Getting quizlet set up:
Follow this link: https://quizlet.com/join/mDZKjKeg8
This should send you to sign up and join my class all at once
If that does not work follow these steps:
1. Either download the quizlet app on your phone/tablet or go to www.quizlet.com in your browser
2. Click Sign Up, create a profile using either your facebook or an email address
3. Once you get to your profile, click Create or Join a class in the sidebar.
4. Search (in classes, not sets) Rockey Spanish 4. It must be spelled exactly like that or it will not show up. Don't forget the E in my name. If for some reason that is not showing up, you can trying searching my username Profe_Rockey.
5. Request to join my class and I will accept you.
Once I have accepted you:
You may then go to "Sets" and choose the oktapodi vocab set.
Practice for at least 15 minutes to prepare for our QUIZ ON THURSDAY (A day) /FRIDAY (B day)
**We will be using quizlet often. I will almost always create a quizlet vocab set for what we are currently working on (either our novels and stories we are reading or our telenovela we are watching). I expect you to spend at least 30 minutes a week outside of class practicing vocab on quizlet. I can see how long you spent and what activities you did. This is one of the only forms of homework you will have in this class. It will be for a grade.
Where are the desks??!!
This year in the World Languages department at the Academy we are focusing on aligning our methods and curriculum. Our biggest goal is to provide comprehensible and compelling input to our students.
One strategy we are piloting in order to achieve more engagement and comprehension is going “deskless”. This one change has a tremendous impact on the classroom; instead of a narrow and deep seating arrangement of rows, we now have the possibility of arranging a classroom with no far back corners inaccessible to the teacher. A simple circle, or half circles arranged like an amphitheater, allows every student a privileged position to observe and interact with the lesson. Teachers can monitor engagement by teaching to the eyes of students, something nearly impossible when a sea of heads extend back thirty feet.
Lauren Tauchman, our High School Spanish 1 and 2 teacher (formerly Junior High Spanish), removed her student desks last year. Student desks can serve to inhibit student learning in language classes. With a sea of desks obstructing the teacher’s vision it is easy for students to surreptitiously spend the class period monitoring social media on their cellphones. By placing work for other classes on top of their notebooks, it is easy to spend the class period completing math assignments while it appears that they are taking copious notes. Now there are no longer desks for students to rest their heads and disengage. In fact, the student desks get in the way of what your child needs most to acquire a language: their full attention during class.
Student desks are still useful for lecture courses that require a lot of note-taking. World language classes, on the other hand, no longer require extensive note-taking. In a typical class period students dedicate the first few moments to completing a written IN and then materials are placed under the chairs or on the back tables. The rest of the class period is dedicated to input activities (listening and reading mostly) that help students develop the ability to use the target phrases naturally. Students hear and read high frequency words and phrases in a variety of contexts so that they develop an ear for the language.In order for this to work, teachers must verify that students comprehend everything said and shown in class. Thus it is important that teachers are able to carefully observe the eyes of all students for signs of wavering or lack of comprehension.
Listening, reading, speaking and writing all still have a place in our classrooms. Often at least five to ten minutes of class are dedicated to a writing activity. They will have several options during these times: simply writing in their notebook or binder positioned in their lap, using a clipboard or white board as writing surface, or flipping around to one of our 5 tables lining the back of the classroom. Overall the use of chairs helps students engage in class to become more active learners while using the language, rather than passive note-takers. It is an exciting pedagogical shift, and I hope you share our excitement.