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18 awesome TV shows in Spanish

14 Sep

The list: netflix.pdf

TV list

What it’s about:

I created a list of made-in-Spanish shows that are currently on Netflix, and added short descriptions. I shared it with my students before summer, and will pass it out again now. I’ve also thought of showing a trailer or two to try to see if it grabs interest.

I know of some schools that are allowing students to watch the episodes in class, but I don’t think I’d have time in my classes even if I could get permission. However, if you are showing them in class, check out the activity I posted about for movies: Quick Prep for a Movie

I want them to see that not all shows in Spanish are like the stereotypical telenovelas.

My personal favorites are El gran hotel, Lady la vendedora de rosas, and La esclava blanca. But I’ve watched enough of the others to be able to make recommendations. Certain students are fascinated that there’s a series about a secret ministry working for the king of Spain that travels time to correct inconsistencies.

By the way, no denying it, I deliberately left off all of the drug and cartel-themed programs. I don’t like the stereotype of all Latinos being drug dealers and cartel members and feel like a big part of that comes from the popularity of those shows.

I left it blank on top for others to use, but my own contains a disclaimer. I am only letting students know what’s out there and that they are expected to review their viewing choices with a parent, as I am unaware of the ratings or age-appropriateness of the shows, or of what is considered appropriate in their own homes.

Enjoy! Let me know what your own favorites are, especially if they’re not on my list.

Meanwhile, can anyone find out why we can’t view Soy Luna or Violetta here in the States? They are Disney programs made-in-Spanish and available on Netflix in other countries. Soy Luna would be really fun to share with students!



Classroom Dashboard

19 Aug


Here is a tutorial about creating a Dashboard. You’ll need some experience in Powerpoint to understand the tutorial, but it also teaches a lot of simple tips that many regular Powerpoint users aren’t aware of. 

Create a Classroom Dashboard in Powerpoint from Vallarie Sevilla on Vimeo.

Examples & Shares

Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate image created by Val Sevilla

Since posting this, I have been asked about sharing my own dashboard. I’ve experimented with a few, so I am putting them in a folder to share, but many of my own have images related to our school as well. My favorite creation is the Yerba Mate that I added to my desk this year, so it is in the folder as well. I created an ending slide that shows the Mate finished up. All files are found here: Dashboards

What’s it about?

As my traditional students enter the room, they see something like this: 

SP2 Q3

And as my online students check the announcements, they see something like this: 


In the classroom, the Dashboard is on the screen letting students know the objectives, warm-up, word-of-the-day, homework, and upcoming due dates.

Online, it presents a clear picture of what needs to be done each day and where to find things. I found that online students frequently skim the page so I wanted to make my announcements more “skimmable”.

And it’s quick and easy to update! I created an overall design, then saved it as an image, like this one, which was customized for a friend. :0)


With the image as my background in Powerpoint, I just drag and drop, or modify text as needed before the next class session. For example, I move the homework from tonight to the box for what needs to be turned in, and the next quiz is dragged from the upcoming dates text. Then I add in any new homework and change the date. I have a full list of what needs to be turned in throughout the quarter, and then I just remove items from the list as they happen.

Please share your image in the comments if you make a Dashboard of your own! I’d love to see more designs. And feel free to ask if you run into any problems making it.

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