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…Read More
Up/Down Listening Assessment
An Up/Down Quick Quiz is a simple, formative listening assessment that I use at the end of almost every class period. I first learned about Up-Down Quick Quizzes when I observed a TPRS lesson for the very first time in Michele Whaley‘s class last spring. It is an easy way for teachers to get a…Read More
You have what I want!
DAY ONE Objective: Students can compare what they have with what they don’t have and what they want. Campanada: Students complete the following sentence starters using descriptive Spanish when they arrive. Yo tengo.. Yo no tengo… Yo quiero tener… Yo no quiero tener… Discussion/PQA: Ask students to share their Campanada answers. Circle each student’s answers,…Read More
How did you decide how to structure your gradebook? Without exception, in every language class that I took from middle school through college, the gradebook looked very similar. Every graded assignment in the course was placed into a category that matched the assignment type: quizzes, tests, homework, classwork, participation, projects, etc. The weight of each category varied–sometimes,…Read More
How we talk about 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…Read More