As I continue to add to this blog, I hope to share with you the specifics of how I am keeping students accountable. I plan to have checklists along the way for how I plan to keep track of students’ progress and proficiency. Since I know there are certain grammar concepts/vocabulary that the students need to know, I hope to post here how I am ensuring they pass certain checkpoints and demonstrate their proficiency.
Since we use Google Platform for Education in my district and the students are given Chromebooks as part of a 1:1 initiative, I hope to use this platform for a method of students submitting work in order to complete their checkpoints and earn their points.
July 2 2016: Google Classroom handouts
In preparation for the upcoming year, I have edited the handouts that I will use for my students to initially join my Google Classroom. This will be my first time using Google Classroom, and with this new format that I’m using to teach my class, I hope that it will be helpful for students to digitally submit their work. A sample handout can be found here.
While I know that I will not have a totally paperless classroom, I hope that using Google Classroom can help me use less paper overall. I cannot begin to fathom how much paper I used just last year alone, but the numerous comments by my students tell me that they realize how much we use.
July 30 2016: Dream House Theme Project
As I was discussing my blogging adventure with my parents last night, they started to give me some good ideas to tweak my Dream House theme project and turn it into a group project rather than an individual one. (In talking to the other Spanish teacher who taught 7th grade Spanish 1 last year, she was telling me how each one of her classes–the students that I will inherit this year–were 36 (!!!) kids each.) I decided that turning this into a group project will make it easier to get through the final presentations than having to sit through 72 individual ones. Also, it supports the real-world angle of a workplace environment. I think the students will enjoy the real-world aspect, and the other idea that was thrown out was to show them example idea boards complete with samples of material (carpet colors/types, wallpaper, color schemes, etc.) to get them thinking in the right direction.
November 4 2016: Choice Boards
So my 2s just turned in their first Choice Boards (see post here on how that went). I think it went well overall. The Choice Board for our first chapter, Etapa 6A, went decently well considering it was a first try. Each chapter will be slightly different, depending on if there are Common Assessment activities that are required to do or what types of resources are available for use with the chapter that I’ve found. The rubric that I used for the speaking activities can be found here. It’s meant to be generic so I can apply it to whatever activities I end up using. It also gives the students decent feedback on pronunciation, grammar, and other similar skills.
February 16 2017: Planning for What’s to Come
As mentioned in my most recent blog post, I talk about how teaching is a reflective process. One of the ways that I like to keep track of things is by using a Google Doc that I create and call “To Do for Next Year”. This is where I keep track of ideas related to planning. For example, if I find that a lesson is better done in a different order or I want to change things up for next year, I put that in a Google Doc. That way, when I review this document over the summer, it helps me remember what I want to change or do differently. I will also periodically review or add to it during the current school year to keep everything fresh in my mind or add to it as I come up with ideas. There are generally two sections: “To Do for Next Year” and “Ideas for Next Year” which includes ideas for incorporating different activities into the various chapter themes, as well as various resources I could use as part of those topics.