My name is Melissa. I am a first grade teacher. I have been teaching for five years in dual language immersion district.About 80% of our students are native Spanish speakers, and receive literacy instruction in Spanish. All of my students work together in English and Spanish with the goal of being bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. I created this blog to help all bilingual teachers. As a bilingual teacher we don't have many resources available. Most of it we have to translate or is teacher made. I found that blogging is an excellent resources for sharing ideas.
TABE is an acronym for Texas Association for Bilingual Education. This year it was held in near my hometown. TABE is an organization to help people who are interested in Bilingual Education. They share and exchange ideas for more effective implementation. Different sessions occur to acquire ideas to implement in one/two way dual language classrooms. I was honored to attend this year. I have never attended and was pleased. There are different exhibitors to exhibit different materials to use in the classroom. I was honored to come across Bilingual Planet. I had previous came across them through searching for bilingual material. I was honored when they added my blog to their site under teacher resources. I went to their station to greet them and explain who I was. They were so happy to meet me in person. They are really nice people. I am thankful for their hospitality. My gratitude is immense and can't thank them enough. I am so happy to have their material in my classroom. They will be useful. Bilingual material is so limited that sometimes as teachers we have to translate them. I love their material and its so kids friendly.In the pictures is Dolly Loaiza author from products from Bilingual Planet and myself.