Wednesday, October 28, 2020

First Flipgrid!

Flipgrid is a tool where students record video responses to a video I create for them.  Students can choose to make their fancy and even cover up their face or pixelate it.  Students recently created videos answering three questions I asked in a prompt video.  Here are my questions, and students' responses:


By the way, I asked them their names, if they were American, and if they also liked cats.


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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Fun with Nearpod and Quizlet Live!

 We've been using Nearpod a lot in our hybrid lessons.  Here are some snippets of what we've been doing:


Period 3 have chosen their avatars and they are ready to play Time to Climb, a game where they climb up the hill every time they answer a question correctly!


The Time to Climb leaderboard and the avatars making their way up the hill.  Watch them climb up the hill below:



Students answer a question in French about where they are from.



Students submit drawings for the word "Chantez !" (Sing!).


Mlle Decker's pick for the best interpretation of "Je ne sais pas" (I don't know).

Nearpod's not the only tool we've been using...we also played Quizlet Live today!  Every student gets assigned an animal in French, then they try to answer twelve vocabulary questions correctly, all in a row.  One wrong answer, and they have to start over!  Here it is in action:




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Friday, October 16, 2020

C'est moi !

Students contributed one slide to a class PowerPoint file where they described themselves in French.  Here are some of the results:













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Friday, October 9, 2020

The First Month of School in Photos

 Here is a peek at some of the activities going on in our French classroom during the first week of school:

First day of hybrid lessons:  students in the room and on Zoom!


Working on norms in breakout rooms with students in their opposite cohort:
Playing Gimkit to practice new vocabulary:


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Les normes

 Students recently worked together to come up with norms for French class.  A norm is something you agree to do on a regular basis to reach your goals as a group.  After reflecting on their goals for language learning, students generated a list of norms in groups, then shared them out either on a virtual whiteboard or on Socrative.  The class then voted on their favorite norms either by using the vote feature in Socrative or by stamping their favorite norms on the whiteboard.  Here's a peek at the brainstorming process:





Finally, after reviewing all the submissions, these four norms were selected as the most popular for the class to strive for:

Travaillez dur et faites un effort ! ~ Work hard and make an effort!

Écoutez et faites attention ! ~ Listen and pay attention!

Participez et parlez français ! ~ Participate and speak French!

Pratiquez à la maison ! Practice at home!


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Why Are You Learning French?

It's the first blog post of the school year!  We are just starting to get settled into our routines here at Maple and we recently had a discussion in class and then on Canvas about why students are learning French and what they've learned so far about the language and where it is spoken.  Here are what some of the students had to say:














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Friday, May 22, 2020

"Je suis" / "I Am" Poems

Students recently wrote "Je suis," or "I am" poems about themselves in French.  Here are some of the results:














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