Tarea (Spanish Homework)
I've introduced our monthly homework in all our classes by now! Homework in my class is designed to practice beyond the classroom. Becoming proficient in a language requires daily practice. We have 2 hours of class time a week, which is great for an introduction and for structured practice (and hopefully some cool projects) but is just not enough for fluency. Students should complete at least one practice activity each week outside of the classroom and keep track of evidence in a report. At the end of the month they'll turn in the report of what they've done. Each month we’ll have a detailed list of activities to choose from, along with descriptions of the evidence needed for each. (See the options for each class below!)
We’ll start the year by exploring some of these activities during class time, so that each student can find activities that fits with their individual interests and learning style.
Here are what homework looks like in each grade:
- 5th grade: Homework options and report
- Since this is the first time students have had monthly Spanish homework, we will be exploring lots of these options in the classroom for this first month. We've been talking about what kind of learners we are, and how to find practice that is just right for us!
- 6th grade: Tarea de septiembre
- Students who had me for Spanish last year will already be somewhat familiar with our homework. In 6th grade the options gradually become more advanced, and we increase our use of technology. The first month, they will choose from the options and report what they did on paper. After we go over technology norms and have access to technology (hopefully by mid September) they will be logging their activities and evidence online through Google Classroom.
- 7th & 8th grade: Homework options (Report on Google Classroom)
- 7th & 8th grade students are already familiar with our homework format and with the reports on Google Classroom. The activities are organized a little differently and I've adjusted some options, but the format is the same. Their Tarea de septiembre is already posted, along with their individual report.
Homework is always due at the end of the month. Middle school students have weekly reminders and all deadlines posted on their homework calendars.