Tentative Agenda for Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009


Location: JFSB 3198
Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Next Tuesday, January 27, class will meet from 4:00 to 5:30 in Carol Lynn McConnell's classroom at Provo High. More details forthcoming.




Assignments for Today (Please complete before class today)


  • Sign up to do La Bienvenida (includes song, prayer, and scripture or spiritual thought)
  • Revised copy of Contextual Factors Section of Teacher Work Sample is due today
  • Bring a copy of your bell schedule and your class schedule to leave with me
  • Complete Technology Skills Assessment in 180 MCKB if you haven't yet done so AND be sure they enter it in LiveText
  • Talk to your mentor about when they would be available for a 30 min. meeting with me (and you present as well) in the next 2 weeks so we can get acquainted and I can provide a bit more explanation re: how things will work this semester and what everyone’s responsibilities are



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)?

Jan. 27 - - Angelab5 Angelab5
Feb. 3 -- stephaniert stephaniert
Feb. 10 -- hmecham hmecham
Feb. 24 -
Mar. 10 - - ToddLager ToddLager
Mar. 24 -
Apr. 7 -

La canción -
La oración -
La escritura o pensamiento espiritual - Thoughts from Elder Scott's excellent talk on teaching effectively (Si no hay otro voluntario) - chericem1 chericem1



Housekeeping - 4:05 - 4:15


  1. Have you applied for graduation? Deadline for April was Nov. 15, 2008. Deadline for August is April 15, 2009.
  2. Exchange phone numbers
  3. Scheduling observation visits - What system?
  4. Scheduling a reception for you and your mentors
  5. Journals - If you are living worthily, it is EXTREMELY likely that you will experience an abundance of quiet, but profound revelations during the course of your student teaching experience--some re: how to better serve your students, others about how you might support a student who is having personal problems, and still others regarding your own life, the Lord's purposes for you, and your understanding of the gospel. Consider Elder Scott's excellent talk on teaching more effectively from 2007, and then make the effort to keep a journal--even just a few lines per day.
  6. TWS, Portfolios, &
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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.")

Agenda for Spanish for Native Speakers Guest Speaker - chericem1 chericem1

I could use some strategies on classroom management. The students are so accustomed to their teacher's way of doing things that they're not very receptive to changes. My mentor teacher (Dana) is a tough act to follow because of her high level of energy, plus it's the middle of the year and they're already accustomed to her. I realize that the students are testing me right now and my tolerance level...I'm not exactly sure how to handle some of the attitudes that I've encountered. Dana showed me that the more activities I have and the more I can keep the class moving along, there will be fewer discipline/management issues. I see how this is true, but at the same time, they still need to be engaged or we still have issues. I need ideas on how to keep them engaged or how to handle those who are unwilling to accept the temporary change of having me there as their teacher. - Angelab5 Angelab5



Teacher Work Sample - 4:45 - 5:15


Today's Focus: Unit Objectives













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 - 5:15 - 5:30 (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







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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