¡Hola y bienvenidos!
Welcome students and families to Spanish class! My name is Señorita Maxwell and I am looking forward to getting to know all of you. This is my first year teaching at Benjamin E. Mays, and I am so excited about all of the possibilities that this school year will bring! When I hear "Spanish", I think of history, music, art, architecture, literature, the language itself, and so much more. It is my goal to teach the Spanish language while incorporating a variety of cultural aspects as listed before. In every lesson, it's important to incorporate reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities so that every student gets that repetition in their lessons to ensure that they are practicing the language in all of its forms. This will also support their reading and writing skills in English as well!
One of my major hopes for students is that they learn more Spanish and explore various cultures so that they have a better understanding of themselves and of the world. These goals will be reachable with the partnership and support from families, which is one of the most rewarding components of teaching for me. It is crucial to build these partnerships in order to maximize the students' success and wellbeing, especially with the transition to online learning. I am so excited to learn more about all of my students and their families. I, along with the other specialist teachers, will send out a monthly newsletter with updates about what we've been learning in class. Additionally, I will reach out multiple times throughout the quarter with individual student progress reports.
This year, Spanish will be held on Thursdays. Every Thursday by 9 AM, I will post the content on Seesaw (K-2) and Schoology (3-5). Every student will have until the following Thursday to submit their work. Additionally, I will hold office hours every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 AM for parents and students to touch base with me as needed.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to say hi. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be a great year!
Sinceramente, Srta. Maxwell :-)
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