La Clase de la Sra. Moloney


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Student Spotlight – Camille G.

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Here is another “Star Student” from our Spanish I class!

Nombre: Camille Gallagher

Clase: Spanish 1

 

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
2 years

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Peer leadership
  • DECA

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Chick-fil-A chicken

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I hope to be able to talk Spanish to people in other countries.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
That we speak a lot of Spanish and we can talk to each other in Spanish.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We are learning about Ser and Estar and are doing an emoji poster.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“Any pizza is a personal pizza if you believe in yourself”


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Student Spotlight – Riley Bryant

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Here is a “Star Student” from our Spanish I Honors class!

Nombre: Riley Bryant

Clase: Spanish 1 Honors

 

 


How many years have you studied Spanish?:
In past environments and previous grade, taking the Spanish language was mandatory and a class that everybody took. I was in Spanish-speaking environments like this for years. I also took a full-year class of Spanish in middle school and am taking one now while planning to continue for my next four years and on.

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Soccer
  • Student Council
  • COF (Circle of Friends)


(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
In class, I am hoping to learn beyond the standard points and all the criteria that should be met. With that, I also hope to learn about my peers’ past encounters with this language, how they’ve used it, etc. and even how I can use it in not only the future, but the present.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
In this class, I like that it is composed of multiple grades, ages and experiences.  This truly helps me as bouncing ideas off of each other and seeing benefits from each one’s really helps my knowledge in the Spanish language flourish, which definitely would have to be what I like most about and in this class.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
Currently in class we are learning about times and how they can be expressed differently in the Spanish language.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
My favorite quote/saying is “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”


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Oral Assessments – Your Turn, Spanish I!

interviewI have to tell you – I am incredibly impressed with my Spanish I class.  Today we had our first session of oral interviews and the students were amazing!  I simply can’t believe what they are able to do…and it is not even the end of Term I!  This is our second year of utilizing summative oral assessments instead of written exams to measure student achievement and learning, and I am absolutely thrilled at these results!  Finally – SKILLS that students can immediately apply outside of the classroom!

What can the Spanish I students do, you ask?

In Spanish I, all students can execute (ask, answer, and expand upon) the following (20) questions (and several variations of these questions) by the end of Term I.

  1. ¿Cómo te llamas?
  2. ¿Cómo escribes tu nombre en español?
  3. ¿Cómo escribes tu apellido en español?
  4. ¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono?
  5. ¿De dónde eres?
  6. ¿Cómo estás?
  7. ¿Cuántos años tienes?
  8. ¿Qué día es hoy?
  9. ¿Qué día fue ayer?
  10. ¿Qué día es mañana?
  11. ¿Cuál es la fecha hoy?
  12. ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?
  13. ¿Cuántos días hay en una semana?
  14. ¿Cuántos meses hay en un año?
  15. ¿Cuántas estaciones hay en un año?
  16. ¿Cuántos estudiantes hay en esta clase?
  17. ¿Cuál es tu estación favorita?
  18. ¿Cómo escribes _________________ en español?
  19. ¿Qué hora es?
  20. ¿A qué hora es tu clase favorita hoy?


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To be or not to be…

In Spanish, there are two verbs that mean “to be” – SER and ESTAR.  Each verb has distinct uses but their proper application can often be confusing.  In Spanish I, we are currently focusing on the verb ESTAR and its use with prepositions of location.  In order to practice ESTAR in context, students  are utilizing Book Creator and Notability to design and create some wonderful “Where is__________”  audio children’s books.   Check out a few below!

 

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Term I – Oral Assessments

wherethemagichappens How true is this?  We all like to stay in our “comfort zone” and stick to what we know we are “good at” but is that really the best way to approach learning?  I find students are very confident in writing and reading in the target language but when it comes to speaking and listening comprehension, well, students aren’t so ready to take risks.  As a result, we are focusing our efforts on oral proficiency and skills-based assessments in Spanish I. Each term, students will work on mastering new grammar and content concepts with a focus on building real-life speaking and comprehension skills in authentic situations.

In Spanish I, all students can execute (ask and answer) the following (20) questions (and several variations of these questions):

  1. ¿Cómo te llamas? – What is your name?
  2. ¿Cómo escribes tu nombre en español? – How do you spell your name in Spanish?
  3. ¿Cómo escribes tu apellido en español? – How do you spell your last name in Spanish?
  4. ¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono? – What is your phone number?
  5. ¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from?
  6. ¿Cómo estás? – How are you?
  7. ¿Cuántos años tienes? – How old are you?
  8. ¿Qué día es hoy? – What day is today?
  9. ¿Cuál es la fecha hoy? – What is the date today?
  10. ¿Qué día fue ayer? – What day was yesterday?
  11. ¿Qué día es mañana? – What day is tomorrow?
  12. ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? – When is your birthday
  13. ¿Qué hora es? – What time is it?
  14. ¿A qué hora es tu clase favorita hoy? – At what time is your favorite class?
  15. ¿Cuántos días hay en una semana? – How many days are there in a week?
  16. ¿Cuántos meses hay en un año? – How many months are there in a year?
  17. ¿Cuántas estaciones hay en un año? – How many seasons are there in a year?
  18. ¿Cuál es tu estación favorita? – What is your favorite season?
  19. ¿Cómo escribes _________________ en español?  (Spell a random Word in Spanish) – How do you spell ___________ in Spanish?
  20. ¿Cuántos estudiantes hay en esta clase? – How many students are there in this class?

Students have done a great job working in the target language!  I can’t wait to see what Term 2 brings!


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Un espectáculo de marionetas

puppetsStudents in Spanish 1 just learned “saludos y despedidas” (greetings and goodbyes) and various other fun conversation starters. They can now discuss and spell their first and last names as well as inquire about age, origin, and feelings.

Students got right to speaking in the target language by recording conversational puppet shows with IMovie. Check it out! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwq-Vr2gQyi8X3FaVzVTSEhCTlU/view?usp=sharing