On November 22, 2017, Governor Baker signed a comprehensive legislation called Language Opportunity for our Kids (LOOK) which opens up the restrictive one-size-fits-all SEI mandate for districts and includes a Seal provision to reward students for functional biliteracy through the Seal. This is a monumental piece of legislation for the foreign language, dual language and English language learner (ELL) teacher groups who sponsored it.
Sorry I have been so remiss with updating H.O.T. My life became very hectic this fall with BIG (HUGE) classes and lots of extra activities.
The good news is I just had some time to update so be sure to visit and check out what is H.O.T,!
Let’s start 2019 with some new resources. Sorry I have not kept up but we all get busy at times!
Have you ever wished you could go and see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms? Well then you should definitely visit Spanish Teaching Videos – a Library of over 50 Demos. Here there is a collection showing different techniques teachers use for teaching Spanish. You will find TPRS, MovieTalk, Conversation and lots more. Spanish Mama suggests that you do some PD in your pajamas from your own home. Thanks Spanish Mama for collecting these great resources!’
Are you looking for a new resource. Well Srta Spanish says Gimkit! You have to check it out. In this blogpost she shares what Maris Hawkins has to say about Gimkit. HINT – It is an online review game like Kahoot, Quizlet, or Quizizz but better.
Are you tired of the same old Brain Breaks? Check out Best Brain Breaks from The Comprehensible Classroom. You will find a lot of new ideas to add to your repertoire!\
Want to incorporate some Spanish children’s stories into our classes. Then definitely check out Spanish Children’s Stories from The Spanish Experiment.
Write and Discuss: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways – has great information about a technique called ” Write and Discuss” a great tool for your Comprehensible Input Toolbox. Check it out!
Love technology? Then you should definitely spend some time at Spanish Games to Learn Spanish, a free online resource for beginners learning Spanish. It has fun interactive lessons, activities and games. Thanks Tech for World Language Teachers on FB for recommending this site.
Check out the videos which have the “Proficiency In My District” presentations from the 2018 Proficiency Academy. Kudos to Norwood, North Reading and Duxbury for all you have accomplished on the path to proficiency. These are great resources.
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Be sure to check out all of the new resources for Summer as you are resting and relaxing during these beautiful summer month!
Core Practices Hacks: But, For R.E.A.L. from Kentucky Teacher. Follow this link to read the fourth of a series of articles that highlight to Core Practices. In each you will find ideas, examples and reflections on these practices. You can find the links to the other articles on this page.
Want to incorporate Google Geo Tools in your classroom? Then be sure to visit Google Geo Tools: Virtual Reality in the Language Classroom by Heidi Trude.
Want to consider (reconsider) your gradebook categories. You will find some ideas in this blogpost Grade for Proficiency from The Comprehensible Classroom.
Do you like to use games in your classroom. Then check out this article GimKit – You HAVE to check it out! from Srta. Spanish. The blogpost states that it is better than Kahoot, Quizlet and Quizizz! Let us know if you try it!
Many MaFLA colleagues incorporate Brain Breaks into their classes. Want some new ideas? Check out BEST BRAIN BREAKS – from the Comprehensible Classroom!
I am trying to incorporate more topics about Social Justice into my classes. This website – Spanish for Social Justice – is a gem. The Spanish for Social Justice Teacher Network was form in 2010 by a group of high school Spanish teacher in Vancouver, BC who wanted to move beyond their textsbooks, and provide students with engaging content that promotes mindful global citizenship. Be sure to browse the various themes and resources available!
Want to check out the 2018 OFLA Conference and the various presentations? Then visit this Pinterest Page – OFLA Conference 2018 – Contextualize This! – to see the various resources from the sessions. Thanks OFLA for sharing!
Stephanie Carboneau, a French teacher in Maine, recently published a blogpost in which she share several of her go-tos to keep her students using the language. Check out this blogpost at Footprints in the Language Sandbox.
So what are your Go-tos? Here is a great list of Go-Tos from the blogpost March Sanity#3: Savor Your Go-Tos shared by MaFLA’s Rebecca Blouwoulff. Gracias and Merci!
Do you sometimes have issues keeping students in the target language? Then be sure to check out this blogpost – Motivating Students to Stay in the Target Language – from the Confidence Classroom.
Check out this Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe from MaFLA’s Advocacy Coordinator Ted Zarrow. Latin, that so-called dead language, is alive and well and living appeared in the March 18, 2018 issue of the Boston Globe.
Hey everyone! I finally had time to update Hot on the Web. Check out all the new resources!
Are you trying to teach for Social Justice? We Teach Languages @weteachlang has posted this on twitter.
In episode 44, Stacey, the organizer and host of We Teach Languages, shares an interview with Terry Osborn that she conducted as part of the 2018 issue of Dimension, the peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) . This special issue, which Stacey co-edited with Paula Garrett-Rucks, contains seven chapters all focused on how critical pedagogy and social justice play out in the language classroom. Listeners will get to hear a portion of the interview with Dr. Terry A. Osborn that comprises the first chapter of this special issue. Click here to listen!
German Teachers! Look what we found for you. Let us know what you think of 10 modern German musicians you need to listen to before you die.
A must read blogpost from Musicuentos – NCSSFL & ACTFL gave us new Can Dos: Your 15 minute(ish) guide!
Check out this game Piensa rápido which is available for free at Teachers Pay Teachers. I have already downloaded it and it is a fun fast game. Thanks Comprendes Mendez SpanishShop!
Be sure to check out this compilation of Central States Conference 2018 Presentations on Pinterest. Thanks CSCTFL for sharing!
Also don’t miss the SCOLT 2018 Presenter Files on Google Drive. Thanks SCOLT for sharing!!
Be sure to look at The Savvy Language Learner infographic at INDWELLING LANGUAGE. This is something great to share with students!
French Teachers – Here is a Disney cartoon in French – Croissant de Triomphe – Mickey Mouse!
There are some fun ideas in this blogpost by Señora Chase – Last 5 minutes of class.
This site – Dollar Street – has come highly recommended as a great resource for cultural comparisons – homes and families etc.
Our colleague Kristy Placido of Placido Language Resources has created a playlist of Cantantes Mujeres.