The Back to School Edition of the MaFLA Newsletter is available. Don’t miss the latest about our 50th Jubilee Conference and all of the great articles on its theme. We have some fascinating articles about ” Communities” as well as some articles from some new voices and from regular contributors.
GOETHE-INSTITUT SPONSORSHIP FOR MaFLA CONFERENCE
The Goethe-Institut Boston will be offering 12 hotel rooms for Friday night October 27th at the Springfield Sheraton for German teachers who have registered for the MaFLA Conference. These rooms will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis and only one teacher per district may apply. On Friday evening the Goethe-Institut Boston will be hosting a a ‘dinner and dialogue’ for German teachers at the hotel at 7:30pm for 25 German teachers. To take advantage of these exciting opportunities, please send an e-mail to Kerstin Hämmerling at the Goethe-Institut: Kerstin.Haemmerling@goethe.de.
Lots of buzz about “going back to school.” Be sure to check out the newest links and resources!
School? Back to classes? Yup, that’s right. Only a few weeks left and for some only a week left before we are all back standing before our students. As you can imagine there has been flurry of “back to school” posts on social media. I want to share some of the ones that I have enjoyed and those posts and articles that have inspired me. Enjoy!
Here are some general posts and links about language learning.
Dip your Toes in CI – Idea #1: Ask a Question from Martina Bex at The Comprehensible Classroom.
First We Learn to Listen from Grant Boulanger at Exploring the Convergence of Language Acquisition and the Arts. In his blogpost he reminds us that “A flood of input must precede a trickle of output.”
Since listening is such an important skill in language learning, this blogpost, by Marcus Conyers and Donna Wilson, which appeared on Edutopia and which focuses on Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management proves to be a very informative resource.
Do you want your students to understand “proficiency?” Then don’t miss this blogpost by Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell at Musicuentos. Although it is Proficiency & tacos and geared toward a Spanish class, the idea could easily be changed to any language by simply changing the tacos to a cultural product from your language.
Here is another great blogpost and resource about Making proficiency comprehsible to students by MaFLA’s own Wyatt Crane. His document, which aims to make proficiency sublevels easy for kids to grasp, is amazing. Thanks, Wyatt, for this. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet you and share ideas with you at the MaFLA PA Academy.
I love the idea of students using the language beyond the classroom. Using language authentically outside of the classroom by answering weekly blog prompts (the BEST way to learn about your students) offers some great ideas for language beyond the classroom. Thanks “keeping it comprehensible” for this awesome resource.
Do you love to integrate Technology or are you interesting in integrating more technology into your classes? These resources might be for you!
Check out Tips for Teaching with Technology by Maris Hawkins. She shares some great insights and ideas.
Engaging World Language Students Through Social Media by Guest Blogger Kaitlin E. Thomas at Education Week explains how social media has become ideal to enhance language learning.
30 Creative Ways to Use Padlet for teachers and students by Lucie Renard explains what Padlet is and offers numerous ways to use it in classrooms.
The Massachusetts Foreign Language Association’s Alignment for World Language Educators and Supervisors which aligns the Massachusetts Model System for Educator Evaluation: Teacher Rubric and the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project has now been posted for your to use. This document is a resource guide for identifying high-quality world language teaching as described by the TELL Project and in alignment with the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation system. The document can be found here on our evaluation resources page.
MaFLA friends and members.
Please be aware of these important conference registration deadlines.
Our Super Saver Discount ends on August 3! To take advantage of this register and use the code SUPER17.
Early Bird Registration ends September 6, 2017
Regular Registration ends September 22, 2017
Hey MaFLA colleagues. We are just about ready to start our MaFLA Proficiency Academy. The schedule looks great and I know everyone is excited to begin their proficiency journey (novice participants) or to continue on the proficiency route (intermediate participants). It promises to be another 4 days of learning, sharing and growth. We are very lucky to have Greg Duncan and Thomas Sauer again to guide us this summer. Welcome Greg and Thomas! Challenge us and help us to become our best!
It has been great having all of this free time in July for resting and relaxing. I have noticed lately, however, that many of my colleagues are already gearing up for the next academic year. Here are some links that might be of interest as you also are getting yourselves psyched for 2017-18.
This is definitely a “Don’t Miss it” article by Meredith White posted at Path to Proficiency. It is entitled Proficiency Has Made Me a Better Teacher. I think all of the participants in the MaFLA Proficiency Academy can attest to this.
Homework Choices is an amazing blogpost with so many ideas at PBL in the TL. I plan to explore the ideas and this is definitely something I want to do this year.
How about Using Instagram in your classroom? I love the ideas that were offered in Authentic Instagrams at Spanishplans.org.
Creating a Classroom Space that Maximizes Language Learning from Mundo de Pepita!
Brain Breaks for the World Language Classroom by The Comprehensible Classroom. In this blogpost, Martina Bex talks about the importance of these breaks from learning and she even has a Brain Breaks document which you can download for free!
Five Things to Do on the First Day of Class from Faculty Focus Higher Ed Teaching Strategies from Magna Publications
Engaging Ideas for Movie Talks, Stories and Novels from the Amazing @sonrisadelcampo. This has some great and creative ideas for all languages.
WHAT’S THE PASSWORD? by Bryce Hedstrom is a fascinating blogpost about having the students use a password to enter the class. I love the idea that it creates camaerderie, builds strong community and engages the students. I just might have to try it!! I probably will!
Are you already getting that syllabus created? Check out this WORLD LANGUAGE SYLLABUS FOR PROFICIENCY by Creative Language Classroom. You can even download the templates for free!
FIND YOUR BLOB: A QUICK, FUN FL SPEAKING ACTIVITY by Spanish Mama. Although the examples are in Spanish, you could do this activity with any language. Let us know if you adapt it to your language.
GREET THEM AT THE DOOR by Creative Language Classroom offers free greeting signs. Don’t miss out on this. They are available in French and Spanish!
Here are some specific links for Spanish.
Looking for some website in Spanish for children? Then be sure to visit Best Free Spanish Websites for Kids from Spanish Playground.
Activities for the First Days of School in Elementary Spanish Classes from Mundo de Pepita.
Having the students greet and meet each other is always part of the beginning routines so be sure to check out the Spanish Meet and Greet Chart for Practice from Spanish for You.
1st Day of Spanish 2 & 3 Plans (without a syllabus) at Mis Clases Locas! There are some great ideas here. I particularly love her idea of having a Photo Booth set up for students to take pictures! What fun! HEY, those of you who do not teach Spanish can also use this idea!
Do you like to incorporate technology into your classes? Then check out Geekie Teacher and the blogpost on QR Codes in the Spanish Classroom. The idea here could be used with any language!
Here is one for you German Teachers!
10 Great Apps for German Language Learners and Teachers at Language Learning Base.
This is a great video the share with students, parents, and of course administrators – The Benefits of Being Bilingual. Thanks World Economic Forum for this great resource.
INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK PAGE: PERFORMANCE & PROFICIENCY is an interesting blog post in PBL in the TL about how this teacher became more intentional about how and what is taught by incorporating interactive notebooks.
German teachers – You might want to share this post from Languages The Observer on Why we should learn German by John le Carré
An Invitation to Explore!
We hope you will take some time and check out our brand new website. There is a lot to explore. Enjoy!