Syllabi- TPRS/TCI classroom including state and Common Core goals

With so many things that I want to do in class, I revise my syllabi every summer. I am sure I will find some things to add or change but here is what my TPRS/TCI based syllabi look like at levels 1,3,4. If you are just getting started teaching without a textbook or if you are looking for units to add, feel free to borrow whatever you like from my plans. If there is a particular unit that interests you, there is probably a post on the blog with more information!

Syllabus Spanish I

Syllabus Spanish III

Syllabus Spanish IV


Passion Based Units

I was fortunate enough to be able to present a workshop at CSCTFL with Carol Gaab. Our title was “Adding Depth to TPRS.” Carol, always my go to for new ideas, pointed out how important it is to include our passions in the units we teach… She got me thinking!!! What am I passionate about?
I was a Spanish major but a biology minor! I always loved my science classes and had a great time this year teaming up with our Chemistry teacher for a “Water is Life” unit… Next year I am going to amp up the science units in order to capture MY passion (and hopefully some of theirs!)

I found this book through Scholastic’s Club Leo: 20140522-091635-33395802.jpg. I plan to order a class set and create a level 3 unit (3rd quarter) with the themes of conservation, the indigenous people of Central America, and global giving to support projects that protect animal habitats.

I have used a lot of novels and I love them but this book is so visual and has so many GREAT cognates that I am looking forward to using it!

Check out Club Leo for tons of climate, solar system, animal, and community series for children. They are fun to read and may help your students see how language connects to other fields of study!

Why 90% Target Language?

How long is your class period? 43 minutes
How many days do you meet per week? 5
How many weeks in a marking period? 9
How many minutes of class wasted on announcements, attendance, passing out papers, etc? 3

40 active class minutes x 5 days a week x 9 weeks= 1800 minutes = 30 hours

How many marking periods per year? 4

30 hours x 4 quarters = 120 hours

How many years of language are offered in your district? 4

120 hours x 4 = 480 hours
480 x 90% = 432 hours

So…. if a student is never ill, never goes on a field trip, never attends an assembly, is never part of a fire/tornado/code red drill, never gets called to the office, never goes to the bathroom or locker, and never leaves early for sports, that student will have a MAXIMUM of 432 hours of exposure to the language if I keep it 90% TL…. That is 432 hours in 4 years…. Every minute counts! Finish the year strong!

Semester Two Exam Choice Board

Update: Here’s a link to a very short flipagram of some of my first day projects.

This has been a really fun exam to grade and the kids did a great job creating their products. They had fun with all of the school supplies. 😉 Here is the big winner so far: Magazine Layout by Mal K.

Whatever your subject, a choice board can be an excellent way to get a look at what students have really learned in class. Allowing choice gives students the opportunity to create the products that they feel best showcase what they know. Levels 1, 3, and 4 are all doing different versions of this same choice board. My expectations of the product will be different depending on the level. Feel free to steal and adapt for your own class.
Spanish FinaL Semester 2 Spanish 3

I am giving them an idea organizer tomorrow so that they can plan ahead for the projects that they will do in the exam period. I get a 90 minute period plus a 20 minute study session so I have lots of time! My semester exam Game Plan

On exam day I will use this rubric to give them their grade. rubricexam14 Let me explain it a little… The left side is for me, the right for them. On the top left, I will mark how many of each point value they completed and then I will mark an X if they receive full credit for each of the grading criteria. If they do not receive full credit I will write how many points they lost and in the comments I will write the reason I took points off. They get to self evaluate and explain why, and I get to collect some comments from them about favorite class memories and things I might clarify for the new year.

It is a new type of exam for me, I’ll let you know how it goes. I had a student take it early today and her products were great! I’ll take some pictures next week from kids of all levels!