¡BIENVENIDOS A MI PÁGINA DE LAS CLASES DE ESPAÑOL!
Teacher Name: "Señora Robinson"
School Email Address: email@example.com
Subjects I Teach: Spanish (Connections & High School)
¡Bienvenidos Parents/Guardians and Scholars!
It is my honor to be working with you and your scholar this year!
I am a product of Atlanta, Georgia, raised in DeKalb County (DCSS). I am a product of DCSS' gifted programs. Thus, I pride myself on making every effort to 'think outside the box' to reach every scholar. I began my college career at the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!) and received my undergraduate degree in Spanish with a Teacher Education Concentration and Psychology Minor at Georgia State University (GO PANTHERS!). I had the wonderful opportunity to also study abroad at the Universidad de Sevilla (Seville, Spain) where I fell in love with Spanish food and "siesta"! I completed some Professional Learning in Salamanca, Spain through an affiliate of Spain's foremost authority in "Español como lengua estranjera(Spanish as a Foreign Language)", Instituto Cervantes. My graduate work focused on Non-Profit Management and Entrepreneurship at Keller Graduate School of Management, as well as English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) through Western Governors University.
Coming from a family of Educators, I have been in Education in some form or fashion since I was 19 years old, when I created my own non-profit experiencial learning program for local children during the summer. During the years that followed, I worked in a multitude of Non-Profit Management capacities from developing and implementing Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs to recruiting sites, service recipients and recruiting and training Literacy volunteers. At the same time, I was also building my own Art, Business Services and Real Estate companies. After simultaneously working so long (also since age 19) as mainly a middle school Substitute Teacher (yes, by CHOICE! :) ), the full time teaching bug finally hit me!
I began teaching Spanish full time at the high school level. I have taught Levels I, II, and III, and completed the Advanced Placement College Board AP® Spanish training offered at Woodward Academy. As a full time Educator, I have also served in several adjunct capacities including World Language Department Chairperson, Charter Member of the World Language Advisory Board(APS), Charter Member of the FCBOE Teacher Leadership Forum, Intramural/Extramural Leader, United Way Annual Giving Campaign Manager, Yearbook Adviser, Chess Club Sponsor, New Teacher Committee Chairperson, Head Tennis Coach and Assistant Softball Coach. I have taught in unique environments including alternative and charter schools. I have enjoyed sharing my experience with high schoolers, middle schoolers and colleagues ever since!
At home, I am mom to three wonderful children. I have a college student, two high schoolers and a 14 pound chihuahua-pekingese mix who are my world! I love art (drawing and painting), music, reading and writing poetry, playing and watching sports, travel, universal peace and yoga!
Enough about me! Now, about this semester/year!
BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR SUCCESS!!! You are Accountable... You are Respectful... You are Motivated... You are a Scholar... You are ARMS! WE ARE JAGUAR PRIDE!!!
My first year with ARMS, our Spanish scholars worked hard and earned 1st Place in the Arts Día de los Muertos Division 1 Award! One of our scholars, Makayla Lamar, won the HCBOE World Language "Champion Award" for her outstanding commitment to earning the most hours studying on our online Rosetta Stone forum! Finally, our Spanish I Scholars collectively earned the Spring Semester Champion Award for most growth with the Rosetta Stone program! As you see, we are seeking nothing less than the excellence of which you ARMS Scholars are capable!
We will begin each class reciting the ARMS Creed found in the syllabus (JAGUAR PRIDE!). :) Spanish Scholars are expected to listen and remain fully engaged from start to finish. Spanish Connections (semester only) Scholars should logging into Voces one hour weekly outside of class time. Spanish I (year round) Scholars in the high school credit course will be logging into Rosetta Stone for an hour each week outside of class. My suggestion to ALL is to do 15 minutes OR 1 lesson each school day. A calendar of benchmarks will be provided for scholars once we begin accessing these platforms.
BE SURE TO FOLLOW OUR “PRESCRIPTION FOR SUCCESS IN SPANISH”...
Be in class and seated before the sound of the bell/start time.
Have all materials every class.
Take care of personal needs such as locker visit, restroom, supplies, counselor, etc. before class. (Scholars are not permitted to exit during instructional time except in emphatic emergency. I will normally ask scholars if they can "make an effort to wait".)
Come in and quietly check the "Opening" activity. All work should be dated (all quizzes, tests, reports and projects should contain name, date and class period). These activities are independent and normally require NO interaction unless specifically outlined in the instructions.
Write the Standard of the day, write and respond to the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Question(s) in complete sentence(s), and applicable Work Time tasks should be completed in full. Tasks may be independent, Think-Pair-Share, Project-Based or Small Group oriented, etc.
Any unfinished classwork is homework and should be finished the same day in scholar's own time.
Every day scholars are expected to study at least 15-20 minutes.
Attend Tutorial Sessions if necessary. Prepare questions in advance so that you may get the most out of this additional support opportunity.
If you have been absent, "Ask 3, then ask me." First consult with classmates to see what we did. Then, see teacher for handouts or to schedule make-up assessments (quiz/test) within one week of absence date.
If absent, copy daily activities (photocopies are okay) so that you will have details in your notes for any missed class. I will also begin posting a synopsis of class time activity online starting the 4th week of the fall semester.
MAKE THE EFFORT! Make every effort to participate. Mistakes are okay. It is the only way we learn!
REMEMBER, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR ABSOLUTELY AMAZING YEAR TOGETHER!!!!