Happy New School Year!
As we are getting ready for the new school year, here are some steps and lots of resources to help you get ready!
Step #1: Are you refreshing your WL syllabus for the new school year? Here are some examples for inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/grahnfo…/world-language-syllabi/.
Step #2: How will you teach your students about proficiency? Here are some resources for you: https://www.pinterest.com/grahnforlang/proficiency-tools/
Step #3: Build relationships with your students and create a supportive learning environment. Here are some resources for you: https://www.pinterest.com/…/building-relationships…/
Step #4: What will be your opening routine? How about a question or expression of the day? https://docs.google.com/…/19kk02ZzbDggd6…/edit…. Will you begin each class with a positive, encouraging message in the target language?: https://www.pinterest.com/…/positive-encouraging…/
Step #5: How will you gauge your students’ language proficiency at the start of the school year and build classroom community at the same time? Here are some resources for you: https://www.pinterest.com/…/speaking-and-writing-in…/. And here are some visuals you can use as prompts: https://www.pinterest.com/…/visuals-for-speaking-and…/
Step #6: Make yourself a warm fuzzy folder (real or digital) for all positive messages, cards, notes, emails, etc. you have received. When you experience a rough day, it’s your go-to place to focus on the positive, remind you how you have made a difference and how appreciated you are! (photo credit: https://www.happyhealthyandprosperous.com/everyone-needs…/)
Step #7: What scaffolds and supports will you provide your students? word wall? chat mat? expressions of the day? Here are some resources for you: https://www.pinterest.com/…/target-language-tools…/. Are you a Spanish teacher in search of a word wall? Here’s a free downloadable one: https://www.grahnforlang.com/…/gconti_wordwall_0816.pdf
Step #8: What are your class norms/expectations? Will students collaboratively create them (ex. class constitution)?: https://www.pinterest.com/…/face-to-face-and-online…/
Step #9: Are you planning to share the benefits of being proficient in another language with your students? Here are some resources for you: https://www.pinterest.com/…/world-language-learning…/
Step #10: Need some brain breaks and mindfulness activities for your students? Here you go: https://www.pinterest.com/grahnforlang/brain-breaks/ and https://www.pinterest.com/…/social…/calming-breathing/