Outside the box assessments!

To end our Spanish Civil War unit we did a combination of two ideas. @placido’s Imagery in Film and Art project from her blog kplacido.com and a great idea I found on Twitter (I would credit you if I could remember who you were, you genius) to make the art project part art museum and serve the kids sparkling grape juice and appetizers while they looked at and discussed the works! The kids loved it (didn’t feel like an assessment) and I loved grading them! I swear I felt like the Grinch with my heart growing three sizes as I looked at more and more awesome work by my level 3s!!! I am sharing some of the average and a couple of the best both in terms of art and Spanish ability.

Check out our video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCLY9WHSFBs&feature=youtu.be

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com.

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