Holy moly, what a year! We just finished up Sr. Wooly's 9th school year, and we could not be more pleased! Here are a just a few things that we accomplished this past year:
It's time to spill the beans: For the past 4 months, Juan Carlos Pinilla and I have been creating a new graphic novel about a well-known Sr Wooly character. It’s the most ambitious, detailed and complex project either of us have ever taken on, and bringing it to fruition has pretty much consumed both of our lives.
During Wooly Week 2019, we released comprehensive lesson plans. Although those lesson plans have been removed from the stories page, you can still find them here at the following links:
As Wooly Week draws to a close, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks and also applause to all of you. Whether you stuck it out for the whole week, or whether you just dipped your toes in one or two of the activities, I thank you all for taking some risks this week and for trying something new. We've done Wooly Week before, but we've never done Wooly Week like this. I hope that you had a good experience.
WOOLY WEEK, DAY 5! And we are keeping the awesome experiences going right to the end...and even beyond.
IT'S DAY FOUR OF WOOLY WEEK!! And we are not slowing down in the slightest. In fact, today might be the biggest day so far.
WOOLY WEEK DAY THREE!! That's right, we're only half-way through this Wooly extravaganza, and we're not nearly done with the fun and games.
Today is the SECOND DAY of Wooly Week! Two days in and the weeklong celebration of all things Wooly is just getting warmed up!
It's finally here! The 3rd annual Week starts TODAY!!
The Wooly Week lesson plans are live!
The 3rd Annual Wooly Week will be February 4 to 8, and we have quite a few fun things to share with you.
To celebrate the start of the new school year, we just released
If you have a minute, I'd love to tell you about to Señor Wooly PRO.
Learning a new website can be intimidating, but if you take the time to watch these very short tutorial videos, you'll be a pro in no time.
For the first time ever, we here at Señor Wooly are dipping our toes into French!
With the help of over one hundred Wooly Raffle participants, we have officially finished Me Duele 2!
Winners of the 2018 Wooly Raffle
Thank you to everyone who participated!
All winners will be contacted early next week.
The Wooly Raffle
Just like last year, we wanted to celebrate Wooly Week with a raffle that's as absurd as we are.
New Music Video:
Seis Veces Al Día
As you probably guessed, I'm a bit of a film geek.
Today is the 3rd day of Wooly Week!!
A Sneak Peek of
THE. BIG. VIDEO.
People have been requesting this video for years. And, truthfully, we really tried to have it ready for Wooly Week. However, it quickly became clear that, to do this amazing story justice, we needed a little more time.
Today is the SECOND day of Wooly Week!! Every day this week we will release something completely new.
With 25 music videos, it's very easy for newcomers to not know where to start. What video should you watch first? What is the appropriate level for your students?
I encourage you to watch this video blog, in which I help to answer this question.
The 2nd Annual Wooly Week starts TODAY!! But you've waited long enough. Let's talk about what's new.
Gorro, the devoted best friend of Billy la Bufanda, only wishes for two things in life. First, he wants to help Billy find his beloved boots. Second, he wants to keep your head warm.
In this first video tutorial, you'll learn where all of Sr. Wooly's music videos are stored.
Picking your first Sr. Wooly story is daunting. Which ones will appeal to your students? Which ones will fit into your current curriculum? Watch this video to get advice on how to pick your first story.
Want to search Sr. Wooly videos by title, grammatical or thematic tag? This video will teach you all you need to know.
In this tutorial, we'll show you where to find all video resources, including the hidden pop-up videos and the ganga girls challenge!
A breakdown of all the downloadable resources, including the supplementary packet, embedded readings and more. NOTE: The majority of these resources are available only to PRO subscribers.
You can't have student accounts if you're not attached to a school. This tutorial will show you how.
Don't want students calling you by your first name? Then it's time to create your display name.
Peronalize your account by changing your profile image. Plus, this tutorial video will show you why doing so is a good idea.
You're almost ready to set up your student accounts. Let's create our classes next. This video will show you how.
Before you let your students create their accounts, decide which videos you want them to have access to.
The default behavior is to only have SenorWooly.com collect the initial of students' last names. However, there is an option to use full last names. This video will talk you through the steps.
Creating assignments is easy peasy. Let us show you how.
This video will teach you all you need to know about editing assignments.
Now that you know how to create assignments and edit them, let me show you why you don't need assignments at all, if you don't want them.
Ready to unlock your classes for registration and get your students signed up? Watch this video!
A brief overview of the student dashboard.
Nuggets are the core of the student curriculum. Watch this video to learn more about them.
