Welcome to Spanish 2!

with Sr. Everitt

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About me!

Let me introduce myself. I am Paul Everitt and I live in Raleigh. I attended UNC-Chapel Hill and received my undergraduate degree in Spanish and International Studies. While a student at UNC I spent my junior year abroad and studied in Sevilla, Spain at the Universidad de Sevilla. A few years ago I earned my Master's in Education in Instructional Technology from NCSU and I hold certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Spanish. I have been teaching part-time for NCVPS for 6 years and I teach at Durham School of the Arts during the school year. I love spending time with my 3 sons (ages 6, 3, and 4 months), my wife, and our dog Silly. We enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, cooking, and playing outside. 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!
You are receiving this because you are listed as the parent, guardian, or school based Electronic Learning Advisor (ELA) of a student that I am currently teaching in Spanish II this semester. Please read this entire welcome flyer and let me know if you have any questions (see contact info. below).

If you feel that you have received this message in error, please let me know and I'll remove you from my email list. I got this email address and your contact information from the NCVPS Registration System. If it's not up-to-date and/or there are additional contacts/information, please let me know.

Click here for the Spanish 2 Course in Moodle!

(You must be a student or have the student log-in information to access.)

What can you do to help your student/s succeed?

  • Remind them to read the course announcements DAILY (called the Learning Block Forum). This is their lifeline to the course and contains critical information and instruction.
  • Make sure that you and they are familiar with the Spanish Dept. Guidelines. A link is posted to these in the announcements and they are available under "Start Here!" module/section.
  • **Make sure that they have printed off the "Schedule of Assignments" found via the link on the homepage of the course. (It can also be found here.) This document has every assignment on it and when it is due. The students should use this as a check-off list to keep track of what they have done and what they have left to do. It's critical that assignments are completed in the order listed on (or ahead of) time.
  • Make sure that they complete *ALL* assignments, to the best of their ability and on time. The Moodle Spanish courses are set up as "conditional" where *all* assignments are open/available, but can't be accessed until completing the previous activity/assignment (with certain scores being required for certain assignments). This means that students may work as quickly as they'd like, but they must complete the prior assignments before moving forward. Any assignments that are not completed will earn a zero. Assignments will show as "-"/0s until they are completed. Again, this is why the "Schedule of Assignments" is so important. It keeps them on track, completing work, in order, and on (or ahead of) time.
  • Remind them to take their time to read through and learn the material and not to rush. There should always be a focus on quality. Students may redo any assignment that isn't a quiz, test/final project or auto-graded assignment (with one attempt).
  • Remind them to go ahead and mark their calendars to schedule when they will attend additional their "Required Live Classes". While students are required to attend a total of 10 (Getting Started, Unit 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and Final). They are more than welcome and encouraged to attend more! These are live classes with me and/or other Spanish 2 teachers to go over the unit's major topics, assignments, present/discuss the material in detail, practice, ask/answer questions etc., just as you would in a regular classroom.
  • Encourage them to ask questions, seek help, and communicate with me as much as possible. Communication is critical in an online class. BB IM is the quickest/best way to communicate with me when I'm online and texting is the quickest/best way to communicate with me when I'm not online. However, they can also send me Moodle messages, text me, email me, or call me.
  • Remind them that the use of external sources (such as online translators, native speakers, other students, etc.) is forbidden and considered academic dishonesty. Everything that the students need should be in the course and he/she should use the material from the course for his/her answers. If he/she wants to know how to say something, he/she should ask me. Please make sure that you and they know all of the details of the academic honesty policy and the consequences of not following them, as stated in the Spanish Dept. Guidelines (link above).
  • Ask them how they are doing and have them show you their grades in the course. Moreover, ask them what they are learning and why they are learning it. If they can't answer these questions in detail, please let me know, as they may need extra help. Grades (and feedback) are always available under "Grades" in the left-hand sidebar. Specific feedback is provided for assignments, so make sure that they check over completed assignments to learn from any mistakes. If your student/s and/or you have questions/concerns on any of the grades/feedback, please let me know.
  • ELAs are responsible for checking and reporting grades to the students/parents on a biweekly basis after NCVPS grade reports have been sent to the schools.
  • Feel free to contact me via email (at paul.everitt@ncpublicschools.gov) anytime and by phone/text (at 919.423.8178) before 9 pm.

Grading, Rubrics & Feedback

The course grade is comprised of 3 parts (Quarter 1=37.5%, Quarter 2=37.5% and the Final Project/Exam=25%). Progress reports are completed and submitted to schools every other week. ELAs are responsible for distributing these to students and parents. Students in NCVPS Spanish courses are graded based on their Spanish-language proficiency. Please see the grading rubrics below for complete details. NCVPS only reports numerical grades, not alphabetical grades due to the variance among different schools/districts. All assignments receive specific feedback. It's critical for the students to check their grades/feedback daily and inquire with the teacher if they don't understand something or feel that there is an error. Assignments not attempted/completed receive a 0.

Grading Rubrics:

Below, are the grading rubrics that will be used to evaluate your performance/proficiency throughout the course. You should refer to these often, so that you know at what proficiency level you are performing and what you need to do to move to the next level.

Proficiency Levels and Examples:

Often students have misconceptions on what they will learn/be able to do by the end of the course. For world language, please note that you will not be fluent after one or two levels. It takes time to develop and increase in proficiency.

  • Click here to see the overarching grid of proficiency levels and outcomes.
  • Click here to see samples of Novice level speakers
  • Click here to see samples of Novice level writers
  • Click here to see samples of Intermediate level speakers
  • Click here to see samples of Intermediate level writers
  • Click here to see samples of Advanced level speakers
  • Click here to see samples of Advanced level writers
  • (Click here to see samples of all levels of Listening)
  • (Click here to see samples of all levels of Reading)

Students who need help

Students are required to attend the Required Live Classes throughout the course (at least one per unit/module), 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. I can always be reached by phone Mon-Fri from 4pm-5pm for help/tutoring. I am also available Mon-Thurs from 8:30pm-10:00pm for help/tutoring via Blackboard Instant Messenger (the IM program that is part of the course). I can answer quick questions (or arrange another mutually convenient tutoring time) by text message any day of the week at 919.423.8178.

Students can also take advantage of the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center's Quick Questions via Blackboard Instant Messenger (BBIM). If one-one-one 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).