We are off and running and what a great start it has been! Day one was invigorating. We did introductions, transitions and games and spoke lots of SPANISH!
Then on day two, we did course . . .
The decision to do so early was more logistical than necessary. As Ashley Uyaguari points out in her blog, through the use of the circle OWL students implicitly understand classroom expectations. My gosh is this true. Before even receiving the handout, the students informed me they were expected to participate, work with others, smile, laugh, and speak ONLY SPANISH! Way to go class! However, students did still have questions as to where homework is posted, how they are graded and most importantly what school supplies they should buy! Ha! We therefore spent twenty minutes going over expectations to address their questions. After this brief conversation students were rearing to get back to the circle. They had enough with English!
Below are my course expectations. Please feel free to use any components or just take a look to see how another OWL teacher presents her course to the school community. I did this flyer using Lucidpress Document, a Google Docs app. It was easy to use and if you email me, I can share the document and you can use the same layout and just change what is necessary. Anything to save valuable time!