Tip Sheet #7 - October 25, 2022
So MANY Activities for You This Week...
|But First... Let's Visit With||Madame Lopez, Weslaco ISD|
Editor's Note: This is a shout-out to all of the Teachers of World Languages who never get enough love in the K12 world anymore. I have had such warm welcomes in the eight Spanish-speaking countries I've visited because I'm able to converse in their language. They always ask where I learned Spanish, and I always credit las maestras maravillosas en mi escuelas. Muchas gracias, senoras.
Bonjour! I'm Madame Lopez, an educator with 22 + years of experience in language acquisition. I'm a South Texas native and a proud graduate of UTPA. I started taking French in high school because my father found an old book in the trash and brought it home to me. It had a picture of the Eiffel Tower on the cover. I was confused but started leafing through the book. My excitement grew because I understood some of the words and exclaimed, “Papi, se parece al espanol!” My father's simple act of kindness opened up a whole new world for me.
One of my goals, as a teacher, is to transmit the intense love I have for the study of French to my students. On the first day, I invite them to be active participants and not be afraid to make mistakes. I had a student tell me some time ago that my class is different and called my teaching style CASUAL LEARNING. I had never heard that term before and took it as a compliment. For me, the best learning happens when kids don’t realize they are working.
I am a firm believer that students need to feel comfortable and at ease in order to learn and venture into the "it's okay to make mistakes" zone. This is especially true in a world language classroom because students have to perform in front of their peers, which can be very scary. Yet it is through mistakes and struggles that students achieve great things when acquiring a new language.
As regards to technology, I am fairly new to the techy side of teaching. In fact, moving to a new school 5 years ago opened my eyes to a brand new way of doing things. It was the pandemic that really got me going and out of my comfort zone, though. I spent a lot of time digitalizing activities, creating Google Slides, and recording myself speaking to simulate a language classroom experience. It seemed that all I did for days on end was take pictures of my worksheets, embed them as background images, and add textbox after textbox for students to type in. After all that work, I still had to manually grade each text box!! Luckily a coworker told me about TeacherMade and I’ve been using it ever since. The auto-grading makes my job so much easier.
I also discovered something powerful: When you remove the potential for embarrassment, you unleash the student's true potential. The audio features in TeacherMade are excellent and one of the reasons it is my go-to tool. I can record and insert onto any activity. I record my own voice for listening comprehension and assess the pronunciation and fluency of my students via their recordings. They can place their clips right onto the activity with no more stress over public performances. Now I get to hear more of them speak more often than I ever did before I went digital! Even my reluctant students love to use TeacherMade. I think it would positively transform any world language classroom as it has mine. https://sites.google.com/view/french-with-mme-lopez/online-tools?authuser=0
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Shared Elementary TeacherMades:
SEL: How Are You Feeling?
PrevSocial Studies: Colonies Article
Shared Middle School TeacherMades:
Science: Lab Equipment
ELAR/SS - Informational Paired Passages: George Washington's Portrait/ The Story Behind the Silmarillion
DID YOU KNOW? JUST BECAUSE IT SAYS "STAAR" DOESN'T MEAN IT'S ONLY FOR TEXAS!
ELAR and SS TEACHERS IN ANY STATE THAT TESTS ONLINE WILL WANT TO HAVE A LOOK AT OUR
STAAR READING PASSAGE LIBRARY.
Shared High School TeacherMades:
HS French - Oral Proficiency with Numbers, Days, Conversational Phrases
HS French - Venir - Irregular Verb Worksheet
Howling Halloween Activities
FUN: Halloween Word Search
ELA: Spooky Synonyms
Mathematics: Counting Ghosts and Ghouls -- Pumpkins Too!
Mathematics: Halloween Word Problems -- Addition & Subtraction
Mathematics: Halloween Fraction Word Problems
ELA: Halloween-Themed Figurative Language
NEW!! ELAR/SS: Watch, Listen and Learn: Dia de Los Muertos
ELAR/SS: Pan de Muertos Recipe
ELAR/SS/Science: Dia de Los Muertos y Mariposas Monarca
This Week's Tuesday
ELAR/SS: Diwali: The Festival of Light
Kate shows us how to load worksheets that are 11 x 8.5, aka "landscape orientation." Though she makes everything look easy, this one really is!! ;)
Calling NC and KY TeacherMaders -
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Call for Presenters closes November 1, 2022
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Big feature releases coming soon-- so stay tuned!
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