Calling all Spanish teachers! Please critique my lesson plan!

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  1. Leaborb192

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    I have an interview for a MS Spanish position next week. As part of the interview, the committee wants me to teach a 10 minute lesson to them and they will act like my students. It's for Spanish 1. It's a simple plan, but I want them to get a feel for my style and to experience a lesson I would actually teach in the classroom. I'm not even going to attempt to touch technology in 10 minutes. Just let me know if you think the plan works or if there are any suggestions you would make to tweak and tighten it up. My biggest issue or concern is just showing them as much as I can in 10 minutes.

    Objective: Students will use tener expressions in Spanish

    Standard: 1. Students will be able to use a language other than English for communication.

    Procedure:

    The teacher will begin by reading the objective, in Spanish, to the students: Yo puedo usar expresiones de tener en español. The students will repeat the objective and the teacher will ask/explain what the objective means.

    The teacher will review the verb tener by asking students what it means (“to have”) and writing out the conjugations in the present tense indicative form. (Yo tengo; tú tienes; él, ella, usted tiene; nosotros tenemos; *vosotros tenéis; ellos, ellas, ustedes tienen)

    The teacher will explain that the verb tener can also be used with expressions in Spanish. The teacher will use the photo cards to introduce the tener expressions. The teacher will also model the associated gestures with each phrase. Students will repeat the phrases and gestures:

    1. Tener calor = to be hot; (fan yourself)
    2. Tener frío = to be cold; (shiver)
    3. Tener hambre = to be hungry; (hold stomach)
    4. Tener sed = to be thirsty; (take a drink)
    5. Tener prisa = to be in a hurry; (run in place)
    6. Tener suerte = to be lucky; (cross fingers)
    7. Tener sueño = to be tired; (yawn)

    The teacher will then review how to write /say expressions in complete sentences. The students will orally practice.

    1. Yo tengo ____________________________.

    2. Él o ella tiene ________________________.

    The teacher will pass out photo cards to each student. The student will take turns modeling the gesture and the students will have to guess which tener expression is being modeled and say it in a complete sentence él o ella tiene ___________. The teacher will ask to confirm and the student will have to respond “sí tengo______” or “no, no tengo______.”

    Students will complete the exit ticket (assessment) to close the lesson.

    Assessment: Students will complete a matching activity where they match the photo with the corresponding tener expression.


    Gracias!
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    As someone who took five years of Spanish in high school, I like it.

    If you have extra time, you could have the students do an interactive game where they act out the phrases you taught them earlier in the lesson. With clarification, you would direct the class to stand and engage in a competition — like Simon Says — wherein you call out “tener suerte,” for example, and they have to act it out. And you would keep repeating the commands in random order (so that students can’t figure out a pattern) and students that make a mistake have to sit down until the last one is standing. This is really useful for tactile/kinesthetic and auditory learners and it would make it fun!

    ¡Buena suerte!
     
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    That is sort of what I plan on doing and what I would definitely do in the classroom. However, I wouldn't do that in the first lesson, especially when I only have 10 minutes, because to do "Simón Dice," as it's called, you really need to know the commands. However, I will pass out the cards and the students (the committee members) will act out the gestures and the students will have to guess out the appropriate expression "ella tiene hambre" for example. But "Simón Dice," is sort of what I had in mind when I was planning the lesson. This is just a bit more controlled than that game. But in the actual classroom, after studying the phrases for a few days, I absolutely would play that game. :) And if that comes up in the interview, I would say "I absolutely was thinking about it when I planned this.''
    And I'm avoiding tech because I feel like ANY candidate is going to waltz in and try to "Wow'' them with playing Kahoot or something. :roll: And then when it takes them 10 minutes just to load up the game... :eek:
     
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    Awesome, sounds like a plan! And I sort of forgot it’s a 10-minute demo lesson, but you could definitely incorporate the game later on if you are hired (and I hope you are).

