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Seamless Teaching : Navigating the Inclusion Spectrum

23 Jan

Seamless Teaching : Navigating the Inclusion Spectrum | Teaching Tolerance.

One of the many items to consider when planning lessons is how to accommodate students with IEPs.  This is a good article with many thoughts to consider.

In schools across the country, students in special education and general education are increasingly learning together in inclusive classrooms. This is a significant civil-rights achievement, but it also means students in special education are being taught by general education teachers who may not have the training and skills to best serve them.

Click on the link to find out more under these headings:

What General Education Teachers Should Know

Teaching to All Learners

The Inclusion Spectrum

6 Nov

Great draw and speak activity!

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Last week I found out that I was going to be sent to a tech conference…..the day before the conference!  I scrambled for something meaningful to leave for my students, something that wouldn’t just be busy work.  We are almost at the end of a chapter that combines food with a thorough review of the preterite. I decided to have my students draw the words that we have been working with.  They have never seen a “vocabulary list”, so this was the first time that they saw the words “listed” all together.  I gave them Draw and label 40 foods, with 75 words in alphabetical order. The directions were to place selected words in 4 different categories:  frutas y verduras, carnes y mariscos, las cosas de la mesa y condimentos, y las comidas que empiezan o completan la cena.  The task was to choose 10 words for each…

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Location Unit

6 Nov

Location Unit | spanishplans.

Great ideas for prepositions lessons.

Flipping the first week of school

29 Jul

I just mapped out my first week of school.  There is never any Spanish content involved. At least, not from the chapter they will begin with.

Here is what I have.  It’s about the same as last year.  I am just trying to decide how to make it flip-like so as to start the year the way I intend to teach it.

Day 1: Syllabus; Participation grade; Introduction to our classroom; notebooks (headings, dating, grading); Spanish rhyme; everyday Spanish class phrases.

Day 2: (In computer lab) Pre-test; Introduction to collaboration with classrooms in Maryland & California; Schooology, Edmodo & Skyward (and probably more as I get organized).

Day 3: 8 Expectations; Life Principles; 17 practices.  These are a part of our school’s culture.  We use the Great Expectations Model school wide.

Day 4: Multiple Intelligence testing; Discuss flipping; Demonstrate the best way to watch videos, read sections & take notes; Forming a great question.

That is my first week.  We begin with a 4 day week.

My initial thoughts about how to approach week one, are to disseminate the information and have students do activities to demonstrate understanding.  This is how it will work in succesive weeks, so I would like to start off that way.  I jusst haven’t ccreated the details yet.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Gracias, Penny

My Flipped Classroom centers

27 Jul

The more I plan my Flipped Classroom, the more I realize I am probably not using the term “centers” correctly.  In my case they will be designated areas of my classroom for students to complete their work.  Read on and please offer suggestions.. 🙂

Students will receive a checklist that basically follows this pattern for the chapter:

Watch video/Read section.  Take notes.  Write question.
Hands on Learning activity
Worksheet 1
Worksheet 2
(both instantly checked by teacher)

Quiz
Culture capsule
Tutor in Spanish 1 class

That is one section of a chapter.  Each chapter of our book has 4 sections:  Vocab 1/Grammar 1/Culture/Vocab 2/Grammar 2.  The vocab and grammar sections will repeat the above format until they complete the entire chapter. After Grammar 2 they will begin to work on a proficiency project and review for the chapter test.  Also mixed in is that we are in the computer lab on Wednesdays.  Wednesdays will be a day to take their quiz (online), use Edmodo, and do research if needed for their culture project or proficiency project.
Students who are ready for a quiz before Wednesday will take it on an iPad or computer in my room.
We will use Edmodo along with Spanish classrooms that we collaborated with last year from Maryland and California.  We post a prompt and the students take off with their discussions in Spanish.

So, when I say centers, this is what I am imagining and would like your input on.  The areas of my room will be:

Hands on: learning activity.  Most will be partner work.
Writing:  worksheets
culture
Learn:  For students who did not watch the video or need to see it again.
Review/Test

Of course, all of the students will begin in the same place, so the whole class will be a hands on area.  After a few days I assume that they will begin to be in different spots.  I would like to keep them sorted as to what activity they are working on.
My thought is to hang large signs form my ceiling to direct them to the area they should go to.  I am trying to think of a simpler way since the ceiling is pretty high and centers (or areas) could change daily.

I am going to test the flipping with my advanced classes first.  I know some of them will move through the activities very quickly.  Lori Anthony, the other Spanish teacher at my school, and I were going over our schedules.  We noticed that during all of my Advanced classes, Lori has Spanish 1.  So, if a student takes a quiz and is way ahead of the rest of the class, they will be sent to Lori’s class to help a struggling Spanish 1 student.

If you have any ideas about labeling the areas of the classroom or the order of activities, please share!

