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Student Spotlight – Daisy P.

Here is another “Star Student” senior from our LAX class.

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Nombre: Daisy Prescott

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
Including this year, four.


(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Drawing
  • Playing video games
  • Writing
  • Singing and hoping to God no one can hear me

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
I love a lot of different foods, but I really love lo mein from any Chinese food place.

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I’m really hoping to learn more about Spanish/Latino/Hispanic heritage and culture, like what makes the countries stand out from each other. I know very little and I think it would be interesting and good to know.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
What I like most about the class is being able to immerse myself in other cultures and being able to meet all new people.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We are currently finding someone in the community who is from a Spanish-speaking country and interviewing them about the process of becoming an American citizen and what it means to be someone of their heritage.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“Nothing is impossible! The word itself says, ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn


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Student Spotlight – Meg B.

Here is another senior “Star Student” from our Latin American Experience class!

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Nombre: Meghan Bolotin

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
6 years

 

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Playing Soccer
  • Painting
  • Art
  • Church youth group

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Beef Stew

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I hope to learn more about different cultures within the Spanish-speaking community and how the culture influences their everyday life.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
What I like most in this class is that every assignment can be used and applied in a real-world situation.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
I recently just learned the differences that distinguish Latino from Hispanic.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
 “JUST DO IT” and ¿Por qué no los dos?  – Why not both!!!!


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Student Spotlight – Colleen Lavoie

Periodically, we will have a “Star Student” serve as our class guest blogger.  This student will have the unique opportunity to tell you a little bit about themselves and to explain some of the exciting things going on in our classroom from a student’s perspective.

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Nombre: Colleen Lavoie – senior

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?: 13 years

 

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Gymnastics Coach
  • DECA Executive Board
  • Spanish Immersion Teacher Aide
  • School Store Intern
  • Spanish Immersion Advisory Board Member
  • National Honors Society
  • National Business Honors Society

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita: Chicken Parm

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I am hoping to learn more about how and why people immigrated from their Latin American countries to America. Also, I am hoping to learn more about cultures and traditions specific to Latin America.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
Being able to use Spanish in real world situations

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
Right now, we are interviewing the owner of a local barber shop on his journey from the Dominican Republic to America and coming to his success.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott

 


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Changes….

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Change is in the air as summer turns to fall.  Now that we have all settled into the day-to-day routine, students have been engaged in creative projects and learning new and exciting things.

The Latin American Experience student groups have nearly all made a connection within the local Latino community and have begun work on their student blogs, Spanish language interviews, and highlight posters.  I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

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A new and unique opportunity is being offered this year!  As an Independent Study course, senior Spanish Immersion students can serve as teaching assistants to the elementary schools.   Students create and write detailed lesson plans, engage in group activities with various classes, and differentiate their instruction to best suit student learning.  Our 2 Spanish Immersion Teaching Assistants, Dallas and Taylor, are hard at work creating autumn-themed lesson plans by creating exemplars of acrostic poems.

 

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Their supervising instructor, Sra. Cardamone says:

“Taylor and Dallas did a great job preparing for this lesson. They included a list of necessary and enrichment vocabulary. They also prepared a model of a competed acrostic poem that inspired the students to produce quality final copies of the poems. Talyor and Dallas began the lesson well by engaging all students with questions. They activated prior knowledge by reviewing what a poem was and brainstorming fall vocabulary with the students. When students ran out of ideas, they prompted the class with different themes in which to generate words. During the lesson they circulated among the students answering questions and checking the kids’ progress.”

 

 


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Communication is Key….

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Our goal this year is to learn to open the lines of communication to promote understanding and tolerance in a multi-cultural world.  In an increasingly diverse society, global citizenship is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity to compete in the international community.  Perhaps the most important aspect of global citizenship is to recognize that we all have a responsibility, to each other and to ourselves, to create a better world, to promote understanding among all peoples, and to break down the barriers that separate people of different backgrounds and beliefs.  In a world rife with negative political sound bites and messages of hate and division, communication is the key to progress and peace.

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Students in Spanish I created FlipGrid video shorts using the target language to introduce themselves and to tell a little background information about their lives.   Students also created talking photos in Notability to talk about themselves.

Spanish IV Honors is writing and practicing authentic phone messages.  Each student received a different fun fictional scenario and must “leave me a message”, explaining their situation.

 

touchcastSpanish II Honors is hard at work using TouchCast to create green screen “talking postcard” videos.  Students are creating fictional scenarios in which they are waiting for their friends abroad and must give detailed directions through the city to their “hotels”.

 

recapThe Latin American Experience classes have already ventured out on some site visits to reach out to the Latino community to get a first hand account of the challenges and triumphs of immigrating to the Unites States.  Students utilize the Recap app to check in with me via-video and to give me real-time status updates while they are on the road.

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col·lab·o·ra·tion kəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n/ noun

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No one can deny that 21st Century Skills are integral components to student success in the digital age and beyond.  Perhaps the most integral skill is that of collaboration or “the action of working with someone to produce or create something.”  The willingness and ability to work with others to achieve a common goal, solve a problem, or to create a unique product fosters positive work habits and measurable results.  Working with others allows for the sharing of ideas, constructive criticism, and unique points of view.  How many times have you worked on a group project in class and found that the exchange of ideas and sharing of responsibilities yielded incredible results?  Having students collaborate is important but equally important  is having teachers work together to improve student outcomes.

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Recently, Sra. Julie Ahmed-Jussaume and I collaborated on assessing and “calibrating” oral assignments for her Hispanic Civilization, Culture, and Literature class.  We rotated within groups, as partners presented information on social issues and challenges in the Latin American world.  The results were extremely interesting and opened up a conversation on student expectations and objectives.  We identified areas of strength and weakness in the student work and discussed in detail the meaning of the elements of the rubric.  We also analyzed where we were in agreement as well as how and why we differed in our assessment of some student work.  This “team” approach to student learning and sharing of results allows for us to adjust our teaching practices and improve student learning.

 

 


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¿Quién soy? ¿Quién voy a ser?

Who am I?  Who am I going to be? Spanish I is dealing with some pretty heavy questions! By combining idiomatic expressions such as tener/que (have to) and ir/a (going to), students are utilizing IPad apps such as Tellagami, MSQRD, Morfo, and Chatterpix to create fun, animated narratives about themselves now, and their plans for the future.

  • ¿Cómo te llamas?
  • ¿De dónde eres?
  • ¿Cómo estás hoy?
  • ¿Cuántos años tienes tú?
  • ¿Cómo eres tú? (2 adjetivos)
  • Describe (2) partes de tu cara y/o cuerpo. Usa (2) adjetivos.
  • ¿Qué haces hoy? (2 verbos)
  • ¿Qué tienes que hacer cada día como un estudiante en Nipmuc?
    En el futuro…
  • ¿Adónde vas para la universidad?
  • ¿Qué tienes ganas de estudiar en la universidad?
  • ¿Qué vas a hacer para un trabajo? ¿Por qué?
  • Una despedida

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