As students progress through the curriculum, they will earn badges. This video will teach you what you need to know.
When students complete activities, they earn Wooly coins. And they can use those Wooly coins to purchase new avatars. Watch this video to learn more.
Need to move a student to another class? Watch this way to learn two methods.
How do you change a class proficiency level? How do you change an individual student's proficiency level? And what if they have already begun work? What happens to their progress if I change their level? Watch this video to become an expert on the subject.
Archiving a class is not the same as deleting a class! Learn the difference!
Want to send announcements to your students? Watch this video to learn how.
Can students transfer their accounts to new teachers? Yes they can, assuming the new teacher has a Sr. Wooly PRO account! This video will show you the somewhat tricky steps to make it work.
Want to view your students' progress on the nuggets and on your specific assignments? Watch this video!
Learn about the our downloadable CSV feature so you can gain access to even more student progress even faster.
As a teacher, would you like to see what the activities are in the nuggets? Watch this video to learn.
Can you assign only certain nuggets to students? Can you have them skip over some of the early nuggets? Kind of! Watch this video to learn all about it.
My newest 114-page graphic novel, La Casa de La Dentista, is officially available for preorder!
The winners have been selected!
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this contest. We had a very large turnout, far bigger than we expected, and we wish we could have given a prize to everyone. To all those you participated, thank you for the time and enthusiasm that you put into this contest. Wooly Week and the Wooly Raffle were a ridiculous amount of work, and you all made every second of it worth it. Thank you so much for everything.
The Wooly Raffle
To properly celebrate Wooly Week, I wanted to do something a little offbeat with this raffle. This is not some run-of-the-mill raffle to win, say, a DVD.
We have reached the final day of Wooly Week, and I have one last thing to share with you.
It's the second-to-last day of Wooly Week, and buckle up, because I have a LOT to share.
We're at the midpoint of Wooly Week, and I've got quite the surprise for you.
It's the 2nd Day of Wooly Week!
Wooly Week starts TODAY!! But enough hype. Let's get started.
Interrogatives are some of the hardest words for Spanish students to acquire.
Sure, you could just kick back and watch ¿Puedo ir al baño? again. But what if there was another way? What if, instead, you could pull out your guitar and play it live? Can you imagine it? You would become a legend.
Well, stop imagining.
Many people have told me that, although they're incredibly excited about the new Billy y las Botas graphic novel, they aren't necessarily sure how to teach with one. And I totally get that. It's a new medium, one in which the majority of the story is told through visuals, not dialogue. It's for this reason that I spent the last month creating an 18-part video tutorial series on how to teach with a comic book!
You may have seen the music video, Billy y Las Botas, but you don't know the entire story!
If you used student accounts last year, you likely are getting ready to clear our old student accounts to make room for new ones. This video tutorial will show you how. Length: 3:06
Sr. Wooly talks about the need for graphic novels in second language classrooms. Length: 2:59
Sr. Wooly explains why he wrote the graphic novel with an emphasis on visuals. Length: 2:11
Why you need to hold off on letting students read the book. Length: 1:06
How to pull Spanish out of the visuals instead of relying on the dialogue. Also, an introduction to the Circling Guide. Length: 3:47
In this tutorial, we finally get into the classroom with Carrie Toth and her students. Carrie will pre-teach some key phrases and vocabulary that students will need for the activities ahead. This tutorial is also a primer on teaching with comprehensible input. Length: 5:40
Carrie Toth models how to bring a scene to life through Reader's Theater. Length: 6:51
An additional video on pre-teaching, this time with a focus on the structure "se pone". For those experienced in teaching with comprehensible input, you probably don't need to watch this video. However, if these concepts are new to you, this video will have essential review alongside a handful of new ideas. Length: 5:24
Although this activity might look similar to pre-teaching on the surface, there is one big difference. We're going to ask "WHY?" Length: 4:54
At a certain point, you just have to let students read the graphic novel. Length: 1:34
Most likely you have played Matamoscas (or Flyswatter) in one form or another in your classroom. Here are some practical ideas on how to adapt it for a comic book. Length: 3:24
Total Physical Response is one of the easiest activities to implement in the classroom. Just tell your students to do stuff, and they do it! Length: 4:38
Volleyball is probably the single most concrete idea in this entire series. It's easy-to-learn, easy-to-implement, and it's a phenomenal way to ensure that all students understand all of the comic book. Length: 4:29
It's one thing to read a comic book. It's another thing to have students assemble the comic book! Length: 2:35
A low-pressure activity to get students beginning to speak. Lenth: 3:30
In Fishbowl, we begin to push our students to give more verbal output. Length: 3:01
Our final verbal output activity puts students on the hotseat! Length: 3:57
In this quirkly activity, students get to alter the comic book to make new, weird and funny combinations. Length: 1:24
The conclusion to this video tutorial series. Length: 0:46
UPDATE (4/21): The game now works in Safari!
