06 January 2014

Una Palabra

I had seen a few people picking their word for the year when my Super Pinner colleague suggested I take the project bilingual. So I made a Spanish version of Mique's awesome resolution page. I'm looking forward to reinforcing our school-wide "One Word" campaign in the target language and maybe plastering my one allotted bulletin board with Spanish words that mean something significant to my students.

I also chose my One Word:

Whether it's setting up and scaffolding a new project I want to inspire my Spanish classes, getting the week's laundry sorted, or simply mentally and physically switching gears to attend fully to my six-year-old's violin practice, I need to stop making excuses and start making ready. I need to anticipate the challenges and plan the necessary steps to meet them, getting myself and my environment in order to the best of my ability--even if it's just putting down my phone and maintaining eye contact.

It's my first day with a new crop of kids today, my first in a while with a Spanish 3 class--first ever with an honest-to-goodness combo class. It's fair to say that I am not entirely prepared. However, what with a post a day every day so far this year, I think it's also fair to say that I am preparing. I guess that's why I went with the verb rather than the adjective: it's a moving target.

I'm pretty pleased with my fancy new ThingLink infograph syllabi (though I need to add more links), but the semester is far from laid out. I've got an outline of plans for the coming week, though, and a standards-based  portfolio end game for my Spanish classes. I have strategies set up to avoid some of last semester's pitfalls, my classroom set up, and contacts lined up for 2 of the 3 projects I'm planning on this semester.

I may not be prepared, but I'm ready to keep reminding myself: prepare.

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