Tentative Agenda for Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009


Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.




Assignments for Today (Please complete before class today)


  • Discuss with your mentors potential dates/times for a reception
  • Sign up to do La Bienvenida (includes song, prayer, and scripture or spiritual thought)
  • TWS: Turn in a copy of your unit overview and unit planning grid if you haven't already done so
  • Complete the FED if you haven't already done so THIS semester
  • Bring a copy of your bell schedule and your class schedule to leave with me if you haven't already done so
  • Complete Technology Skills Assessment in 180 MCKB if you haven't yet done so AND be sure they enter it in LiveText



La Bienvenida - 4:00 - 4:05

Vamos a hacer este segmento en español. ¿Hay un voluntario para enseñarnos lo que el Señor te ha enseñado esta semana (por medio de la canción y una escritura relacionada (o un pensamiento espiritual)?

Feb. 3 - Travis
Feb. 10 -- hmecham hmecham
Feb. 24 - - Angelab5 Angelab5
Mar. 10 - - ToddLager ToddLager
Mar. 24 - - stephaniert stephaniert
Apr. 7 -



Housekeeping - 4:05 - 4:15


  • "Good News"
  • Spanish for Native Speakers Presentation Debrief


Insights & Issues - 4:15 - 4:45

(Nominate at least one item for discussion here. It can be a success, a concern, or a question (hence the title). Please sign your post by typing ~ three times and then clicking "Save.")

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Teacher Work Sample - 4:45 - 5:15


Key Sentences
Peer Editing -
Writing Primer
  • Ideas and Content

  • Organization - Chain linking activity

  • Word Choice -
    • act up - (misbehave)
    • come back - (return)
    • go out - (date, leave)
    • think about - (consider, ponder)
    • went to - (attended)
    • work on - (address)

  • Voice - (Passive v. active - Readability.info, elimination of prepositional phrases)

  • Mechanics -
    • Compound sentences (used to emphasize connection of ideas)
    • Short, clear sentences
    • Transitions - An excellent handout on the topic that includes a list of useful transitional phrases
    • Transitional words and phrases - A useful list you can use to strengthen the flow of your writing
    • Transitions - This list outlines common transitional words used in informal conversation, then provides a list of more substantive words and phrases for use in writing

  • Introductory clauses and commas

Contextual Factors Section
Unit/Thematic Planning

Today's Focus: Unit Planning















Swap Shop or Teaching Demos - 5:15 - 5:30

Sign up here to share an activity that you observed your mentor teacher do (or that you led during class) that was successful. You can explain it, or give us a mini-demo (5-7 min.). If no one signs up, we'll address the items below.

Monsters- hmecham hmecham



Professionalizing Our Practice - For next class (If no one signs up below for Swap Shop or Teaching Demos)

Type three tildes next to the topics you feel would be most useful to you, or nominate your own. If it is a topic of some urgency, post it under Insights & Issues. If it is just something you are curious about or would like to discuss at some point, post it here and we'll get to it as we have time.


  • Classroom Management- Basic Tips & Tricks
    • "Control" v. "Community"
    • Fight or flight mode, teacher non-verbal signals and posture, and what to do when a student chooses to "flee"
    • Lower Your Voice
    • One Liners - Angelab5 Angelab5
    • Sing With Me
    • Stop, Stare, Wait - Angelab5 Angelab5

  • Emergencies
    • Bomb threats
    • Classroom 72-hour kit and other emergency preparations - Angelab5 Angelab5
    • Health emergencies (diabetes, heat-related emergencies, seizure-related emergencies) - Angelab5 Angelab5
    • Lights out
    • Managing the Media
    • To call or not to call 911 - Angelab5 Angelab5
    • "Touring" the emergency information, supplies, and procedures for your classroom with students

  • Evaluation - Student Ratings from Last Semester - chericem1 chericem1







For Your Reference




Assignments -

Important Dates

Jan. 5, 2009 - First Day of Student Teaching
Jan. 15, 2009 - Student teaching applications for Winter Semester Due
Jan. 19, 2009 - NO CLASS (Martin Luther King Day)
Feb. 16, 2009 - NO CLASS (President's Day)
- Secondary Teaching Placements Posted
Mar. 1, 2009 - Application for Scholarships Due (Available January 1)
Mar. 18, 2009 - BYU Teacher Fair
Apr. 2-4, 2009 - Southwest Conference on Language Teaching// in Norman, OK
Apr. 15, 2009 - Application for Exit Interview for August Graduation Due
Apr. 16, 2009 - BYU Foreign Language Fair (encourage your mentor teachers and their students to participate)
Apr. 17, 2009 - Last Day of Student Teaching (unless your school's Spring Break backs up to this, in which case the last day of school will be your last day of student teaching)
Apr. 23-24, 2009 - Graduation
End of Semester - Complete PIBS, CDS, FED, and TWS and click electronic signatures in LiveText to send to placement office so you can get your teaching license




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