Beginning of the Year Reflections

October 11, 2016

So I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. School is in full swing and things have gotten pretty hectic on my end. My students are slowly getting used to the routines I implement in my classes, and we’re falling into a nice rhythm. So I guess this is as good a time as any to reflect on how things have gone so far.

My 1s are in the middle of Etapa 1A, which is the first “real” chapter that lets them get a better idea of what to expect for the rest of the year. They have their first vocabulary quiz today. Some of them have been asking me if spelling counts. (Um, hello. Yes. What did you expect taking a language class?) So I think they’re freaking out a bit about how that’s going to work.

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Part of the Choice board is that students can create a meme for my Wall of Memes based on the current chapter’s grammar/vocabulary

My 2s are at the beginning of the Project-Based Learning adventure. I just put my Etapa 6A Choice Board live on my Google Classroom, so now the fun begins and the real work happens. I’ve already realized how I may have to tweak things and give them reminders about stuff that I (stupidly) assumed they would be able to figure out. For example, how to make a copy of a Google Doc for certain assignments attached to their Choice Boards. They initially complained when I announced that there was homework, but when I explained it more, the groans seemed to subside. A little.

 

The grammar flipbooks turned out pretty good. We shall see if/how much the kids actually use them as we continue on. I’m considering doing a Grammar Flipbook for Midterm Review (when we eventually get there). If they find the ones we did at the beginning of the year were useful, then I might do another version.

To wrap this up, I’ll put a question out there for those of you reading this. I encourage you to comment and put in your metaphorical two cents. My question is: What has been your biggest teaching triumph so far this year?

I can’t put my finger on one moment that’s stood out to me yet, but I guess if I had to say one thing, it’s that I really like my homeroom group. They’re one of my classes of 2s and I would like to think that part of the reason they are such a personable, amazing group of kids who work well as a team is because of the ice-breakers we did at the beginning of the year. Granted, they had already been in class with each other for one year prior to having me as a teacher, so they somewhat knew each other. But still, I would like to think that part of their amazing teamwork and overall jovial nature as a group would be because of how I talk to them on their level and I’m straight with them about how they’re my guinea pigs with this whole crazy adventure. And I would like to think they appreciate the honesty from me.

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