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Students flexed their art muscles to practice color and clothes vocabulary in Spanish. Take a look!
Mr. Normansen will be teaching French (1 & 2) and Spanish (1 & 2).
My name is Jason Normansen, and I’m from Eugene, OR but have lived in Portland for the last 7 years. I am married to my wonderful wife, Kristin, and we love being the parents of a new baby boy named Leif, who was born in June.
For hobbies, I enjoy reading, cooking, and playing guitar and piano. I also really enjoy languages, and can often be overheard asking someone how to say something in their native langue. As a family, we also like going to the river and the beach as often as we can. One of my favorite Bible verses is 1 Peter 4:8: “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.”
In Ms. Tosti’s Spanish 1 class, learning vocabulary terms (up, above, under, next to, behind, etc.) turned into a fun kinesthetic class activity. When reviewing vocabulary on a Monday morning, movement is a must!
Spanish 1 students are currently studying vocabulary for body parts and colors and are playing Guess Who? to practice their speaking, listening, sentence structure.
Westside’s World Languages department hosted a 2-day Organic World Language (OWL) training. Teachers from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Texas gathered to learn and collaborate on creating an engaging and student-centered classroom that focuses on proficiency. Major topics included creating proficiency-based assessments, pushing students to their next proficiency level, and using authentic resources to build literacy. It’s been an informative and fun time for all.
The Spanish 3 classes spearheaded a flashmob at lunch today – a Wii U video to a song in Spanish – ‘Limbo.’ They were joined by Spanish 2 and 4 students, who also love doing this exercise video. Spanish dance videos are great for learning vocabulary and incorporating movement into the school day.
Spanish 1 classes are presently learning about life in Spanish-speaking countries. In particular, foods, holidays and the general culture. In the past month two guest speakers have visited to talk about living in Spanish-speaking countries and their traditional foods. The class is also working on conjugating new verbs, with didactic games often getting students up and out of their seat during class.
Below a few captured shots of ball pass hot seat as students test prep.