¡Hola Queridos Padres! Hello Dear Parents!
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On this page I would like to share with you my fundamental beliefs and my philosophy on teaching Spanish.
In my class, I stress the importance of following directions and procedures. I have three basic but very important rules:
I respect myself, my classmates, the teacher, and the
I come to class prepared everyday with all necessary
This is part of PREPARACIÓN.
I come to class ready to participate.
I practice Spanish everyday inside and outside of the clase.
I review these rules with the kids every week so that they keep them in mind and follow them.
The last aspect of my class that I would like to share with you is my grading policy. I calculate the grades using three categories:
1. Tests, Quizzes, and Projects 35% - I give frequent quizzes and a unit test every week and a half to two weeks.
2. Oral and Group Participation 30% - A large percentage of the grade is Oral and Group Participation. I design activities that enable the kids to work together and practice speaking Spanish everyday. I go around to check on their progress and give specific instruction when help is needed. Solid effort is rewarded. I encourage my students to really say "¡Sí!" to learning the language and use it as much as possible.
3. Homework and Notebook 35% - I assign homework every night with few exceptions (e.g. Religious observances, late school functions) For 7th graders the homework length can vary from 15-30 minutes per night. REVIEWING counts as studying and is included in daily homework time.
A WORD ABOUT APPROPRIATE HELP
The goal of any language class is communication. To that end, I encourage the students to use language that is age and level appropriate to Our Class. Therefore, if a child wishes to use a word that is new to him/herself then a graphic representation of the word should appear on the project. I discourage the use of online translators because they tend to be limited to business vocabulary. The text we use, and a good dictionary are the best resources for your student(s) to have, consult, and use on a regular basis. If a student has a question or two about a homework assignment it is fine for him/her to contact a friend, or two, for help. Parents and siblings may help, but again, the help should be for a word here and there, and not much more than that. Your child (children) will become more responsible and self-sufficient when given these opportunities. This is a beautiful thing to witness! I appreciate your understanding and welcome any questions you may have regarding this policy, or any other concerns you may have. Please feel free to call me at the school or email me about the progress of your child (children).
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