Are you looking for French Christmas books to read with your class, but you’re not sure where to start? I compiled a list of French Christmas read alouds that my students love and I’m sure yours will too.Read more
With the many skills and assessments available to French teachers, how do you know which is best for tracking reading progress? How can you keep student tracking from becoming chaos? And how can you make student progress monitoring successful rather than just another to-do item? In this blog, I will share how you can keep data tracking simple and worth your time.Read more
Hey everyone! My name is Jessica Stairs and I’m this week’s guest blogger for the amazing Mme Caroline. I teach Grade 1 French immersion in Ottawa and have taught everything from K-6. This will be my fifth year teaching Grade 1 and I love it the most! I share a lot of teaching ideas on Instagram and Facebook and I’d love to connect with you!
Building a classroom community lies at the very heart of what we do as teachers. Yes, we’re there to teach curriculum, but students are more likely to actually absorb and apply the curriculum if they feel valued in the environment where they’re learning. The importance of building community goes back to the idea that kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Research shows that students learn best when they are in an environment where they feel valued and safe, both physically and emotionally. Every interaction is an opportunity to make that connection and make sure we are meeting each student’s needs as best we can.
So knowing all this, the real question becomes how can we actually build this community within our classroom? Luckily, small actions done consistently over time can make a big difference! It’s important to know that building a strong classroom community doesn’t stop at a few lessons or activities within the first few weeks of school. To foster a truly strong community takes some true planning and repetition throughout the year. Here are a few things that have worked for me in the past, as well as one that I’m planning to trial this year in my classroom.Read more
Bonjour! My name is Kaitlyn Reid and I am your guest blogger this week! I am a Core French teacher in a small rural town in Ontario and love everything about languages! You can find me on Facebook and you can find me on Instagram.
How has it come to that time of year already again?! It feels like we just started our summer vacation, yet here we are either getting ready to start very soon or in a few weeks. As exciting and nerve wracking the first day of school is for students, it is the same for teachers alike.
Each year we plan something different and great. Sometimes I feel like we have no clue what we are getting into again, starting all over with new routines and new students. Yet, this is such an exciting day to welcome everyone back for another year!
Each year, with experience, the first day of school gets a bit easier. We understand setting routine, getting to know our students, and starting to build those important relationships.
Whether it is your first year teaching or you are many years in, here are a few ideas of things to remember for the first day of school!Read more
I did the research so that you don’t have to! I’ve created a list of French back to school resources that you need if you teach Primary French Immersion. These resources are perfect for preparing for la rentrée. Are you feeling stressed out about returning to school? Check out this link to my blog post about 5 tips to help reduce stress for back to school.Read more
Bonjour! I’m Erin: guest blogger du jour! I’m a Colorado French teacher and author, and I love connecting with other world language teachers across the country. I hope you find some of my ideas below helpful, and bonne rentrée à toutes et à tous!
I grew up on garage sales, cutting coupons, and variety of other ways to make ends meet, both commonplace and wildly weird. That kind of upbringing, combined with my background in art, allows me to see objects not just as they are but more as they could be. It’s in my DNA to scrounge, save, and otherwise make my world language classroom function the best it possibly can using the least amount of money.Read more
Preparing for back to school brings in a lot of emotions in me. Stress for all the planning and work that needs to get done. Excitement for the possibilities ahead. Nerves about the actual first day back. Sadness that it’s the end of summer, which means winter is coming. Happiness at the thought of meeting my new students. I could keep going. The idea of being back with the kids is very exciting for me, but all the logistics needed to get there really stress me out. I am creating this blog post based on a small fraction of the information you can find in my Back To School Guide for French Immersion Teachers.Read more
Practicing reading skills has become more difficult with virtual learning. I thought I would share some online French reading resources I found to help make teaching reading easier for you!Read more
How many times has this happened to you? You give a great lesson on the writing task at hand then send your students to go do their assignment. 2 minutes later, you hear those dreaded words. “J’ai fini”. You think to yourself, how is this possible? You’ve only been working for a couple of minutes! You ask to see their work and they’ve written one or two sentences and claim they have nothing left to share about the topic you chose. Now what? In this post, I’ll be showing you how I teach narrative writing in French Immersion in order to minimize “j’ai fini”, get your students writing the whole time, and keep them engaged.Read more