This week, I release a fun Behind-the-Scenes video for Ya Está Muerto. It doesn't have much educational value for Spanish, but it does provide insight into how much work and time goes into these productions.
I have a very important secret to share you guys, but under no circumstances can you tell your students.
Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of working with the extremely talented Juan Carlos Pinilla Melo.
Teachers and students have been begging me to make a sequel to Billy y las Botas since 2012.
In 2005, I created this short video to introduce my class expectations in a fun way. It was one of the first videos I ever created, and it is still one of my favorites.
This song is a simple rhythm combined with a melodic chant that was designed to teach the present tense conjugations of IR (to go).
This song is a simple rhythm combined with a melodic chant that was designed to teach the present tense conjugations of SER (to be)
La Casa del Sr. Wooly was the very first video I ever made for my Spanish classes.
UPDATE: Feb 6, 2017. This song now has an official music video! Since the song/video is now fully supported as part of the Sr. Wooly curriculum, this blog page is now officially deprecated, and will be deleted soon.
This song is a simple rhythm combined with a melodic chant that was designed to teach the present tense conjugations of AR, ER, and IR verbs.
La Salvavidas is a song from my first album, Billy la Bufanda y Amigos. It's a catchy little song about a boy who falls in love with a lifeguard. It was very much inspired The Sandlot, a great little movie that I've seen far more times that I'd like to admit.
This song is a simple rhythm combined with a melodic chant that was designed to teach the present tense conjugations of PONER.
This song is a simple rhythm combined with a melodic chant that was designed to teach the preterit tense conjugations of IR.
This song is a simple rhythm combined with a melodic chant that was designed to teach the preterit tense conjugations of hacer.
This song is a simple rhythm combined with a melodic chant that was designed to teach the present tense conjugations of HACER.
¿Dónde queda el museo? is a song from my first album, Billy la Bufanda y Amigos. It's a simple rhythmic song to teach prepositional phrases.
Odio la clase de español is a song from my second album, Billy la Bufanda Presenta Más Amigos. It's a silly little song about a kid in Spanish class that, well, hates Spanish class.
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My newest music video, La Invitación is here!!
This new video tutorial will teach you a fantastic activity for reviewing numbers called ¡ARRIBA!.
If you only use my videos and songs, you’re not even close to touching the sheer quantity of resources available on this site.
Reviews of my music video, ¡Es Una Ganga! are all across the map. Some teachers have told me me that their students have never responded so positively to one of my videos, and others are telling me that it’s the worst thing I have ever made.
This new video tutorial will teach students a fantastic conversational activity called Una Ganga.
Sr. Wooly’s seventh activity is a unique take on the jigsaw puzzle. Unlike other activities in this series, this one requires very little explanation. Although there is nothing particularly ground-breaking about this puzzle, I think you’ll find that it’s simple, easy-to-administer, and valuable. I hope you like it.
Today I'll show you a game called Noventa y Nueve. It’s a really fun, addictive little card game that’s great for reviewing numbers.
Today’s video tutorial is the first, all-out competitive game that I have presented in this video series. And, for that reason, it absolutely will not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, in my opinion, it is ridiculously fun for both teacher and student.
What if I told you that there was an activity that you could easily implement with any age group, deeply engage all students for an extended period of time, and guarantee a much-needed tranquil classroom environment on that crazy Friday afternoon?
This activity is adapted from an old theater game. It's extremely easy to implement, it’s also applicable to any age group and level of study. Quite simply, this is a fun and structured way to allow students to share their opinions.
This week’s activity teaches a concentration activity that is perfect for reinforcing any type of sequential vocabulary such as numbers, days of the week, etc. It’s a great supplementary activity to the video Las Excusas, since as you’ll see in the video below, it’s perfect for teaching ordinal numbers.
Assuming you are willing to sing in front of your students a little, this is a great activity that requires no preparation, no materials, and very little instruction. It’s also a phenomenal way to start the class.
Although SenorWooly.com has only been around for a couple of years, I have actually been making educational music since 2006. However, over these 6 years, my ideas on how to write my stuff have changed quite a bit.
Putting aside the ridiculous, attention-getting title of this post, there is of course no doubt that exposing students to authentic, native speaker materials is essential in any student’s Spanish education.