A more amplified and significant question is this: Why include output if research shows it doesn’t aid much in acquisition? What? Aren’t students supposed to produce the language? Isn’t that why they are in our classes, to learn to speak and write French, Spanish, German or Chinese? Yes and no. There is a place and… Read More Does output lead to acquisition?
One of my colleagues mentioned she was having her advisory girls reflect over the completed semester and project some goals for the rest of the year. I took her document and tweaked it a bit to share with my gals. Day 2 of the new semester seemed like an appropriate time for this self-evaluation. I… Read More Advisory activity for the new semester
My 8th grade students have been working independently for several weeks to develop their virtual French student identity. We have set up a scenario where they live in a student apartment building in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence. As they were working on their 4th ‘aventure’, I started filming and interviewing them without… Read More Students progress at different rates
In French 8, we finished up a chapter book – I assigned it as HW – one chapter a week. The way I kept the students accountable was to give them a “HW quiz” each week, in English. I wasn’t testing their ability to read French, but assessing whether they had understood what they had… Read More The Value of Pedagogy
Back from Thanksgiving break and we all need a boost to energize us for the sprint to Christmas break. Even before the first students dragged into Advisory at 8:05 am, my spirits were revived. What awaited me in my school email was a warm and affirming note from a 6th grade parent who wanted to… Read More Parent Feedback Feels Good!
Today was our 3rd annual CDS Middle School French Feast. Photo Collection Middle school sixth, seventh, and eighth grade French students feasted on traditional French cuisine prepared entirely by the students. Their assignment for class was to research an authentic recipe and create a dish to bring in and share. Before everyone dug in, we paused for… Read More French Luncheon – un grand succès!
I like to encourage my students with an occasional postcard addressed to them at home. I have chosen to mail something to their residence instead of putting a note in their locker so that the parents see as well. Besides, we all receive so little real snail mail, that it’s a treat when we do! I… Read More Attaboy notes to students