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Reflection 2021-22 Spanish Level IV

My final post from this reflection series is about my 2021-22 year in Spanish IV with my intermediate students. The post talks about the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy, using student data, developing thought, my core classroom values, discussion days, honing communication based on novice topics, and finding a happy balance. Thanks for reading. Gary

MASTERY LEARNING using High-Frequency Verb Quizzes 

The 2021-22 school year provided me a chance to try out ideas with MASTERY LEARNING and a policy about retaking assessments until an 80% average was reached. I used this idea consistently throughout the whole year with both my Spanish II and IV classes, and I am very pleased with the results. One of the …

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Aha! Moments from IFLT 2022

Aha! Moments from IFLT 2022 I am so grateful to have returned to an in-person training conference. IFLT 2022 in Saline, Michigan gave us all an opportunity to get refreshed and ready for a fantastic 2022-23 school year. Over the past 6 years, IFLT has implemented a trifecta training model where teachers observe other teachers …

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Free Story-Scripts, Question Randomizers, and COMPREHENDED! 2021

I cannot believe it has been a year since last year‘s Comprehensible Online Conference, now known as Comprehended, launched. It was pre-pandemic and none of us thought our lives nor our schools would look the way they currently do.Last year for my online webinar for the conference, I shared six story asking scripts that can …

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Including LGBTQ Voices in Spanish Classes through Two New Amazing Readers (Lots of Good Information for All Teachers Too :)

In this post I will highlight two authors who have each written Spanish comprehension-based readers that present the lives of LGBTQ adolescents. Not only do Jennifer Degenhardt’s Secretos and Adriana Ramirez’s Julio provide great sources of comprehensible input for students, but they also present protagonists who are living their whole selves with regard to their …

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Socratic Circles as Assessment ~ the Why and How

Happy 2018-19 school year! I wanted to take the time and share a strategy, or better yet, a framework for learning and assessment that I use as one of the tenants in my Spanish IV classes and at the end of Spanish III.  This framework is preparing students for a Socratic Circle or Socratic Seminar, …

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