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MarĂ­a Teresa Tortajada-Caro e-mail: maitetortajada@yahoo.es skype: maitetortajadacaro


Summary ● My Portfolio .....................................................................................................................................7

● My Résumé ..................................................................................................................................25 ● My Profile ........................................................................................................................................29 ● My Ideas about Teaching and Learning ..................................................................33 Class Management .............................................................................35 New Technologies .................................................................................37


My portfolio


La vuelta al espa単ol en 20 preguntas Project Idea: Acquisition of basic concepts of history of Spanish and of his current reality. Culminating Products: Microsoft Word posters. Exhibition at the school common areas. Grade: 2ESO (PK-8)

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Mitos y hĂŠroes Project Idea: Producing explanatory texts in digital format bearing in mind the characteristics of the recipient. Oral presentation of the elaborated texts. Culminating Products: Microsoft PowerPoints. Presentation to younger students in the school. Grade: 2Âş Bachillerato (PK-12)

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Lenguas del mundo Project Idea: Acquisition of basic concepts around linguistic diversity. Culminating Products: Preparing posters using Glogsters with multimedia elements. Presentation in class. Grade: 3ESO (PK-9)

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Te presentamos a... Project Idea: Producing of explanatory texts using multimedia elements. Culminating Products: Preparing posters using Glogsters with multimedia elements. Exhibition at the school common areas. Grade: 2ESO (PK-8)

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Hola... Project Idea: Oral texts. Introducing yourself at the beginning of the course. Culminating Products: Preparing an oral text with personal information. Recording of video. Video edition. Grade: 1ESO (PK-7)

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Hands-on learning

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Use of New Technologies

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Assessment Processes

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Class management strategies

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My own lesson outline

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Making my own materials

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Promoting reading in class

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Learning projects

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My classroom

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Volunteering in Nepal

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My résumé


Personal Information Last name: Phone number: Email:

Tortajada-Caro First name: María Teresa 654472276 Skype: maitetortajadacaro maitetortajada@yahoo.es

Driver’s License

Yes

Academic Background Degree:

Spanish Philology

Languages Language English Italian Spanish Catalan

Teacher Certification Level Advanced Intermediate Native Native

Do you hold a “CAP” or “Máster de Profesorado” diploma? American/Canadian Teaching Credential?

Yes No

Teaching Experience in Formal Education Position SPANISH TEACHER SPANISH TEACHER SPANISH TEACHER

School (Level) MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL MIDDLE/ HIGH SCHOOL MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL

Start date Finish date 05/10/07 07/31/09 09/01/09 08/31/11 09/01/11 08/31/14

City Country BARCELONA SPAIN SABADELL SPAIN LLORET SPAIN

How many full years of documented teaching experience in primary or secondary education do you have? By July 2014 6 years, 8 months. Are you a Public Employee? Yes.

Bilingual Teaching Have you ever worked in any bilingual or immersion program? No.

Further Information Spanish as a foreign fanguage Teaching experience: Academia Cilce. Valencia. University Qualifications: Certificado de Metodología del Español como Lengua Extranjera. Universidad de Barcelona. Teaching experience in Middle and High Schools Schoolroom Teacher: years 09-10, 10-11, 11-12, 12-13, 13-14. Head of Department: years 12-13, 13-14. Experience in schools with special disciplinary difficulties: Years 09-10, 10-11. Other information I have studied MA Science Degree subjects, Major Physics, so I can teach science subjects as well.

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My profile


• I relish and look forward to new challenges with a positive attitude. •

I am able to accept and to adapt to new schemes.

I have a huge amount of determination and motivation regarding work commitments.

I am trustworthy, reliable and constant.

I have excellent communication skills demonstrated by more than 6 years of teaching experience.

I look forward to managing students and maximizing learning opportunities in diverse classroom settings.

I am particularly concerned with accurately assessing, recording and communicating progress to students and parents

I have proved to be able to work with children of various intellectual, behavioural and physical challenges

I am an enthusiastic teacher with a talent for encouraging active participation and creating a fun environment providing relevant course materials for effective learning.

I enjoy learning new strategies from others and I am always open to new ideas as well as continually assessing my own teaching.

I do not smoke.

I have a clean driving license. 29


My ideas about...


Teaching and Learning •

A teacher’s role is to actively engage students in the process of teaching and learning as well as helping them become independent, responsible and well-balanced individuals.

Learning should take place in a variety of different ways including: personal, collaborative and with practical tasks that contextualize what is being learnt. This offers students a selection of learning styles to achieve their goals.

In my opinion, student evaluation is a vital part of the teaching and learning process. Assessment with clear learning objectives informs students of the criteria before beginning activities. It should also include self-evaluation as well as pier evaluation.

I often use methods and resources that offer variety allowing students to work both individually and collaboratively.

I am aware of the various levels of knowledge and abilities that exist in my classroom and the students with special needs and cater for these as necessary, using I.E.P’s (Individual Education Plans).

Active learning has been proven to be more effective than passive learning. Therefore, I design activities to help students learn in an experimental way.

The main objective of my classes is to enhance the communicative competence of students and enabling them to make correct use of the language. I believe P.B.L (Project Based Learning) can serve this purpose.

My target is not to teach Spanish as an abstract subject but help my students achieve the best knowledge of the different skills involved in communication: reading, listening, writing and speaking. In short, I want to prepare my students to communicate successfully. 33


Class Management ● I treat students with the same respect I expect from them. ● I like learning their names quickly and recognize his or her individual qualities and academic ability.

● I try to be fair, positive, and consistent. I try also to admit my mistakes and to keep my sense of humor.

● I think is very important to determine jointly with the class what is and isn’t acceptable in terms of behavior and achievement. I would have a maximun of five rueles and display then in the classroom.

● It is better to have routines to follow each day as students enter and leave the room.

● I never threaten or use sarcasm. I do not think it is a good idea to use threats to enforce discipline, and obviously I never humiliate a child.

● I try to avoid arguing with students because discussions about classwork are invaluable, but arguments can become emotional encounters.

● I prefer to move around my class. I usually walk around the room as students work or respond to instruction.

● I know it is difficult sometimes but I try to let each student start each day with a clean slate. 35


Use of New Technologies ● Good use of new tecnologies can often enrich the teaching and learning processes.

● Technology, such as the aquisition of ICT skills, is vital to students in a modern society.

● The use of Technology allows more productive lessons and less rote learning.

● It also makes it easier to motivate students, using new media activities.

● New technologies facilitates mentoring and communication with families and the environment.

● The interactive whiteboard provides more resources and opportunities to learn. Students are often more attentive and motivated. They understand the content of the lesson and participate freely.

● New technologies are a powerful tool enabling students to learn, but this does not mean we should abandon established procedures that have proven their effectiveness.

● The best use of ICT is to add something to a lesson, for the benefit of the students.

● I use ICT in a daily basis to comunicate with students in many different ways: e-mail, Google Drive and Google Calendar. I also have a web page and a Blog. I communicate student progress or other issues to parents via email if they agree with the method. 37


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