    The good news is that you should have limited competition for the position as foreign language jobs are amongst the most difficult to fill and have very high market value (as high as Math and Physical Sciences and SPED and ESL). Do you know if it is an applicant pool?
     
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    Thanks. And I know that's why I decided to take the classes I needed to get the Spanish 7-12 cert. And really that was my original life plan anyway a decade ago... Yeah I can't imagine there will be too many applicants also considering it's a Spanish position at the Middle School and most people hate that level! So my competition will most likely be people who had their licenses but were never able to get a job with it.
    Do you know if it is an applicant pool? I don't understand what you mean by this?

    In addition to this position, I JUST applied for a K-8 Spanish position in a small school district in Albany, NY. That would also be a great get for me because I could use my elementary cert as well as my Spanish cert. As I read the description, I was like "OMG, this was written for ME!"

    Either way, I'll end up where I'm supposed to be.
     
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    To quote another AtoZ user: “An eligibility pool is simply a pool of candidates for a certain kind of position. There may not even be any open positions. Some districts have some kind of pre-screening of candidates.”

    I guess I should have said eligibility pool, but some jobs on edjoin use both, I think.
     
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    There's definitely a position open!
    :)
     
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    @Leaborb192 Keep us posted how everything went! Is this position in upstate NY?
    I saw that you also applied for a job in AZ. I am sure you are aware that AZ is ranked #49 - #51 (depending on what list you use) for teachers. Have you tried applying to a school like BASIS? Independent schools are the way to go. A former coworker of mine has been working at BASIS Peoria for the last 3 years and she is very happy there (despite the pay).
     
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    Yes. It's in upstate NY and would be relatively close to home.
     
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    So how did your interview go?! Don’t leave us hanging here!
     
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    It's June 14.
     
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    Oh, I thought you said a day ago that it was on Friday, implying that it was today. I guess I misread it. Darn it, haha!
     
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    How do you answer the question "why do you want to work here?" if you're interviewing at a school you have no real connections at/with?
    I feel like that's always a weak area for me... "because you have an opening I qualify for'' isn't probably an answer they want to hear. :toofunny:
     
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    Do research about the school and mention that you like their accomplishments/programs offered/high level of success and want to work in an environment that fosters academic excellence in its members. Talk about your teaching experience and relate it to the position offered. Tell them that you’ve heard great things about the district and the positive work environment and that is seems like an ideal fit. The sky is the limit.
     
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    Thanks! It was so easy to get a job in Arizona... I didn't really have to sell myself at all. They basically ended with "work for us, please?" It's not as simple trying to get a teaching job in NY. :roll:
     
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    Haha, yes. You could also talk about the district’s mission statement and how it coincides with your teaching philosophy and that you knew the more and more that you read about the district online from current employees and elsewhere that this is where you wanted to work, to make a difference.
     
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    Thanks! It's just so hard to answer that question without sounding rehearsed or cliched. Like I feel everyone is going to walk in and say "oh this school is so great!"
    I really hate the interview process and think it's very contrived.
    I'm just glad there is a mock lesson because I may impress them with that even if I lose points with the actual interview.
     
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    It's the same with me. Every job that I've applied for that had a demo lesson, I got the job. The jobs that were solely based on an interview, I did not get the job. Which is more indicative of how you will be in the classroom....hmmm...
     
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    It is really easy to make it sound authentic. You interject the right amount of emotion, but don’t go over the top. Sound interested and highlight how you can contribute, why you are the ideal candidate to be chosen. Be confident but not overly confident. Don’t talk badly about your previous school or coworkers. Talk about how you can bring the students up and stay positive. Having a positive outlook is critical.
     
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    Well, to me, this underscores the importance of having a mock lesson during an interview. It would be better if you actually have to teach kids during the interview process, but most don't. I've been on so many interviews where they didn't even ask to see a lesson plan. To me that's really sketchy. Don't you want good teachers? And I absolutely agree... how do you know what somebody will be like as a teacher if you never see them teach? o_O But I think it goes back to most places hire people that they like regardless of teaching ability.
     

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