Flexible Seating

Flexible Seating Reflections

Last year I shifted my instruction to be more student-centered that allows students some choice in the path, place and pace of their learning. When I made this change in my instruction, I realized that the physical space of my classroom also needed to be updated to reflect the changes that I’ve made. I have…… Continue reading Flexible Seating Reflections

Teaching Strategies

A BreakoutEDU Without a Kit For Oscar et la dame rose

We finished reading Oscar et la dame rose and I was looking for a fun cumulative activity and was lucky to find a breakout on the French Teachers in the US Facebook page.  Kelly Houlihan was so generous and shared her resources.  My department does have a set of BreakoutEDU kits, but due to a…… Continue reading A BreakoutEDU Without a Kit For Oscar et la dame rose

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

Teaching Strategies

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

Teaching Strategies

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