Teaching Strategies

Pre-reading Stations for Oscar et la dame rose

One of the English/reading teachers in my building presented some pre-reading ideas on building background information through stations.  She said that through the stations, the students connected more to the text than they had in past years.  I took some of her ideas and combined it with materials I purchased from TpT to create stations… Continue reading Pre-reading Stations for Oscar et la dame rose

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Immigration CSI Thinking Routine

I have found that the CSI Thinking Routine is perfect for summarizing the main ideas and themes of songs, poems, movies and short stories. In my most recent unit, I adapted Madame Shepard’s Refugee Crisis unit and added a poem and a song to explore this topic in a different way.  I had my students read… Continue reading Immigration CSI Thinking Routine

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Modeling Listening Strategies Using Screencastify

Many of my students consistently rate listening as the most challenging modality.  My colleagues and I have been helping our students develop strategies so that they can boost their confidence and improve their listening scores.  I often model thinking aloud for my students while we are reading, and the other day I realized that I… Continue reading Modeling Listening Strategies Using Screencastify

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Brainstorming Before a World Language Assessment

For the most recent French 1 presentational writing assessment, I had my students complete a brainstorming sheet the day before the summative assessment. They had access to their notes, but had no idea that they would be able to use this brainstorming sheet on the assessment. Students wrote WORDS that did and did not describe… Continue reading Brainstorming Before a World Language Assessment