Teresa Camacho Bardon
M.A. Spanish Literature & Linguistics, Miami University
Important skills I want to teach my students
I want my students to realize that they are able to learn a world language. With hard work, every single student has the ability to communicate in another language.
Teaching methods to reach these goals
I believe that cooperative learning is essential in learning a world language. The students take the initiative in the activities; they learn from their practice and from their classmates. Their active role enables them to feel comfortable listening to and speaking the language.
My favorite projects
My favorite project is the second quarter Music Projects for my Spanish 3 and 3 Honors. Partners of students have to choose a favorite English song, and then download the instrumental version of that song. Together they create a brand new song with lyrics in Spanish that go along with any vocabulary or grammar section that they have learned during their first semester. Their song has to teach the class about the concept that they have chosen. Finally, they have to create a music video with their song and present it to their class. It’s wonderful to see the students’ reactions along the process because they realize that they can create lyrics they never thought imaginable. They can also understand the lyrics to others’ songs at the speed of a normal song. It’s fun, challenging, and rewarding.
What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills is the small class sizes. I have the opportunity to get to know the students and understand their learning styles. I can design my lessons to accommodate each section differently even though some classes are learning the same concepts. These small classes also enable the students to feel comfortable enough to meet with me on a one-on-one basis during a free bell for extra help.