Meridian Spanish students participate in Wooly week


photo by Ellie Fitzpatrick

Spanish two student, Kolbee Grider, cuts out his mask that he will use for the remainder of Wooly week. Grider chose a mask from a Señor Wooly music video that his class had watched in one of their previous Wooly Wednesdays.

This year, Meridian Spanish classes participate in Wooly week during March 2-6. Wooly week will engage Spanish students through puzzles, scavenger hunts, singing/karaoke, reader’s theatre (acting out the song), and much more.

Señor Wooly is an online learning program started by a Spanish teacher from the Chicago suburbs. The goal was to enhance learning in a creative and fun way while incorporating Spanish grammar and vocabulary.

“This is my first time participating in Wooly week. I am very excited! Although Señor Wooly has been around for over ten years, this is only the fourth ever Wooly week,” Bess Dotterweich,  Spanish teacher at Meridian said.

This year’s Wooly week will feature two new videos, one that is animated and one that is not. It will also have an entire curriculum for Wooly week.

“I like to use Wooly in class for many reasons. The material provides a good variety of activities for Spanish learning students to complete in the Spanish language,” Dotterweich said. “Students gain so much vocabulary by completing the activities and watching the Señor Wooly videos. I have seen evidence in writing samples from students.”

Some of the activities during Wooly week can get somewhat loud and can be heard from the hallway and surrounding classrooms.

“So, I would walk by the [Spanish] classroom and see the decorations on the door and you know, it really makes me wonder what’s going on in there. I don’t know what Wooly week is, but it looks fun,” Emery Johnson, a sophomore at Meridian said.

In addition to Wooly week, Spanish students also use their Wednesdays to explore different music videos that Señor Wooly offers.

“I feel like I’ve actually learned more from Señor Wooly than most of the other methods of teaching because I actually have had relatively good fun,” Jonah Brue, Spanish two student said. “The music’s pretty enjoyable, if not kind of creepy sometimes, but it’s always entertaining at least.”