Frontier Class Expectations, Assignments and Grading

Classroom Expectations

1. Be in class on time and prepared.
2. Follow directions the first time they are given.
3. Allow the teacher and other students to speak without interruption, taking turns speaking by raising your hand.
4. Stay seated in assigned seat and refrain from behaviors that disrupt learning and/or teaching.
5. Respect others in what you say and do.
6. Maintain a positive attitude.
7. Follow SOAR in the classroom

Respect and Risk Taking

Learning something new requires risk taking. It is important to be respectful of everyone in class and actively participate – even when mistakes are made!

Learning another language can be a lot of fun. In order for that to be true for everyone, there needs to be a unanimous agreement on how we get along in class. There needs to be a minimum standard of respect, responsibility, and resolution.
In order for the language class to be a safe and fun place to learn, all action (or inaction) needs to be held up to the lens of appropriateness for class. Everything that goes on can be looked at with the following filters:

Am I being responsible for myself, my work, and my property?

Am I being respectful of others, their work, and their property?

Once we have that down, we can all take healthy and fun risks and venture into the strange realm of learning a foreign language and culture.

If you’re still not sure about what you are about to do or have just done, ask yourself these questions or consult the policies below:

Am I acting with integrity and honesty?
Am I part of the problem or part of the solution?

STEPS TO HELP YOU BE SUCCESSFUL

1. Attendance: Attend school regularly and be in class on time. New information is planned for your classes each day. Missing classes prevents you from benefitting from explanations and class participation, especially in a foreign language class. If you do have to miss be sure to find out what you missed before you leave or immediately upon your return to class. The material that we learn today may be the foundation for what we do tomorrow.

2. Organization: Take good notes and review or re-write them within a twenty four hour period. If you do have to miss class be sure to find out what you missed before you leave or immediately upon your return to class. The material that we learn today may be the foundation for what we do tomorrow.

3. Preparation: Fill out and keep up a school organizer so that you know what your assignments are and when due dates are for tests, projects, etc… Also be sure to bring daily materials needed everyday.

4. Attitude: You will have a better classroom experience if you maintain a good, positive attitude and are willing to cooperate with other people and classroom rules. Be courteous. Think of others in the class as well as your own learning environment.

5. Listening Skills: Listen to instructions and follow directions. Show courage, and ask questions if you don’t understand an assignment. Always look over assignments before you leave class and ask questions when an assignment is given rather than when it is due.

6. Complete Your Assignments: Start your assignments right away. Complete them and turn them in on time. Take pride in your work. It is a great feeling when you do a great job.

Assignments

Students will keep a dictionary of vocabulary covered in class. This will be the 2nd section of the 3-subject spiral. This vocabulary can be found on the Spanish Vocabulary and Powerpoints page. At the top of the page are links to the vocabulary we cover. There are also powerpoint presentations that they can click on to practice. At the end are the conversations that they have to learn.

Students will apply knowledge to creating projects and stories.

Students will have  homework every night. In addition to completing any class assignments, a minimum of 15 minutes must be spent studying the meaning, pronunciation and spelling of vocabulary.

Students can make flashcards of the vocabulary in their dictionaries in order for them to practice the vocabulary at home. This is the #1 strategy for learning a new language.

There are several websites on the resources page to help you study as well as additional vocabulary lists. I am also available to work with you after school.

Grading

Achievement:

Achievement = Projects and quizzes

Advanced = Communicates w/ no errors
Proficient = Communicates w/ few errors
Partial Proficient = Communicates but with numerous errors
Unsatisfactory = Unable to communicate message / idea

Effort:

Effort = Students take part in class activities and practice at home with flashcards, conversations, etc.


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