Gracias, Penny

 

 

 

Student developed activities

11 Jul

I continue to look forward to implementing the Flipped Classroom and incorporating centers in the classroom.  The following is advice from Nooks, Crannies and Corners about how to allow students to develop activities and how to shift responsibility to learners.  I am looking forward to developing center activities, I have lots of ideas.  If you use centers, I would love to hear what works for you.  Please also share any activities that you do that would be great in centers.

Steps to Students Developing Activities:

1. Teach students to plan:

a) Make a short list of the kinds of decisions your students are capable of making right now (attendance, # of students per center, arranging materials).
b) Make a list of responsibilities that can be absorbed more gradually and how they can be accomplished.

Examples:

How:
-Teacher
-Dependable student “checker at each center.
-Students individually record progress


Appoint a committee
-Each student gives an item (suggestion, question, picture, etc.)
-Committee organizes information, materials and evaluative measures.


What:
1. Keep record of daily progress

2. Setting up one center


3. Choosing student guide or resource for center

-Teachers determines duties of guide & criteria to choose guide
-Students decide how to select guide

 

 

 

 

 

I am not positive about what a student guide does…  Any ideas?

Considerations for shifting responsibility to learners:

A) Decide what decisions students can make now.

B) Assign responsibilities gradually

C) What do you want students to do in an ideal situation.

That is what I have to share about student responsibilities from the book.
I picture that
there will be a need for peer tutoring.  I am looking into the Flipped Mastery concept from Flip Your Classroom.  I am not to that chapter yet but am assuming that peer tutoring could be involved.
The record keeping process in a center based classroom intrigues me.  It will be the focus of my next blog.

As usual, let me know what you think, share any ideas you have.

Gracias, Penny

Infographics, Graphs & Charts

29 Jun

I like to use charts in the classroom.  Having students gather data in Spanish, use the data to create a chart and then writing sentences to summarize their results covers a big spectrum of activities and skills.

There are also many sites with information stored in charts or infographics.  Great visuals for class!

To start with here is a Periodic Table of Visualization Methods.  It shows you all of the different types of charts possible.

Some other favorites:

Create Charts Online (or have students make them…):

Google Charts Tool: Awesome & simple! Get a link or embed code

Create a Graph: Easy to use from Kids Zone

Crappy Graphs: Funny stuff here & easy graph maker

 

Charts Online for Research/Information:

Charts Bin:  Many categories, information is shared as charts or maps.

 

Infographics:

Visual.ly:  Infographics sorted by subject

Larry Ferlazzo’s Infographics List

7 Tools for Creating Data Visualizations: by Free Tech 4 Teachers

Tips, Tricks and Resources to make your own Infographics

 

As always, let me know if you have other ideas and resources!

¡Gracias!  Penny

Chez Renée: Puppet Shows & the iPad

29 Apr

Chez Renée: Puppet Shows & the iPad.

Excerpt:
This was truly a success!  Using Audio Memos instead of having students read their lines while performing accomplished the following:
  1. Improved pronunciation  Students were able to focus better on their pronunciation while recording themselves on their iPads than they would have if they’d been trying to read their lines from paper while also working their puppets.  Many of them listened to the recording and then re-recorded in order to fix mistakes they’d heard.
  2. Everyone was able to hear better because the conversation was projected throughout the classroom over the speakers.
  3. Shy students felt less intimidated about speaking French because they only had to worry about working their puppets in front of the class when all eyes were focused on them.

Spanish Food Unit: Some online finds

22 Apr

Here are some resources from the Internet that can be used with a unit on Food.

Spanish Campbell’s Labels for Education Flyer

Nourish Interactive:   Las hojas imprimibles de educación nutritiva son actividades divertidas que estimulan el aprendizaje y la discusión sobre las opciones alimenticias saludables y la nutrición. Los niños aprenderán de la pirámide alimenticia para niños, el comer saludable, el vocabulario de nutrición, los grupos alimenticios, las combinaciones saludables de alimentos, y más.

Spanish Language Restaurant Menus:  Nice compilation by Harry G. Tuttle.
El Desayuno en Arte:  by the fabulous Zach Jones
Amigo Foods:  Great pictures!
That is my short list of links.
Some of the activities we do:
Speaking:
Discuss food you eat with your family, with your friends, at school, at other events.
Writing:
On a paper plate, draw and label your favorite meal.  Draw what a favorite meal for someone your age in Mexico/Spain would be.
Redesign the cover of a cereal box, can of corn, or whatever to be in Spanish.
Of course we do skits and projects, usually a Photo Peach since that lends itself well to pictures.  We did do Glogsters this time.
I had less time than I thought to blog today…  Please share what you do in your class and what online resources you have, I know you do some great things!  
Penny

16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest | Online Universities

17 Apr

16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest | Online Universities.

 

Great infographic!

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