Smithfield-Selma Week 2 Update

Spanish 2 - Spring 2015

What's on the agenda this week:

Students should be (almost) done with ALL assignments in the Start Here! section and be starting Unit 1 this week. We know that a few assignments were not able to be completed last week due to the computers not being updated (GS VB, GS BBIM, and GS RLC). All other assignments should be done and those three should be done this week, along with this week's work. This week is an *intensive* review of Spanish 1. It's critical that students watch all 8 videos (which are around an hour) and take notes, accordingly. They should make star any concept for which they didn't learn or don't remember, so that we (the NCVPS teachers) can follow up with them individually to ensure that they have a solid foundation before moving to Unit 2 (the first unit of new/Spanish 2 content).

Here are the assignments that are DUE this week:

Unidad 1 - Repaso de Español 1

  • **Unidad 1/2 - Required Live Class** (this will be postponed until next week, since we had to push the GS RLC to this week)

  • _____ Video de Repaso de Unidad 1 ~ Español 1

  • _____ Video de Repaso de Unidad 2 ~ Español 1

  • _____ Video de Repaso de Unidad 3 ~ Español 1

  • _____ Video de Repaso de Unidad 4 ~ Español 1

  • _____ Video de Repaso de Unidad 5 ~ Español 1

  • _____ Video de Repaso de Unidad 6 ~ Español 1

  • _____ Video de Repaso de Unidad 7 ~ Español 1

  • _____ Video de Repaso de Unidad 8 ~ Español 1

  • _____ Proyecto Final del Repaso de Español 1

Week 1’s work/Getting Started Unit closes permanently this Friday, 3/20 at 11:55 pm. Those assignments include:

Getting Started in your NCVPS Spanish Course

  • _____ **Getting Started - Required Live Class (RLC)**

  • _____ Getting Started Lesson w/ Final Quiz

  • _____ Academic Integrity Quiz

  • _____ Getting Started with Blackboard IM

  • _____ How to complete an assignment (Uploading a file/document)

  • _____ How to complete an assignment (Voice Board)

  • _____ How to complete an assignment (Audio File Upload)

  • _____ How to check/send your teacher a message

How can you help (as an ELA/parent) this week?

1. Ask your students how they are doing, what they are doing (which assignment/s) and what they are learning. If they can't tell you with great detail, they aren't getting it.

2. Have your students show you their grades (they are available 24/7) OR have them give you their log-in info., so you can check in on them anytime. You just click on "Grades" in the left-hand sidebar.

As you probably know, students are not always forthcoming/proactive, so ask them! :-)

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Required Live Class Schedule For This Week

Getting Started (make-up session/s):

  • Tues, 3/17 @ 7:30 am
  • Tues, 3/17 @ 8:45 am
  • Tues, 3/17 @ 10:30 am
  • Wed, 3/18 @ 9 pm
Do your computers meet the NCVPS Tech. Requirements?

Click here to see the most up-to-date list. Please note that students should have a headset w/ microphone OR a computer with built-in speakers and microphone.

Students who need help

Students are required to attend Required Live Classes throughout the course (6 total for SSHS), which is a virtual classroom environment that allows for complete interaction with the teacher and other students. As such, questions are often answered in these sessions. However, if/when a student needs additional help, he/she should first ask me, the teacher. If I'm not available and it's a quick question, he/should should take advantage of the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center's Quick Questions via BB IM. If more serious content tutoring/remediation is needed, the student/s can request one-on-one tutoring with me and/or a peer tutor. If a student is weary, nervous, and/or conscientious about taking the class online, he/she can request a Virtual Buddy from the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center for moral support, technical assistance, and more. See the video below for complete details on the PTC (information is located in the course as well).
Click here for NCVPS Virtual Support/Help Desk!

The NCVPS Virtual Support Center is available for technical assistance (for which I cannot do/help). They can be reached via phone during business hours or any time via Help Desk ticket.

About Me

Let me introduce myself. My name is Teryn Odom and I am from Charlotte, but currently live in Raleigh. I graduated with Bachelor's degrees in Spanish, Psychology (and Education) from UNC-Charlotte and am a NC Teaching Fellow. I earned my Master's in International Studies from NC State University. I am now taking classes to earn my add-on administration certification online from UNC-Wilmington. I am currently an online Spanish Teacher, Instructional Leader and Course Development Team Leader for North Carolina Virtual Public School. I also have the pleasure of serving as an Advisory Board Member for NCVPS. In addition to my work at NCVPS, I teach the professional development course, Teaching World Languages Online, for LEARN NC as needed and work as a consultant/contractor for the NC Department of Public Instruction. I have taught middle school, high school and post-secondary at Wake Technical Community College. I love spending time with my husband and two sons, traveling, photography, reading, listening to music, experimenting with technology tools, researching, fishing, cooking, gardening, and playing with my two yorkies. I have traveled to over 21 different countries (including over 140 cities) and lived in three (Spain, Costa Rica & Mexico). My goal is to visit each Spanish-speaking country and each continent at least once. I have a fervent desire to create and innovate new learning opportunities for individuals in North Carolina and throughout the world. In fact, one of my research interests has been promoting sustainability in countries around the world through distance learning. As a language teacher, I strive to teach critical life skills and build character in addition to teaching and promoting language and culture. I know that all students/people are not language lovers, but all students/people can learn another language and have fun while doing so! :-)