I have developed a loose plan for how I will begin the first couple of weeks of school borrowed and based on the ideas of many talented teachers and teacher blogs out there:
Carol Gaab’s 2 week lesson plan is found here: http://www.tprstorytelling.com/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=39&Itemid=300065
-Using her basic format for starting with the TPRS lessons and blending with my Realidades TPRS book so that I can cover the stuff that will be on the common assessment in our district as well (200 question scantron vocabulary matching and multiple choice).
The Comprehensible Classroom found here: http://martinabex.com/2011/08/17/first-day-of-school-plans-pqa/
-I like her ideas for seating charts and pairing kids up into random groups later on.
Profa Baro’s Interactive Notebooks (yay, no more binders that fall apart) found here: http://profabarostprs.blogspot.com/2013/03/interactive-notebooks.html
-I am totally going to try this out for next year with my Spanish 2 and 3 classes.
Also, I am going to give Standards-Based Grading using ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines a go for next year. See this chart created by Martina Bex found here: http://data10.teacherspayteachers.com/Download/Proficiency-Targets
I am poring over Profa Baro’s Curriculum ideas because her stuff is so well organized and she rocks the Interactive Notebooks. I will definitely be referencing her stuff a lot as well as Kristy Placido and Martina Bex. I hope that my curriculum in the end truly becomes my “own” and I know that I have some excellent master teachers to look up to for guidance in that goal.