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Mr. Harris - Middle & High School Spanish

SPANISH 1
Sr. Harris - Classroom 237
 
Bienvenido! I hope everyone enjoyed his and her summer. I am very excited to be your Spanish teacher and look forward to a great year with great students.
 
I graduated from Wingate University in 2002 with a Degree in Business Marketing and Spanish. I spent two years teaching at Benton Heights Elementary, as an after-school teacher before I entered the banking industry as an online banking specialist and mortgage analyst. My Spanish background was very helpful in my success as it allowed me to build dynamic relationships with our Spanish speaking consumers and clients. I am the Head Coach for our Men's Basketball and Track and Field teams. I have a wonderful family that keeps me young. My wife is Keisha, my oldest son is Joshua, my younger son is Justin, and my daughter which is the youngest is Marianna.
 
Spanish 1: "This is a beginners course that studies the target language and its culture. It allows students to perform the most basic functions of the language and to become familiar with some elements of its culture. The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with special attention given to the listening and speaking skills within a given context extending outside of the classroom setting when possible. The context focuses on the adolescents' lives, needs, and experiences and includes an exposure to everyday customs and lifestyles. Basic vocabulary includes numbers,  calendar, classes, activities, places, food, sports and family, and basic grammar such as adjective agreement, nouns gender and number, regular verb conjugations, some stem changing verbs and IR+ infinitive to express future tense."
 

Class expectations:

  1. llegar a tiempo y tener materiales. (Come to class on time and prepared to learn)
    The first 5 minutes are crucial  in my class. You will have a conversational warm up that will help your Spanish skills grow and solidify the grammar structures. No bathroom breaks or locker is allowed in the first 20 minutes.
  1. Escuchar y respetar a las personas.  (Listen to instructions and respect each other in turn and opinion)
    Our class is conversational,  enjoy speaking spanish  but please listen to others as well, you will be surprised to see how much you learn from your peers.  
  1. Usar Español (Students are expected to use Spanish and participate in class)
    My classroom will be the only place where most of you will listen to and speak spanish daily for 1 hour. Let’s make this time valuable  and engage in all activities.

I anticipate  having a wonderful a year and maintain a respectful relationship with you. If I need you to improve something, I will do the following:

 

1st time - Verbal warning.
2nd time - Relocation if needed and/or an individual agreement.
3rd time - Parent contact.
4th time - Referral to the deans.

 

Grading Policy:

30 % Classwork
Online work and worksheets done in class, have ALL class materials, staying on task, etc. Work should be submitted on time. Students only get partial the next days. No classwork is allowed after one week.

70% Assessments  (Quizzes, Tests) and Mastery Skills
Expect a small quiz weekly to assess progress and get feedback on the learning process. Students can retake most of the assessments.

Mastery Skills --(Fluency evaluation-- speaking, writing, reading and listening)
Our Spanish department uses a  “Standards –Based” grading system.  This means that students will be graded on how well they can perform a function of the language (see rubric below). As we learn a new structures students will have repetitive practice and feedback in order to achieve the expected level of proficiency.  Students are also allowed to repeat skills assessments.

 

The following chart/scale will be the rubric to determine the Skills assessment grade:

Numeric

Language Level

Description

90-100%

Advanced

Student performs at proficient level and always expands  with minor to no errors

Student masters the topic or concept.

80-89%

Proficient

Student uses required vocabulary, grammatical structures, and spelling/pronunciation correctly most of the time.

Student understands the topic or concept.

70-79%

Basic

Student demonstrates the skill, but errors are common. Inconsistent use of vocabulary, grammatical structures, and/or spelling/pronunciation impedes communication.

Student needs assistance to understand the topic or concept.

60-69%

Below Basic

Student shows low skills. Errors are common and shows lack of required vocabulary and/or grammatical structures.

Student struggles to understand the topic or concept.

< 59%

 

Student’s performance is unacceptable.




 

Incomplete/ late  Graded Work Policy:

As part of the character education program, it is imperative that students learn the value of task completion. Therefore, students are required to complete all assignments in order to do well in my class.

  • Student work is to be submitted on time
  • Work not submitted on time will be marked as  “0”  until submitted.
  • A student who fails to submit an assignment on time fills in a google form located in Canvas  with the information related to the assignment.
  • After 1 day 10% will be deducted.
  • After 2 days 30% will be deducted.
  • Students are allowed to retake and turn in late  all graded assignments.
This policy does not apply to completion grades in the classwork category!


Supply List:

  • 1 small 3 ring Binder w/ paper
  • 1 pack of dividers
  • a pair of headphones
 
Cordially,

 

Señor Harris