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1b. Teachers engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
In Spanish V, students use the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to frame and formulate opinions about immigration to the United States. They learn the tenets of this document through both print and digital media (see below).
Students express their opinions through composition writing, classroom debate,policy drafting, and final digital projects.
In Spanish III Honors, students write children's stories as part of their integrated performance-based assessment at the end of the first trimester. We are exploring possible community outreach opportunities for students to share their work with Spanish-speaking children. Opportunity for inter-divisional collaboration also exists and will be considered during the second trimester.
1c. Teachers promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.
Spanish V students, in completing the above-mentioned digital project, synthesize the major themes of the course and identify how they are tied to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They integrate knowledge of history, film, and literature in completing this assignment.
2d. Teachers provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.
Students are regularly assessed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This year, Spanish III Honors students piloted the use of digital textbook resources. This has allowed for better daily feedback on homework assignments, greater exposure to a variety of native speakers through embeddeed audio and video segments, and the ability to submit questions during the process of completing assessments.
In addition to more traditional testing methods, students also complete a range of different formal assessments. These include, but are not limited to, story writing/telling (both digital and print media), news broadcasting (videos posted to YouTube), targeted interpersonal speaking assessments using the language lab to facilitate recording, and interpreting authentic literature and films.