Spanish 2 - Week 4 Update

Sra. Odom - Summer 2015

Week 4/Unit 4 Assignments Due

Can you believe that we are entering the mid-point of the summer session? Students should be done with ALL assignments through Unit 3 now, as they were due last week. If not, they should catch up ASAP! The following assignments are due this week:



Unidad 4 - Mi Familia

  • **Unidad 4 y 5 - Required Live Class** - (during week 4 or 5)

  • Lección 1

    • _____ Práctica de Vocabulario

    • (_____ Optional Practice: Actividades de Vocabulario)

    • _____ Prueba de Vocabulario

    • _____ Práctica de Gramática

    • (_____ Actividad Suplementaria ~ BBC Mi Vida Loca: Episodio 11)

  • Lección 2

    • _____ Práctica de Vocabulario

    • (_____ Optional Practice: Actividades de Vocabulario)

    • _____ Prueba de Vocabulario

    • _____ Práctica de Gramática

    • _____ Escribir

    • _____ Hablar

    • (_____ Actividad Suplementaria ~ BBC Mi Vida Loca: Episodio 4)

  • Lección 3

    • _____ Práctica de Vocabulario

    • (_____ Optional Practice: Actividades de Vocabulario)

    • _____ Prueba de Vocabulario

    • _____ Práctica de Gramática

    • _____ Hablar

  • Lección 4

    • _____ Práctica de Vocabulario

    • (_____ Optional Practice: Actividades de Vocabulario)

    • _____ Prueba de Vocabulario

    • _____ Práctica de Gramática

    • _____ Escuchar

    • _____ Escribir

  • Lección 5

    • _____ Práctica de Vocabulario

    • (_____ Optional Practice: Actividades de Vocabulario)

    • _____ Prueba de Vocabulario

    • _____ Práctica de Gramática

    • _____ Actividad Cultural

    • (_____ Actividad Suplementaria ~ BBC Mi Vida Loca: Episodio 15)

    • _____ Update your eLinguaFolio & Reflect

    • _____ Unidad 3/4: Proyecto Final

Sra. Odom's Unit 4/5 Required Synchronous Session

Friday, July 10th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Students are required to attend an RLC (either with me or with another Spanish 2 teacher) for 6 total sessions in the summer (GS, U1, U2/3, U4/5, U6/7, U8/Final). Parents and ELAs are invited to attend. To access the Moodle Spanish 2 Calendar (with scheduled RSS sessions), click here. (Please note that this will continue to be updated.)

This week's RLC Schedule:

Unit 4/5:

  • Tues, July 7 @ 3:30 pm
  • Tues, July 7 @ 8 pm
  • Wed, July 8 @ 10 am
  • Thurs, July 9 @ 9 pm
  • **Fri, July 10 @ 3 pm**
  • Fri, July 10 @ 6 pm

Notes on Assignments and Grading


Hopefully by now, you are getting more accustomed to the way that Moodle works (if you weren't already). Here are some notes about assignments, grading, rubrics & feedback that may answer some of your questions and/or are friendly reminders.


  • Students should complete the assignments listed on the "Schedule of Assignments" only. If they haven't printed this out, they should do so asap to use as their agenda/check-off list. It's in the "Start Here!" section/module.
  • Students need to complete *all* assignments, in order, and on time (according to the schedule of assignments). There is *no* reason not to complete an assignment. If they are having issues completing/submitting an assignment, let me know asap, so I can help identify/fix the issue and/or provide an alternative.
  • Assignments are to be completed in their individual assignment pages, not through messages or email.
  • They should read the directions for each assignment carefully. For some, you have multiple attempts; others just one. For some, they have to earn a certain score before they'll be able to move forward.
  • Assignments are due weekly on Friday by midnight.
  • Messages, forums, and voice boards have to be graded separately, so there may be a delay in the grades appearing. They will appear as " - " until they are graded. Feedback for these assignments will be in their specific locations, not in the actual gradebook.
  • They are not to open a quiz, test, or auto-graded assignment until they are ready to complete it. They cannot save it and come back to it. It must be completed in one sitting and you must not click outside of the page. - If they do any of these things, it may lock them out of it/freeze.
  • All assignments are graded according to proficiency using the grading rubrics in the "Grading Rubrics" folder in the "Start Here!" module. Please familiarize yourself with these and feel free to refer back to them when/as needed. Knowing how they are graded should help them get the best grade (and the highest proficiency level) possible. Let me know if you have any questions on this.
  • I always provide feedback detailing what they did incorrectly and/or their demonstrated proficiency level on an assignment. If you ever have questions on the feedback that I provide and/or need additional information/help, please let me know!
  • They should get into the habit of checking your grades and feedback daily! To do this, click on "Grades" in the left-hand sidebar. You are encouraged to do this too!
  • From this point forward, you/they should look at the "Summer" average listed in the gradebook for the most accurate average. If there are any missing assignments, they count as 0s and dramatically bring down their averages. This is one of the many reasons that it's so important for students to do ALL work on time or ahead of schedule!
  • Different assignments are worth different weights. Participation is 10%, Reading and Writing is 15%, Speaking and Listening is 15%, Cultural Activities are 15%, Quizzes are 20% and Final Projects are 25%
  • The final course grade is made up of 75% regular course work and 25% Final Exam/Project Average.

If you have questions on any of this or anything related to assignments, grades, feedback, rubrics, etc., please don't hesitate to let me know!

Students who need help

Students are required to attend 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. 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).
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.

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! :-)