FUN FRIDAY: Sequencing game in world languages

Not only do I think this game from Creative Language Class serves as a motivating tool for learning new words, reading in a new language, and collaborating with peers, but it also [Read more…]

Portfolio assessment in French? Oui!

Some assessment tools just work better than others in a DI classroom. Portfolios are one of the best choices for allowing a wide range of students to show what they know, demonstrate competencies, and participate in assessment in a meaningful way. This post from World Language Classroom provides some ideas for using portfolios in French class, but [Read more…]

FUN FRIDAY: Foreign language bean bag games

Diane at Foreign Language Fun has shared these cute games to play with your little ones but I can see playing them with kids at any age (even in high school). All of her bean bag games are designed to teach simple concepts like numbers, letters and body parts- words that all new foreign language […]

FUN FRIDAY: Boggle board

As Mrs. Rojas illustrates on her blog, Boggle doesn’t need to be used only as an indoor recess activity or literacy center choice, it can also be a constant part of your classroom decor.

Students can work in pairs during a writing center, or can…

Do you flex?

Loved this post from passion4theprofession about using flexible groupings and active learning structures in the classroom. You will find a few ideas for encouraging student engagement in this post along with a printable handout that can be used to create quick groupings and partnerships.

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FUN FRIDAY: Boggle board

As Mrs. Rojas illustrates on her blog, Boggle doesn’t need to be used only as an indoor recess activity or literacy center choice, it can also be a constant part of your classroom decor. Students can work in pairs during a writing center, or can go up to the board and silently write down found words when they finish early with classroom work. You can keep extra letters to make it easy to change the puzzle on the board every week.

Boggle is a great activity for the…

A guide to differentiating

Does effectively teaching 30 students in one classroom require teachers to develop 30 lessons, one tailor-made for each student? Or should teachers “aim for the middle” and hope to reach most students in a given lesson? The answer is not simple, but an article on Education.com examines the characteristics of differentiation and offers suggestions for how teachers […]

Teach the whole brain

Check out the video demonstrating Whole Brain Teaching on Elementary Matters. In the video that the instructor (Coach B from WBT) keeps the students totally engaged by talking, using emotions, visuals, movement, teaching chunks of information, and giving immediate feedback. Sally DeCost, creator of the blog, also shares her impressions of using WBT in her second-grade classroom. WBT […]

Self-regulation a key to success?

Interested in student motivation? Hop over to the Free Spirit Publishing website to read this article by Richard Cash. It is fantastic and will be of interest to anyone invested in differentiation.

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Get smart!

We are recommending not one single idea or link today but an entire website/blog of great content. Even if you don’t have a SMART Board in your school or classroom, you will find fun tech ideas on Teachers Love SMART Boards. Most of the posts are directly related to interactive boards but if you go […]