August 23, 2012 by Kara
The first step I took to making my classroom proficiency-based was starting my lessons with an “I Can” performance goal. This helps me stay focused on what THEY will be able to DO at the end of the class. I learned quickly that it was really difficult to make a performance goal from “present tense -ar endings” lessons. When I switched to these, my students began to take ownership of their learning. Each student has the stamp sheets (see more under “Classroom Procedures” tab at top) that has the same goals.
Here are some of my goal screens that are up when they walk in. I also include images to pique their interest. They write down the date in Spanish from my board and the goal in their notebooks. Later they will add notes on this page. I rarely check these for grades, but they use them constantly. Sometimes I give open note assessments, but they can only use these notebooks.
This image is in English, but creates good discussion about the Mayans. I find “funny” ones from enladis.co (not appropriate for students to search). This Pinterest site has a nice collection. Thanks to Kim E. for sending us this!
I use Google images a lot to search for images. For this one I searched “todo sobre mi” (all about me) and found these images. This presents some key vocabulary in authentic pictures which is great for visual learners. They recognized the cartoon immediately.
This image is from desmotivaciones.com. They have tons! I used a different picture than the original because I wanted a puppy dog. Long story, but I talked about hanging out with my dog a lot during this unit. There are sites where you can create your own or I have made them using PowerPoint/Keynote.
Again, another touch of humor. My Spanish 1s on day 2 were so exited to figure this out. This was a good lead in for a “How did you understand this?” discussion and quickly understanding what a cognate was.
I love starting class with a specific goal and an emotional connection! They try to figure them out before I even ask. This gives me enough time to take attendance before jumping into the lesson.
Thanks Kim E. for discussing this topic with me previously!