We are now starting week 3. Students should have already finished (or be finishing up) the Getting Started Unit and Unit 1 (a review of Spanish 2). I will be contacting parents this week to let you know how your student is doing in our course.
This week we are starting on Unit 2, Las Relaciones Personales (Personal Relationships). As we continue to go through the semester, all units are now 2 weeks, with specific assignments being due each week. Students will now attend one RLC every two weeks. Please encourage students to attend the RLC at the beginning of each new unit as the information in the RLC will help students tremendously in learning the new material and will help them when completing the assignments for the current unit. Assignments are due each Friday evening at 11:55pm. Last, students are encouraged to work ahead in the class! Below is a list of what is due this week.
SoftChalk (or the green puzzle piece)
Next page of SoftChalk
Vocabulary Lists for each unit
Required Live Classes (RLC)
FYI: February 3rd is the last day to drop the class. (ELAs/Schools are the only ones who can drop/register students.)
Culture Cafe for Extra Credit!
Peer Tutor Center
What can you do to help your student be successful in this course?
- Remind students 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 your student are familiar with the Spanish Dept. Guidelines. They are available under "Start Here!" module/section.
- **Make sure that students have printed off the "Schedule of Assignments" under "Start Here!" (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 students complete *ALL* assignments, in order, to the best of their ability and on time. 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 students 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 students to go ahead and mark their calendars to schedule when they will attend additional their "Required Live Classes". Students are required to attend a total of 10 (Getting Started, Unit 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and Final) during the spring. There are at least 5-6 different options for each RLC. They are more than welcome and encouraged to attend more! These are live classes with me and/or other Spanish 3 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. They will take notes during the session to upload to the assignment page, as well as answer a few questions for full credit.
- Encourage students to ask questions, seek help, and communicate with me as much as possible. Communication is critical in an online class. BBIM 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. 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 cheating.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 and is not sure, he/she can ask me. Please make sure that you and students 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 your student how he/she is doing and have he/she show you his/her grades in the course. 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. In addition, I will be communicating with parents every 2 weeks (if not more often) about student progress.