Looking for creative ways to decorate your bulletin board? Take a look at this collection of ideas and activities I have put together for the first couple of days of school! What do you do or are planning on doing?
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Have you ever noticed how our mindset changes the reactions of students and their performance? This idea, fostered by Carol Dweck, can truly change and enhance our practice. I know that once I started changing the way I viewed various situations, I felt empowered and I saw both a new passion for Spanish in my students as well as a new sense community within my classroom. I love these two articles that talk about if we provide and create a nurturing and intrinsic motivational environment, our learners will be engaged and empowered to succeed! These articles give several recommendations, but please share what you have done in your classroom by leaving a comment below! How else do you give praise to students? What have you done to build innovation? Want to test your mindset, click here!
We know that the Flipped Classroom Model is showing vast connections to learning and student engagement. Here are a few of my favorite tools. Please add to the list if you have any other tools to share!
An idea for holding students accountable while doing a "flipped" activity is have students fill out a template similar to the one found below. The example below is in English, but could be in target language especially for our Intermediate learners.
Writing a simple letter to parents and students before school starts is a powerful tool in starting the engagement process. This shows how it really is about building relationships with students and families to see success.
How can we make peer feedback, an interpersonal task more engaging! Look at this example to help get you started. Putting these expressions in the Target Language and providing to students will get them speaking and on task. What else do you do?
How can we get students engaged in learning, if we can't get students to listen! Check out these tips for promoting listening within the classroom. What do you think of these tips?
One of the most important and often most difficult concepts of teaching and learning is the idea of engagement. It is our responsibility to ensure that lessons and activities we prepare are engaging to students. This means making individual connections to interests expressed by students. If students are not engaged, how can we get them to the next level of proficiency in learning a World Language? Take a look at this recent article published through Education Week.
How do you teach this non cognitive piece that directly impacts achievement? What do you think about engagement?
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