Planning for Proficiency!

Here I am, putting the finishing touches on a new room I never expected to be moving into… And I am SO excited to be taking this journey toward proficiency with a new group of students!  I have a smart board, 1:1 iPads, co-planning time with my colleague… It is going to be a great year!

For these students new to my ways, I wanted to create a clear path to proficiency so I moved my bulletin board!

Then I hung my proficiency descriptors and some words and expressions that will help them climb the ladder toward our final goal of becoming independent learners and users of Spanish! One thing that has stuck with me after IFLT was Dr Krashen saying that our classroom time isn’t going to allow us to make them as fluent as natives but we CAN get them enough proficiency to continue learning via reading, listening, and travel!  And I think this is true for a slower processor as much as a super star student!!!  (words and expressions are available in my TPT store

Looking forward to lots of fun with and without technology this year as we begin our first steps toward seal of biliteracy and dual credit at SCHS!

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

4 thoughts

  1. I LOVE IT Carrie!! You’ve inspired me to do something “grand” as apposed to the poster I have…
    I can tell you’ve been working hard for those new kiddies–They are going to LOVE your class!!!

  2. I love your proficiency bulletin board Carrie. What are your proficiency level goals for Spanish 1 for each quarter? And is meeting the goal a B, and exceeding it an A? I am really want to get consistent this year with my assessing. Thank you!

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