It was the last day of this current school year with students. Mid-morning, I scanned final grades to insure that there would be no surprises for parents or students. One of my sweet 6th-grade boys’ over all semester percentage showed him to be one point under a B. Completing our last marking period with a… Read More Last Day Reflections – what I learned
Smiles today from a normally blasé group of 8th graders. Thank you Dr. Bill VanPatten! Recently at the ACTFL 2016 conference in Boston, I made a beeline for all the sessions focused on proficiency via comprehensible input. Many peer-reviewed studies in SLA (second language acquisition) over the past 30 years have shown that explicit language (grammar)… Read More Putting 2016 ACTFL sessions to good use
One of the emphases of my school over the past couple of years has been to foster a ‘growth mindset’ in all school constituents, from students to teachers and staff. Now at the end of the school year, my 3rd one here and 24th year teaching French consecutively, I can see how this new way of… Read More Old dogs CAN learn new tricks!
I have reached my favorite part of the school year, the final days. And NOT for the reason you might think – summer break. But because this is the time of year when I, the teacher, get to sit back and receive the fruit of my labor. My 8th grade French students have especially shone this… Read More What my students can do in May
Yesterday, my principal came in for my 2nd formal evaluation this school year. Even though I’ve been teaching more than 23 years, I still get nervous. I even feel a bit stressed when another French teacher sits in on my class, as a peer. What will she think? Will I be effective? Will the students shine? How… Read More Teacher Evaluations