August 25, 2020
Dear Students and Families,
I am looking forward to welcoming you virtually later this week to our German class. Students, please make sure you have joined Google Classroom prior to our first class together. Families, once everyone has signed up for classroom, I will be inviting you to get an email summary of your child’s progress in my class. Click this link to learn more about those summaries. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns (email preferred) and I will follow up with you during our office hours in the afternoons.
Students, we will be kick starting our time together via a Google Meets session. You can join by clicking on the Meet link at the top of the page at the start of the class period.
I have my Google Classroom organized by date. Each date you will see an overview post with the plan for the day, both synchronous (Synchron) and asynchronous (Asynchron) pieces. Any assignments will also include a number which matches the task number on the overview post. Please note there is a Google Calendar on the top of the classwork page, this will help you stay organized and have an overview of when things are due.
As the only German teacher, I will be responsible for both in person and remote learners simultaneously. My plans to balance the needs of all my learners is to start each class with joint instruction (via Google Meets for any learning remotely) and transitioning to asynchronous tasks for the latter part of the period. I will be recording these sessions whenever possible and posting to Classroom, however, participating live is still expected for attendance purposes. The recordings are intended for those absent or needing additional input/review. In person learners can also expect a quick mask/snack break outdoors (weather permitting) between the synchronous and asynchronous parts of each lesson.
Please see my syllabi for more information on my courses.
I am excited to see everyone’s smiling faces in the coming days and starting on our journey. Thank you for being a part of our German program at SLHS.
Schedule for Jess Duran
Please see your class period for Google Classroom join codes. Join before your first class and click on the Meet link you see on the landing page.
Period 1: German 2
Period 2: German 1
Period 3: Plan
Period 4: Plan
Period 5: German 3
Period 6: German 1
Period 7: German 2
Period 8: German 4/IB
Frau Duran grew up bilingual with a German mother and American father. She has lived in Texas, Germany and Colorado. After high school she attended the University of Northern Colorado, earning two Bachelor’s degrees, one in German and one in Psychology. Jess then pursued her Master’s at the University of Arizona, where she was a graduate teaching assistant and fell in love with teaching. After graduating at the age of 22, Jess took her first high school teaching position in Tucson, Arizona, doubling the size of the program and starting an exchange program with a German high school in Bavaria. Jess returned to Colorado to be closer to family and is thrilled to be at SLHS. In her spare time she and her two children enjoy hiking and playing board games together. Jess is also a member of the American Association of Teachers of German, part of the Jeffco World Language Advisory and Co-Director of Colorado German Day. She runs the GAPP (German American Partnership Program) with the Staffelsee Gymnasium in Murnau, Bavaria. Every year around 15 students have the opportunity to spend a month in Germany during the summer and host a German student for two weeks in the spring.