Recently, I decided to ask my readers what they would like me to examine, explore and/or share in my blog. I’m so glad I did. Their ideas have shaped not only the series of posts that I’m launching with this piece, but also allowed me to reflect on aspects of my own practice that could … Continue reading UPDATED: Speaking of….speaking (Post 1 in the “Readers Request” Series)
When I'm at conferences, I like to tweet when I hear something that I feel is important or helpful. I do this to share the learning with others who were not in the same sessions as I was, but I also do this for myself. Typing helps me remember what I learned. Synthesizing to 140 … Continue reading What I learned in three weeks of regional conference attendance, according to Twitter
I often hear teachers say that authentic videos featuring native speakers (and intended for viewing by other native speakers) are too difficult for our language learners to use as listening practice, let alone listening assessment. And yet, I think we can all agree that we would like to have our students listen to "real" products … Continue reading Yes, they CAN understand native speakers!
I started teaching French in 1993. At that time, the technology to which I had access consisted of a Brother word processor I shared with my husband at home, a high-speed duplicating machine that used a drum and pushed out volumes of paper with blue ink that smeared and faded, a slide projector with carousel for showing … Continue reading Harnessing the REAL power of technology
The recent events that have unfolded in France have shown the best and worst of humanity. Once again, a series of cowardly acts of violence have caused numerous senseless deaths. Once again, families, friends, colleagues, countrymen and the world are mourning. And yet today, millions have stood up and marched around the world in a … Continue reading Am I Charlie?
Novice language learners CAN speak spontaneously given appropriate supports and practice!
Novice language users can produce meaningful, realistic writing. See two examples completed by my novice-mid and novice-high students in French 2 in this post.
I'm often asked what my favorite educational technology tools are. The question usually goes something like this: "With all of this emphasis on education technology and 21st century teaching and learning, what is one tool you would recommend to other teachers?" My response? Selectivity Before you rush off to the app store or to your computer to try selectivity.com … Continue reading And the single best tool I recommend to other teachers is….?
I have always been passionate about providing a rich, relevant and rigorous education for all learners. In addition to always practice what I teach in my work with students in my French classes, I also try to help other teachers reshape their approaches to education through my blog and through my professional learning programs at conferences and … Continue reading Rich, Relevant, Rigorous….and completely redesigned
(Updated September 7, 2015 to reflect new features in Socrative 2.0).Sometimes we want a quick check to see how our students are doing with a topic. We want to ask a few questions and know right away if the students were right or wrong. We want to be able to discuss questions students got wrong … Continue reading UPDATED: 2 tools are better than one: comparing Socrative and Kahoot