Course Expectations

  • COURSE EXPECTATIONS/SUPPLIES

    • Please arrive on time and ready to work and engage with the teacher and fellow students in the target language.
    • Please treat everyone with kindness.
    • Please have a Spanish binder (with note paper) for the MANY handouts you will receive and use on a daily basis. Include the following sections: Notes/Handouts; Tests/Quizzes; Other Work. After each unit, you can empty the binder of old work and quizzes, but not notes!
    • If you need support please sign up for flex with me!

     

    CLASS ABSENCE

    If you know you are going to be missing class, you should get handouts and homework ahead of time. I also expect you can look on the class google docs page with the agenda and find out what you missed prior to the next class. 

     

    Academic Honesty

    I expect you to take responsibility for your own work. Cheating is a serious offense. This includes copying work, letting someone copy your work, talking about the content of an assessment before others have taken it, AND online translators (ie. Google Translate). You may NOT use translators to assist with the writing process. You MAY use paper or online dictionaries (my preference is wordreference.com) to translate isolated words for use in writing, but text must be composed directly in Spanish by the individual. In Spanish 1, even these should not be used. If I suspect that a student is using a translator he/she will need to complete writing assignments in a supervised environment. If there is proof of a translator, the students will receive a 0 for the assignment.

     

    VIDEO

    The use of video is a key element in our curriculum, as it is useful for practicing listening comprehension and exploring cultural themes. Some videos may contain material that some parents and students may find objectionable. The teacher will advise parents of upcoming movie titles and ratings so that they may inform themselves of content or preview them. 

     

    EXTRA HELP AND TUTORING

    I am available for extra help upon request. If you need help in my class, please see any of the language B teachers during their flex times. You will be able to view available times via PowerSchool. All students are expected to sign up for flex time for every flex session. Other Language B teachers are: Ms. Causton, Mr. Swinhart, Ms. Steele and Mr. Tufts. My schedule is as follows:

     

    A/Odd/Red Days (Mon/Thurs…)

    1 8:10-9:33 Español 1

    3 9:37-11:00 libre

    11:04-11:10 Advisory

    11:14-11:44 Lunch

    11:46-12: 16 Flex

    5 12:20-1:43 Español SL

    7 1:47-3:10 Réunion Colaborativa

    B/EvenGrey Days (Tues/Fri…)

    2 8:10-9:33 Español 2

    4 9:37-11:00 libre

    11:04-11:10 Advisory

    11:14-11:44 Flex

    11:46-12: 16 Lunch

    6 12:20-1:43 Español 2

    8 1:47-3:10 Español HL

     

     

    I am also available before/after school with an appointment. I strongly encourage students who feel lost or confused to seek help IMMEDIATELY!  Be a proactive and assertive learner. On the flip side, if you are willing to offer your help to other students as a tutor, please sign up in the Learning Lab. It is a great way to strengthen your own language skills. 

     

    TEXTBOOKS

    Our department does not use a specific textbook. Your binder is your textbook—keep it organized. There are also many resources online. See my website for a list of resources!

     

    Cell Phone Use

    While cell phones are wonders of innovation and can be immensely helpful tools when used appropriately, they have also unfortunately proven to be a routine distraction from learning when abused. To protect our classroom learning environments and our students’ well-being, the Language Acquisition Department has adopted the following approach to cell phones: 

     

    Unless otherwise directed for the purposes of a specific lesson, or granted an exception due to extenuating circumstances, students will be required to silence and store their cell phones, rear-facing, in a phone organizer upon entering the classroom. There the phones will remain until the end of class, when students will retrieve them. A student who is found to be using a phone they retained, or who retrieves a stored phone during class without permission, will receive a warning and have the phone confiscated (and stored) for the duration of the class period. A student who refuses to turn over a phone upon the teacher’s request, or chronically requires warnings, will be given a disciplinary referral in accordance with the MUHS Student Handbook’s cell phone policy.

     

    To respect the privacy of students and teachers, recording  and photos are prohibited in the classroom.

     

    GRADING

    Habits of Work:

    The MUHS Habits of Work are a combination of skills identified by IB in the two Approaches to Learning (ATL) categories called Social Skills and Self-Management Skills, as well as other skills from our research. At the end of each quarter I will report out on habits of work.  This is a subjective score, based on weeks of interaction with the student and observations made by me.

     

    DP Only:

    The categories for each quarter are formative and summative. Formative assessments (quizzes, homework, classwork) are 20% of your quarter grade, and summative assessments (tests, final projects, essays/compositions) are 80% of your quarter grade. Year 1: Each quarter will be worth 21.25% of your final year-end grade and the final exam worth 15% of your final grade. Year 2: Instead of a final exam students will complete the Internal and External IB DP Spanish B exams. The Internal Exam (conducted by me) will count as 15% of your final grade.

