• 2018-2019

    ¡Bienvenidos a la clase del Sr. Picallo!

    Spanish & ESL

    K5-8th 
    Don Quixote
    Don Quixote and Sancho Panza by Pablo Picasso
     
    MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
     
     
         My classes are designed with a strong emphasis on grammar. I use reading, writing and translation as the cornerstones of my teaching method. I believe, as the Europeans have for centuries, that language acquisition must be tackled from several different perspectives to ensure true and lasting proficiency. My students are expected to follow a disciplined and methodical approach to learning Spanish that requires a steady stream of short assignments created to keep them practicing their skills on a regular basis.
     
         Equally important to my methodology is a classroom environment which allows every student to study individually with the teacher to improve their particular set of skills at a challenging pace. This, in turn, demands a cordial class where respect is observed at all times.
     
         Lastly, since language does not occur in a vacuum, I work closely with Mr. Chiappelli, the Social Studies teacher, to provide a well rounded inter-disciplinary curriculum of cultural lessons that provide our students with a unique perspective into the history, arts, natural wonders, religions, traditions and politics of the more-than-twenty countries that make up the Spanish-speaking world and their influence on American society. Often, these lessons are incorporated directly into the language-acquisition components of the class, so both aspects of learning are reinforced.
     
         Please feel free to contact me with any questions. E-mail is the best way to reach me, and I will respond at my earliest opportunity.  
     
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Last Modified on September 3, 2018