In an effort to keep the learning experience of my students authentic and current, I am finding inspiration in retail trends and the products of small online businesses. Such is the case of NTJ Production by Johnny Lozada, a collection of hats with colloquial expressions in Spanish. I like teaching phrases like ¡Eso es! so that students cheer one another on, or ¡Bájale dos rayitas! as a reminder to keep the voice level requested during a specific activity.
Other authentic items that I like are coffee mugs with inspirational messages by Tilde & Co. that serve as pencil holders, as well as shirts like the ones designed by @arcanopalabras (on Instagram and Facebook) and Karla and Co. As you may have noticed, I have a special interest and commitment to support small businesses from Puerto Rico, especially after Hurricane María. However, we should not limit ourselves. Choose a Spanish speaking country of your preference, search your favorite social media platform, and find those items that will enrich the learning experience of your students while helping the local economy. ;-)