It seems that there is always something new to learn about and it can be easy to become overwhelmed, so I have picked a few things that I want to focus on for the summer.
IPAs and Proficiency I received the Implementing Integrated Performance Assessment from ACTFL earlier this year, but I have not had a chance to read it yet. I have started to work with IPAs, but I am still at the beginning stages of this process. I hope that I will have a better understanding of how to create and grade an IPA as well as how to prepare students so that they are able to succeed. In addition, I hope to give students feedback related to their proficiency and how advance to the next level. With this feedback, I need to figure out a way to have students track their proficiency. This year I implemented Personal Learning Time, and the first thing that students do is to set a SMART goal that is number related (4, 3, 2), but I hope to switch this to a more proficiency based SMART goal.
Blended Learning and Personal Learning Time When I first began Personal Learning Time in December, I jumped in feet first and didn’t roll it out slowly. This summer I plan on developing a plan to roll it out at the beginning of the year and helping students see the relationship of effort and achievement. I also need to finalize a presentation for a session that I am presenting at the MN eLearning Summit.
Flexible Seating I have received several new pieces of furniture to start transforming my classroom and offering flexible seating options for my students. I need to research and develop a management plan to help students pick the best seat for them. I also need to brainstorm classroom layouts and look for more grant opportunities or free furniture that will fit in my classroom.
Breakout EDU I recently tried out a Breakout EDU in my French class and it was such a success that I need to create and/or find more breakouts. We just received our kits and I am going to bring one home to refer to.
Photo Activities Currently, I teach French 1 and IB French B SL years 1 and 2. One of the assessments that the IB students have to complete is to describe a photo for 3-4 minutes in French. I am currently developing an activity to scaffold this process and make it accessible for students in the lower levels (French 1-4) so that they have experience before they get to the IB class.
So this is my plan for the summer, after I relax and decompress a bit. I will update my blog over the summer and share my progress.