I just finished an epic fail group project: the project itself was a fail, but it did have one small success, and so I will post on that. One of the most difficult and most important steps of developing and assigning a group project is forming the groups. If you let kids choose, some … Continue reading Group Projects
While preparing for the Yup'ik Immersion training last week, I spent a lot of time scouring the internet for elementary TPRS resources and suggestions. Michel Baker's blog and Carol Gaab's article (linked in the YI post) were most helpful. According to their writing, one common obstacle for elementary TPRS teachers is managing student responses during … Continue reading Managing Responses
What to do when no one raises their hand....
Today, we played games at the end of each of my classes. Games that had nothing to do with what we were studying. Games that didn't challenge my students at all. Games that were in Spanish, but games that didn't help them learn anything new. And you know what? It was fun. Right now, I'm asking … Continue reading Gotta Play Games
We all have those classes that just won't stop talking...and we all have those classes that just won't start talking! Such is the case with one of my second-year classes (level 1B). It's a great group of kids, and they are very good students, but getting them to participate in discussions or speak up in general is worse than … Continue reading Get them talking!
This is a fantastic video from Frontline about how a student's middle school experience--even in sixth grade--can predict whether or not that child will drop out of high school: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/education/dropout-nation/middle-school-moment/ The video states that if a sixth-grade student in a high-poverty school is present less than 80 percent of the time, fails math or English, … Continue reading High School Dropouts and Middle School
Today, I had to switch to Plan B. Plan A is personalized questions and storytelling in order to facilitate language acquisition, but sometimes Plan A just doesn't work. This seems to be the case with my class of third-year students that I see immediately after lunch. The time slot is problematic every year, and this … Continue reading Plan B
Yesterday, Michele posted the most wonderful idea ever!! Please take the time to check it out 🙂 Birthday cards.
WL teachers are always looking for new strategies to keep kids in the target language, especially when you let them loose for communicative activities. My go-to strategy is to make sure that all students have a piece of paper in their hands (even if the activity doesn't have a form or worksheet, have them hold … Continue reading Hole Punch
Just checked out my class rosters, and in addition to my three classes of returning students, I have 72 new faces that will walk through my door next Wednesday. I posted this in my first day lesson plans, but I want to make sure you all catch it because it has helped me immensely!! Have … Continue reading Learn their names!!