanish on the same sheet of butcher paper, I can hang these in the halls for quite a while (and have lots of students reading compelling input as they walk through the halls).
I hope this helps you, let me know if you think of ways to improve it or extensions!
Entering my 13th year in the classroom; I am a TPRS/CI Elementary Spanish Teacher. Passionate about TPRS/CI, Brain based learning, and using technology to bring the world to our students, and our students to the world.