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Elizabethtown College (PA)
During my undergraduate studies I was fortunate enough to get experience in classrooms that cover my K-12 certification. This has given me a variety of perspectives, and a huge bag of tricks. I am familiar with the Sing N’ Speak Spanish Program, and Avancemos textbooks, yet, I know that there is always more to learn since I have very little experience with textbooks. It has then become a personal goal to create the safest classroom environment where mistakes are a part of the learning process not something that places a need on perfection in order to participate. This will be done because of having the general knowledge of educational theories such as: Krashen’s Input Hypothesis, Vytgotsky’s ZPD, Behaviorism, and the cognitive theories will allow me to accurately assess my classes and understand their needs. Hence, I believe that every student has the capability to learn a foreign language regardless of age.
Taking that one step farther I hope to create a rapport with my students in which they know I do sincerely care about their success which will only occur if they feel listened to. Therefore, I want to design lessons around as many of the multiple intelligences as possible. By doing this I can ensure that at some point every student will be able to shine because I have attempted to play to all strengths. This should be done through differentiated instruction but more importantly it should be done by adding context to content. By this I mean adding relevancy my students will appreciate Today that means integrating technology through social networking sites, blogs, videos, cell phone apps. Exams are good at the end of units to make sure that students were able to understand all material presented to them, however, in my opinion these should be supplemented with corresponding projects which will allow students to maximize what they know versus what they do not in a way that allows for students creativity to shine but produce the most accuracy in the Target Language. Assessment should never be a punishment, where you are out the get the students. Students need to be familiar with what is going to be on the test. Therefore, in my opinion the best way to accomplish this is by reusing other assessment formats that taught the content needed for the exam. I want assessments to of course provide me with accurate reading of what the students know but, in a way where students can succeed.
My philosophy is: As soon as it is [referring to the classroom environment] not fun, I do not want to do it anymore. To clarify it’s that if I’m not making my curriculum enjoyable and exciting to the point where it’s boring to me, how can I ask my students to be excited about the same thing? Along with that if my students allow the class to not be fun because of their actions it will be reflected in how I go on teaching. The reason I use this as a motto is because it provides a way for cooperation and negotiation. I lay out the foundation and the students are the ones responsible for constructing the outcome. I am not just another teacher, but someone who wants to be a role model. During my undergraduate studies I was fortunate enough to get experience in classrooms that cover my K-12 certification. This has given me a variety of perspectives, and a huge bag of tricks. I am familiar with the Sing N’ Speak Spanish Program, and Avancemos textbooks, yet, I know that… Read more
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I graduated college with a degree in Spanish Education from Elizabethtown College. During this time I had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain for an entire academic year. I have taught all ages from K-6 graders, 5th grade and traditional High School Curriculum. I am flexible and willing to adapt lessons to the individual needs of students.
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