Planning better in the new year: Day 4

Finally you want to list the skills you want your students to have. What will they be able to DO at the end of this unit? Don’t think in terms of conjugate X verb in X tense. Think in terms of using the language in a meaningful way!

Do you want your students to be able to use the target language to discuss waterborne illnesses, their symptoms, and their treatments? Do you want them to use the TL to compare the “family” structure of a gang with the family structure of a nuclear family? Have big goals for your kids! If you set the goal of memorizing a list and conjugating a verb, that is all they will do. If you expect them to improve fluency, they will do that as well!!

Remember that the key to everything is INPUT! We just provide as much input as we can and the kids will flourish!

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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