This page contains links to weekly agendas, assignment sheets, and other materials for Professor Nielsen's Span 476R/496R Seminar in Spanish Teaching course for student teachers and interns.

Daily Assignments

El 7 de Noviembre

1.Finish the discussions on the TWS.
2. Preparing for interviews and asking for resumes.

El 24 de Octubre

  1. Teacher Work Sample: Instructional Decision-making & Report of Student Learning y
  2. Turn in your Assessment Plan and any other materials that you have not turned in.
  3. Please remember that I need to visit you 6 times!!

El 17 de Octubre

  1. Teacher Work Sample: Design for Instruction & Lesson Planning
  2. Parent teachers Conference

Assessment Plan Due

el 10 de Octubre

CLASSROOM CHANGE : Meet in Rm 3132 JFSB Conference room
1. Teacher Work Sample: Assessment Plan
2. Maintaining Student Engagement: Classroom Management & Learning Centers

el 3 de Octubre

  1. Unit Planning Web, National Standards & Objectives
  2. Discuss the Contextual Factors with feedback
  3. Discuss the lessons due weekly
  4. Make next three visit schedules

el 26 de Septiembre

  1. Hoy hablaremos de la seccion del TWS: Unit Overview & Rationale

  2. Como desarrollar unidades y incluir cultura en las lecciones.

Entregan Hoy: Contextual Factors

La primera leccion : entregan antes del Domingo el 2 de Octubre a las 12 am - Pongan sus lecciones aqui
Jusitine Hampton: outdoor locations/ activities, preterit, DOminican republic geography

Ben Andersen: Affirmative and Negative words/ sentence negation.

el 19 de Septiembre

el 12 de Septiembre

5 de Septiembre

  1. Bienvenida y comida
  2. Empezamos a ensenar
  3. Platicamos de los requisitos de la clase
  4. Expectaciones
  5. Como comunicarse con sus colegas
Empiezan Student Teaching cuando empieza su escuela en Agosto!

Assignment Sheets

Contextual Factors

Course Information Survey

Planning for Substitutes

Teaching on a Block Schedule

Block Schedule Lesson Planning Templates

Helpful BYU Links

Important Dates

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BYU Theatre Education
Cell Phones in Learning (Liz Kolb)
First Days of School
Free thematic unit downloads
Kid's Tour of Latin Music Through Google Maps - A Google Map with links to videos of both folk and popular music from Spanish-speaking countries around the world
Max Perks
Ministerio de educación - Embajada de España
Name Games

Open House
Orienting Students to the Textbook
SAP PowerPoint Tools
Signals for Attention
Tools for Educators
UFLA Registration

Concept Map Software (for those who want to generate webs for your TWS electronically): - (Heavily used in the edtech community w/ K-12 students - easy to use - limited formatting - esp. good for elementary, special flash effects are fun at first)
Exploratree (Templates)
Freemind (Free from Sourceforge, but requires download)
Gliffy - (Heavily used in the edtech community w/ K-12 students - very robust (but ugly) interface. Allows you to upload your own images, includes many libraries of images, shapes, etc.; also allows you to do floor plans)
Mindomo (Beautiful interface, not quite as intuitive as some of the others, but can handle attachments of multimedia, documents, etc., and produces a more professional product)
Mindmeister - (Doesn't appear to be as robust in features as some of these other options)
Webspiration - (Looks similar to Inspiration & Kidspiration - have closed beta invitations for now)

Finding a Job Links

Alumni career services
Education services job search
Education services main page
Education services teacher fair
Global career
Normal career fair at BYU
Teacher fair at BYU
Videos for networking, interviewing, cover letters, dress for success


Span 476R -496R Syllabus

Teacher Work Sample

One way to display sample student work: SrMoss Teacher Work Sample

Examples of TWS units:

- Topic: Careers - Stellar example of a TWS - beautiful formatting, solid contextual factors and objectives, helpful unit planning web, really nice variety of activities (including learning centers)
- Topic: Personal Identity & Legacy (based on the Spanish version of the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) - Excellent example of unit planning webs, of connecting a Spanish 1 unit to social issues (stereotyping), of using popular media in pedagogically sound ways, of scaffolding abstract discussions, and of integrating technology into assessment. Could use a stronger connection to culture.
- Topic: Travel - Neat example of how to build oral proficiency in middle school language classes while scaffolding their ability to spontaneously negotiate meaning in the target language (in preparation for participation in Españolandia). Great assessments too.
- Topic: Healthcare in Mexico - Good example of grounding the unit in social issues and culturally authentic materials, nice unit planning grids, good example of lesson plans and instructions

- Topic: Exceptional example of Design for Instruction. Also a good example of Unit Overview, Unit Planning Web, National Standards, Report of Student Learning (Whole Class), & Implications for Future Teaching

- Topic: Food - Good example of learning objectives, instructional decision-making, subgroup and individual, reflection and self-evaluation, insights on effective instruction, and assessments (pre-tests and rubrics)

Examples of Thematic Units (like La peineta colorada)

Tech Tools


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