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!

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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