Incorporating Spanish and English in the classroom


I am currently in a Head Start classroom for my placement and am teaching three and four year olds. Many of these students are bilingual and speak both Spanish and English. My cooperating teacher tries to incorporate both languages throughout the day and overall I feel it connects the students and the teachers better.

The question I have is, How does speaking different languages in the classroom benefit the students?

Classroom Routines

As the students start their day they sit around the circle carpet and do their daily good mornings. After this, they begin to go over their schedule for the day and eventually sing a goodmorning song. The students sing a morning song in Spanish saying goodmorning to their classmmates and teachers completely in Spanish. The students that speak Spanish can connect the bridges from what they hear at home and now what they are doing in school; and students that speak in only English get the chance to begin learning another language. Throuhgout the day the teachers will also speak in Spanish when giving short instructions; things like: walk, go, sit, thank you, please, play, bathroom time, etc. These short sayings give students a chance to learn more Spanish and value other cultures.

Reflecting/ researching my question

After doing some research and reading this article , I have developed a better understanding of the benefits of using multiple languages during the day. Many benefits can come from learning different languages and some of the ones that stood out to me were the idea to close the achievement gap, memories grow stronger, and students can learn new cultures while improving their empathy. Although these are not the only benefits that come from learning multiple languages they were some of the ones that would influence me as a teacher to try to incorporate different languages in my own class. 

I really enjoyed watching this video!

Why Students Should Learn a Second Language

It’s a myth that learning a new language interferes with a child’s development.

Mathewson, T. (2015, October 7). Valuing Both Spanish and English in the Classroom. Retrieved by -latino-ed-beat/valuing-both-spanish-and-english-classroom

My Educational Gurus!

Welcome back!

Ever since I was in elementary school I have had the dream to become a teacher to inspire, encourage, and teach my students to the best of their abilities like my teachers did with me. The first person that inspired me to become a teacher was my fourth grade teacher. My fourth grade teacher was incredible and made every lesson interesting to her students. She kept us engaged, increased our collaboration and made us all genuinly enjoy coming and participating in school.

Once I began college, I began learning a lot about educational theorist and pedagogies. The main one that I connect to is Lev Vygotsky and his theory about Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). This theory speaks to me because I feel it is vital to have all of the students in a classroom in a zone that they are learning and being pushed. This theory states how students should be in a zone that they can complete activities and learn with only “some” assistance. This theory also supports my views on the importance of differentiation and adjusting activities on an individual basis in order for every student to be pushed to their highest ability.

With this theory I also think that the ZPD is where many students have “lightbulbs” go off. One of the things that I love about teaching is when a student can finally understand a new concept and you as a teacher can witness the joy your student gets from learning.

When thinking about people who speak the truth to me, I trust that my professors, my co-op teachers and the theorist I study can help me grow and learn the best. I listen to the many different ideas I have learned and seen, and have an idea of what I want my future classroom to look like. I also understand that with time comes changes and although I have ideas on how to teach and the kind of teacher I want to be now, in the future I want to grow and constantly learn new and improved ways to learn and teach.

Overall, there have been many people, theories, observations, and ideas that have influenced my reasons for wanting to teach. I have a passion for studying these ideas because it is essential to learn different plans and ways to teach in order to become the best teacher possible for my future students.

Hello world!

Hello Everyone, welcome! My name is Haley Peachey. I am a junior at Millersville University and I am  majoring in Early childhood Education. This semester I will be posting about my experiences and lots of different things for my ERCH 496 class. Hope you enjoy and learn something new from my blog!