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Welcome and hi! I’m Erin, the teacher behind the Engaged Spanish Classroom

Hi! My name is Erin Coleman and I am the teacher-author behind The Engaged Spanish Classroom. 


I am a social worker turned high school Spanish teacher and cross country / hockey coach! I am in my 9th year teaching Spanish grades 9-12.

I absolutely love my job, my students, and my coworkers. I have a very hard time getting up at 5:15 each morning, and during those few minutes I don’t enjoy my job… however as soon as I am at school I am happy to be there. I never have to hope for the day to go by faster, as each class flies by. (One of my secrets is that I always try to over-prepare, so that there are never dull moments in class.)

In my teaching practice, I focus on building positive relationships with my students before anything else.

I try to be honest with myself; Spanish is not going to be every student’s favorite or priority subject. Some students will absolutely love my class and be self-motivated, while others are simply taking it for credit. And that’s ok! It doesn’t change my role.

What it does mean is that I need to understand my student’s needs. I need to understand that their enthusiasm toward the language may not match mine and that’s OK. Of course I liked Spanish in high school — obviously, I became a Spanish teacher — but I need to recognize that some students are in my class simply to pass. I need to get to know my students, and adapt to their needs. There is no “wrong reason” for sitting in my classroom, and I will work with them toward their goals even if they differ from my own.

If I build a relationship with each student at the start of the year, then hopefully I can make the class a little more bearable for them. Maybe enjoyable, even 🙂

My goal for this page is to share more about the “how” and “why” behind my teaching. I love sharing strategies for engaging your students, but I also hope to share strategies that will help you save time and enjoy your job each day. Teaching is hard enough as it is; I hope to give you some strategies to make it easier.

I also want to remind you to embrace and enhance your self-care. I will remind you to treat yourself with grace, to be patient with yourself, and to give to yourself. I hope you will find some solace here, as well as the reassurance that you are enough. You are good enough, you are working hard enough, and your students are learning enough.

You are enough for your students. I promise! And I am so glad you are here.

Please feel free to share this post with your world language teacher colleagues and friends!
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  • Hey Erin! I'm excited for you about your new blog – congrats! Thanks for inviting us all into your world. It sounds like we share the same students. I work in an urban Title 1 district in MI. However, it's my…aging myself here…20th year. Time flies! You're doing an awesome job, and your students are lucky to have you! Keep it up! 🙂

  • Erin, I'm so glad I came across your blog. I've been looking for inspiration for ways to increase participation and engagement in Spanish class. Thank you for the posts- I've got lots of great ideas already and can't wait for more posts!


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My name is Erin and I have 10 years of experience teaching high school Spanish. I love building positive student relationships and bringing a bit of fun into my lessons to keep my students engaged!

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