Oak Grove High School
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I am a Spanish teacher who likes to create digital projects, websites, anything that makes my lessons more interactive and relevant to my students. These are some of my projects:
My class website
My Digital portfolio
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I am part of the leadership team at BAFLP (Bay Area Foreign Language Project). I am responsible for planning and making presentations for five day seminars which facilitate teachers incorporation of technology and how it aligns with the California Framework. These are some of the seminars I have taught:
* Integrating Technology in the Foreign Language Curriculum
* California Framework-Aligned Unit Design
* Leadership Development Program
My philosophy is based on teaching to Multiple Intelligences. In order to become proficient of the target language students needs to be exposed to culture and language through dialogue, art, technology, music and projects. Teaching the language as well as the culture fosters the idea that learning a world language is a means of communication and cultural expression, not simply a school subject.
My name is Marcelo Leal and I’m in my 14th year of teaching Spanish at Oak Grove High School in San Jose. At fifteen, I came to the US from El Salvador continued my education in New York City where I graduated from Hunter College in Manhattan. It was also in New York where I worked with renown educator Deborah Myer at Central Park East Secondary School in Harlem where I learned how to motivate those students whose motivation may be lacking. I moved to California with my wife in 2000 and joined the team at Oak Grove High School in East San Jose. My passion is finding ways for students to access the curriculum with technology and motivating the Latino youth and their families for a post secondary education. Working with the Migrant Education Program and Latino Parents Coalition allows me to advocate for the importance of education to students and their families. My affiliation with BAFLP (the Bay Area Foreign Language Program) has allowed me to work with hundreds of language teachers on best practices and methods of teaching a second language. I’m currently working with educators to train them on the uses of an on-line unit sharing framework (My E-coach.com) where I will be conducting upcoming workshops at Stanford University.
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It is essential that my students learn Spanish through a broad range of styles, students are encouraged to relate to the target language as a means of enriching their communications skills and broadening their world perspectives.