1b. Teachers engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
Students learn grammar/verb tenses for the purpose of real-world application. The past tenses, for example, are used to give eye-witness accounts of crimes, both in writing and speech by using the language lab. The subjunctive is learned in order to be able to respond to the needs expressed in a "Dear Abby" letter. This activity involves students writing letters then rotating from station to station, reading others' letters and recording their advice on the language lab.
Students also frequently use the internet both for practice and to research grammatical and cultural topics related to the course content.
2b. Teachers develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
The majority of homework assignments come from the Descubre website. This supplementary resource allows students to explore authentic Spanish language audio and video recordings while checking for comprehension. Nearly all assignments provide instant feedback, enabling students to identify and correct their errors as they work. The final assessment, while not related to the Descubre site, requires students to use a variety of educational technologies to create and publish a newscast in Spanish. Here is an example from last year...
5d. Teachers contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.
This year I share the teaching responsibility for Spanish III Honors with Linda Johnson. Linda and I touch base on occasion to ensure horizontal alignment. However, the real work in this area was done early on by sharing all of my typed lesson plans, SMART Board files, Beyond Question student response activities, and online assessments. Linda has successfully incorporated these academic technologies throughout the year, contributing to her professional development and providing me with the opportunity to reflect on and refine my own teaching resources and strategies.