This presentation is based on my experience during the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) in the US, September- November 2011. It starts with presenting Galena High School where I spent four weeks.
Reno is the second biggest city in Nevada, US with about 200,000 inhabitants.
This city, known as The Biggest Little City in the world, is famous for its casinos. There is also a big University, UNR – University of Nevada, Rino; which welcomes many international students. It was the place, where I had my internship in the fall of 2012.
There are 11 public high schools in Reno, and one of the well-respected one is Galena High School. I spent part of the exchange practice in Galena, observing lessons and teaching in my partner teacher’s classes. Click on the picture to watch a short video or find it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1smiOPUH1w&feature=youtu.beThis is a morning in October. You can see students entering the school building. Most students go to school by bus, a few of them walk or their parents take them by car.
This is the school entrance. Students are getting ready for the first lesson. If you click on the picture, you will be able to watch a short clip. You can also find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM8eXE_nboI&feature=youtu.be
This is the school website. If you click the link on the top, you can browse it. On the left-hand site, in the Students’ handbook section, you can read everything a student need to know – about subjects, discipline, etc. Each school in The US has a mascot. It’s everywhere in the school. Galina’s symbol is the grizzly bear. Its footsteps are in the school yard, also students wear special T-shirts with the grizzly mascot.
Students can choose what subjectsto study. These are some advanced placement classes at junior and senior years. Students pass exams and their rates at Galena are usually very high, which gives the school a well-respected position in the area.
Students can choose the sport they play at school. For the last fall they had 7 options listed above. Students can join a club, too and it’s only 25$ a year.
Students’ weekly timetable for the year 2011-2012. it’s been taken from the school website.
These are the start, the end dates of the school year; the holidays and the exams.
If a student wants to go to the toilet, they write their name on a special sheet of yellow paper on the wall. They shouldtake this black “toilet” bag and insert their student’s card in it. Otherwise they are punished.
Student learning is the main priority of the school staff. Teachers use interactive methods and games in the lessons. One of the ways to motivate the students and review content material and vocabulary is playing Jeopardy games. It was used twice on teaching purposes during my stay in the US. For that is reason I made a new game about the US.
This is the game we play. To play it online, click on the picture, or play it online at: http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy/usergames/Jun201225/game1340123354.php
This is the presentation about making a new jeopardy game.
Tsvetelena Taralova Bulgaria Jeopardy Games in ELT
JEOPARDY GAMES IN ELT Galena High School In Reno, Nevada, US Tsvetelena Taralova Bulgaria School No 88 ELTA, May 2012
Galena High School in Reno, Nevada Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)A program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department State, and implemented by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) 2 Tsvetelena Taralova, Bulgaria, School No 88 ELTA, May 2012
Reno, NevadaReno Tsvetelena Taralova, Bulgaria School No 88 ELTA, May 2012 3
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Galena High SchoolTo watch a short clip 5 Tsvetelena Taralova, Bulgaria, School click on the picture No 88 ELTA, May 2012
Galena High SchoolTo watch a short clip 6 Tsvetelena Taralova, Bulgaria, School click on the picture No 88 ELTA, May 2012
Galena’s school website 7 Tsvetelena Taralova, Bulgaria, School No 88 ELTA, May 2012
Classes at Galena High SchoolAP (Advanced Placement) classes – in junior and senior years. Very high pass rates on the AP exams when compared to the rest of the school district.Available AP classes at Galena:• AP Biology• AP Calculus• AP Chemistry• AP English Language and Composition• AP English Literature and Composition• AP European History• AP French Language• AP Spanish Language/AP Spanish Literature• AP Statistics• AP U.S. Government Tsvetelena Taralova, Bulgaria School No 88• AP U.S. History ELTA, May 2012 8
Sports offered at GalenaFALL• Football Cross Country (boys and girls)• Cross Country (boys and girls)• Girls Golf Soccer (boys and girls)• Soccer (boys and girls)• Tennis (boys and girls)• Volleyball• Water Polo (district team)CLUBS (23) – paid up to 25 $ a year• Academic Olympics Book Club, Bowling Club, Latino Club, Color Guard Drill Team, Earth Club FBLA, Glee Club Helping Hand, International Club, etc. 9
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School Calendar• August 29 First Day of School • January 28 SAT Test• September 5 Labor Day • February 11 ACT Test• September 10 ACT Test • February 20 Presidents’ Day• October 1 SAT Test • March 6-9 HSPE• October 12 PSAT • March 10 SAT Test• October 2 ACT Test • March 23 End Grading Period• October 27 End Grading Period • April 9-13 Spring Break• October 28 Nevada Day • April 14 ACT Test• November 1-4 HSPE • April 16 Class Resumes• November 5 SAT Test • April 30 – May 2 HSPE Retest• November 11 Veterans Day • May 5 SAT Test• November 24-25 Thanksgiving Break • May 7-18 AP Exams May 28 Memorial Day• December 3 SAT Test • June 2 SAT Test• December 10 ACT Test • June 4-6 Semester Finals• December 26- January 6 Winter Break • June 6 Last Day of School• January 9 Classes Resume • June 9 ACT Test• January 16 Martin Luther King Day • June 7, 8 and 11 Contingency Days• January 18-20 Finals January 20 End of 1st Semester 11
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Beliefs at Galena High School• Student learning is the chief priority for the school.• Students need to be challenged in order to be problem solvers.• Students learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional techniques in a supportive learning environment.• Schools educate students to become self-directed and responsible citizens.• Staff, students, parents, and the community share the responsibility for the success of the school as a community of learners. 13
A Jeopardy Game about US (to play it, click on the picture)
Make a newjeopardy game Tsvetelena Taralova Bulgaria School No 88 ELTA, May 2012
I hope you will find this presentation useful. Thank you! Tsvetelena Taralova E-mail: email@example.com Bulgaria School No 88 ELTA, May 2012