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About: Kelly A. Serrano

Kelly was born and raised in Ecuador, South America and moved to the United States when she was 18. While she obtained a bachelor degree in business administration and later worked in the private sector for a few years, deep inside she always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Kelly returned to school and obtained both teaching credentials and a master degree in education - she has not looked back ever since (well...a couple of times). Kelly's teaching journey has taken her many places over the last seven years, and this year she's moving to a dual-language school, which is the main reason she decided to start her own blog and create her own bilingual teaching resources.

Twitter: @learningintwo

Accessible Online Spanish Resources for Kids and Classrooms

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    When it comes to helping my dual language immersion students make sense of a topic in Spanish (besides using teaching resources purchased by the school), the Internet is my first ‘go to’ place. While there are thousands of resources out there, one is often left wondering which ones are worth spending money on (if purchase is required) and which ones one could access for free and use without compromising quality. I have come to narrow down a fewRead More ...

Tips For Non-Native Speakers with Children at Dual-Language Schools

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This past Monday was the orientation for parents with children entering kinder at my dual immersion school. It was quite a crowd as tons of eager parents walked through the school gate and headed toward the different kindergarten classrooms. What I loved about this big group was how diverse it was. For some reason there is a common misconception out there – that most children attending these types of schools are native speakers of the target language and this couldRead More ...

La Maestra’s Corner: Back to School Classroom Reveal

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Last week, I promised I would share my classroom with all of you. I have been working day AND night (including weekends) and, while I am not done, I wanted to share what I have accomplished so far. I put a lot of thought into the environment and how I really wanted to create a welcoming space. I hope you like it. As always, I would love to hear from you and read your comments/suggestions. Remember these? Now…the BIG reveal:Read More ...

La Maestra’s Corner: Top 5 Things Every Teacher Wants Parents to Know. Back to School – Part II

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Note: Next week, after all work is done, I am planning the big reveal of my classroom. I am SUPER excited! I have been spending quite a few hours in my classroom trying to get it ready for the new school year. It has really been Spring Cleaning in July (and August). At times I think that I took on more than I could handle, but envisioning the final product is what keeps me going (or at least that isRead More ...

A Teacher’s Back-to-School Must-Haves List

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This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Kleenex. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. It is that time of the year again and back-to-school shopping is around the corner. Whether you are getting started with your shopping or towards the end, I am sure this list will help you stay on budget. After all, how many pencils can a child need right? Throughout the years, teachers have become very creative when itRead More ...

La Maestra’s Corner: Let the Countdown Begin. Back to School – Part I

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You know school is about to start when the aisles at major retail stores look like a tornado just passed through them. Whether it is the clothing section or the supplies section, the smell of school is in the air. As a teacher, I am always running around looking for the latest deals on color pencils, markers, erasers, highlighters, you name it. This is the perfect occasion to stack up. For teachers, this is also the time to start planningRead More ...

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