    For now, all courses in grades 11 and 12 will use a 100 point grading scale, along with the DP rubrics (scale of 1-7).

     

    LATE ASSIGNMENTS and REVISION OF ASSIGNMENTS

    Language learning is a very cumulative endeavor. Each new skill builds on previous skills. It is in the best interest of the student to strive to stay current with the sequence of assignments. 

    All homework will have a due-date—assumed to be the next day unless otherwise stated. Since we often review homework as a class activity it is important to complete your homework each night. 

    Formative work will be accepted for feedback for up to 3 days  after the deadline (typically the deadline for formative work is the next day). If a student does not hand a formative assessment in it will be reported out as “M” for missing, and given a score of a 50.  

    Summative tasks: students 

    • have two weeks from the original date to complete out-of-class assessments. 
    • (if you miss the original day of an in-class assessment) have one week to complete the assessment. Until the assessment is made up, I will comment of “M” for missing in the gradebook, along with a zero. After the two-week time period, if the work has still not been completed, the “M” and the score of a zero will be permanent. The student should now focus on the current learning and demonstrating the current proficiencies.  

    Re-Assessment:

    In general, reassessment is not allowed as a DP school rule. From time to time, I will allow reassessment under certain extenuating circumstances. 

    Additionally, no late assignments will be accepted after the end of a marking period.

     

    *For more information please see the MUHS Teaching and Learning Handbook 2019.

     

    MYP ONLY

    GRADING*

    Language Acquisition assesses your proficiency based on the following criteria: 

    • Criterion A: Comprehending Spoken and Visual Text
    • Criterion B: Comprehending Written and Visual Text
    • Criterion C: Communicating in Response to Spoken, Written and Visual Text
    • Criterion D: Using Language in Spoken and Written Form

     

    The grading platform we use is ManageBac. 

    Formative assessments (quizzes, homework, classwork) fall into two categories:

    1. assessed using an MYP rubric -- these scores are reported and used to inform teacher professional judgement of the overall grade, though they do not determine the final grade

    2)   assessed for completion -- these tasks may be reported with a comment only (e.g. “incomplete,” “late,” “completed,” or  “missing”). I may assign a number grade so that students/parents understand how much grammar/vocabulary a student knows and understands, though this does not fall under any rubric and does not determine the final grade.

    Summative assessments (final projects, essays/compositions) are used to determine a student’s final grade. These are graded with IB rubrics. There will be a final exam which will serve two purposes: 1. the sections graded with IB rubrics will be a final summative evaluation; 2. the sections that are not graded using IB rubrics will be used as part of the rest of the final exam as a “placement exam” to continue Spanish study the following year.

     

    LATE ASSIGNMENTS and REVISION OF ASSIGNMENTS*

    Language learning is a very cumulative endeavor. Each new skill builds on previous skills. It is in the best interest of the student to strive to stay current with the sequence of assignments. 

     

    All homework will have a due-date—assumed to be the next day unless otherwise stated. Since we often review homework as a class activity it is important to complete your homework each night. 

    Formative work will be accepted for feedback for up to 3 days  after the deadline (typically the deadline for formative work is the next day). If a student does not hand a formative assessment in it will be reported out as “M” for missing, and given a score of a 0. 

     

    Summative tasks such as unit tests (speaking, reading, listening, written) and dialogues, students 

    • have two weeks from the original date to complete out-of-class assessments. 
    • (if you miss the original day of an in-class assessment) have one week to complete the assessment. Until the assessment is made up, I will comment of “M” for missing in the gradebook and assign a zero. After the two-week time period, if the work has not been completed, the “M” and the score of a zero will be assigned permanently in the gradebook. The student should now focus on the current learning and demonstrating the current proficiencies.  

     

    Re-Assessment:

    Students who score a 3 or below on a given assessment may retake/redo assessments, but it must happen within a two week window from the time the original work is returned to students. I strongly urge students to do this within one week, so as not to be overwhelmed by the past work and the current work. Students will be given the opportunity to reassess a specific assessment once.  If students would like to re-assess, the student must do the following:

    1. complete all missing work from the unit
    2. identify and correct mistakes and/or missing concepts on the original assessment
    3. complete any related practice per the teacher’s request
    4. conference with the teacher, showing completion of missing work, corrections on the original assessment.

     

    Additionally, no late assignments will be accepted after the end of a marking period.