It’s just amazing what we can do with technology nowadays! I’ve taught more than 20 years and I still get so excited when I discover or learn something new to try in my class. Last year I created a Google Classroom for my dual language kindergarten class. It is an incredible tool to utilize for the listening and speaking component of acquiring a second language. I have seen growth in the span of the year in my students language. It is amazing!
This year I have included dictation with homework, and incorporated Google Classroom. Weekly dictation goes home for practice with various activities to do at home. Classroom practice is included also. I discovered how to add recordings of the dictation using my iPhone’s voice memo. I record myself reading the dictation for students and parents to access at home. Reading, writing, listening and speaking all go hand in hand so we touch on all these important skills with this practice.
I’m excited to see the end result in my students language acquisition with this practice, and will keep you posted. I’m hoping to develop data to show growth with this practice. Wish me luck! 😉
If you have ideas or practices of how you help students’ second language acquisition, please share here and maybe we can begin a dialogue for language teachers! Have a wonderful 2018!
It is beautiful when you stop and listen.
The leaves swaying with the wind
The calm in the air.
The spring birds and sea gulls
Singing in unison a song of summer.
Looking at the sky, it is clear
what is below.
The great divide between
us and our Master!
How beautiful the sound.
My inspiration was Maurice Sendak’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE! Dedicated to my boy because he was a wild thing! ❤ He’s a genius as a young man now! 😉💜
From my personal blog, “Life is a Beach”. Teachers DO have other lives outside of the classroom! I know, it’s hard to believe. 😉
Alex the T-Rex
Yes we are, all teachers!! 😄 Back to school is well on its way in Texas. Teachers return next week. My heart is content to say I’ve started! 😄 I was here…
…to my Teacher’s spot, here…
I try and keep things the kids make me, cards, and they go on my teacher’s corner. I have more, but that’s enough. 😊 I keep important things and schedules at eyes-view because I will need to see something quick.
My student work bulletin board changed. I love the Hulk idea but made this below instead.
I found some adoreable clothes pins with little chalkboards on them to write names.
Super excited to get started! Wishing everyone a great start of year!
I love this quote. It’s so perfect for me right now. This year I’ll be venturing into Dual Language Kindergarten, new school, new district– I’m excited! It’s that time in the summer to begin planning, arranging, cleaning out boxes, restocking on name badges and birthday certificates! Also shopping for this years theme. The theme at my new campus will be superheroes. This is what I have in mind:
I think I’d say, “We are incredible! Somos increibles!” 😉😉
This July has been somewhat surreal compared to other Julys. These days past we would be planning summer trips to Florida or California with images of Mickey and the Golden Gate Bridge in our heads. But today there is a sense of uneasiness with incidents of senseless violence in Orlando, now Dallas that is still echoing in my ears.
As I reminisce about my classroom, I wonder what do we tell the kids? Nothing. We do what we’ve been doing for decades in this profession and something much better, we give them our heart, our ears, our prayers. We show them what peace is in our classrooms with the love of reading, writing and rationalizing. We read stories of kindness and friendship, teach them about rules, consequences and sweet rewards. We remind them that saying “I’m sorry”, “I’ll do better next time”, and “I won’t quit” is always better then giving up or getting angry and holding resentment.
I mourn for those who lost their lives this summer. But we as a society can definitely do something to plant seeds of kindness and courtesy in our children, students and community. Images of Mickey are more proper to the little lives in our town then images of mothers crying. Never give up on the children. They are the future.
What has happened?
Still in the classroom…
That time of the year is here where there is rustle and bustle to finish up report cards, pack up teacher things, keep kids engaged…Still! All in a years work of teaching! Bittersweet feelings of not seeing these kiddos next year in my class. They will be off to second grade! Watch out 2nd grade!
Beginning to think of summer things too. Planning trips for June, July and August. Finding sun screen, summer reading, and cool shades! 😎 Summer sports for my kids with basketball and volleyball! Look forward to that and spending time with friends– the kids and our own.
What to do! So much to think about, so much on this teacher’s mind. That time of the year, whirlwind of such.
End of the year excitement.