Skinner Spanish Teacher Wins Grant!

Skinner is proud to announce that Mrs. Overton, one of Skinner’s Spanish teachers, was awarded a 2015 Teacher Innovation Grant from CCFLT (Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers)! She won a $500 grant to be used for a project entitled, “Lectura y Teatro: Obras de un Solo Acto” (“Reading and Theater: One Act Plays”).  According to CCFLT’s website, the Teacher Innovation Grant is awarded to a project that is “innovative, creative, interesting, practicable, student-oriented, feasible, and can be shared with colleagues”.  Read a portion of Mrs. Overton’s proposal below:

As referred to above, the project that I will create will be in two parts. During Part One, students will split into groups of 3 or 4. They will pick a book from my collection that they will use for the duration of the project.  They will then read the book in their groups using a variety of graphic organizers and other supports.  This will help them to learn enough about the book to move on to Part Two.  During Part Two, students will extract dialogue, setting, characters, and other details from the book. They will use the book to guide them to create a One Act Play.  Because not all students will be comfortable acting in front of the class, the students will be allowed to produce their One Act Play in any appropriate format they want. Many of my students are very comfortable with technology, so I anticipate some groups producing a video using their mobile devices. Other groups might use an animation website to create a video or puppets to produce their One Act.  My students have a passion for learning and creating, and this project will allow them to showcase their talents while practicing Spanish. 

Overton Grant award

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