Here’s a snapshot of a spontaneous moment well used. Picture that afternoon slump…..12-year-olds…..yet another class…..indoors. One boy puts his head down. I say in French, “Will, what’s wrong? Are you tired? Are you sick? He responds: ‘fatigué’. Head still down. I try again, ‘Will, you have to sit up and LOOK, so you won’t miss… Read More The freedom and ease of CI
This is year 26 teaching French for me and I continue to grow in my understanding of how we acquire language. At the start of this academic year, I changed how I plan, how I spend time with my students and how I assess. I’ve been pondering the assessment piece for several years now. My method in… Read More How do I assess?
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
Our school year draws to a close. Lesson planning ceases. Time opens up for self-reflection. What have I learned this year about teaching L2 (second language)? Much! It’s been a painful year. But growth is like that when pruning takes place. Year 25 teaching French kicked off in August. A new season to teach the way I believe… Read More End of the year reflections + next year’s goals
This is the month when New Year’s resolutions are grasped with intensity and then discarded with quiet disappointment. Yet hope seems to re-sprout with each new beginning, whether that of a school year, a budget cycle, calendar year or sports season. Recently I have discarded my lifelong focus on outcomes. I had become a slave to… Read More What can teachers really control?
Having attended the recent annual conference of foreign language practitioners and researchers, And having been rejuvenated through workshops and conversations with colleagues and presenters, And having been given a charter to work with middle school students this current year I pledge the following: To honor my students by maximizing our time together with the goal… Read More ACTFL 2016-inspired resolutions
Vibrant sounds of active kids fill the hallways. A new school year resumes. Year 25 for me! When I began teaching, I didn’t even think about the future. There was no time. Novice and experienced teachers alike have precious few minutes to reflect much beyond the term once they step into the flow of the… Read More Happy to be back in the saddle