Self-Reflection

The middle schools in my district do “Student Led Conferences” instead of “Parent-Teacher Conferences”. Students spend time creating portfolios of their work in each class and reflecting on it. At the conference, they present the portfolios to their parents before the teacher checks in to see if the parent has any questions or concerns (or…

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Spanish A Word List, Quarter 1

Yesterday was the last day of the first quarter (yikes!), so today is our grading day, and I am spending my time organizing what we learned last quarter and prepping for Quarter 2. I thought that you might be interested to see what we covered in my classes, so I’ll be posting the lists here.…

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Daily Schedule

I saw this idea on Jody’s blog. I always wrote the daily schedule as a list of one or two word things in Spanish. For example: Campanada Discusión Canción Cuento However, Jody has a much better way of doing it. I write who will be doing what, which gives students the chance to see more…

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Categories

In every language class that I ever took, grades were broken down by assignment type: quizzes, tests, homework, classwork, participation, projects, etc. For this reason, I structured my gradebook similarly when teaching at Syracuse University and in my first year as a public school teacher. When I began meeting with Michele Whaley‘s First Fridays group…

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Grades

Instead of letter grades, my students receive an abbreviation of one of the following terms on their assignments. Some are entered in the gradebook (summative), but others are not (formative). Formative assessments are given during the learning process and are a way for me and my students to see how they are progressing. Summative assessments…

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