Des idées pour travailler l'écriture pendant la lecture guidée

Have you ever noticed how our struggling readers are often struggling writers, too? And if a student has a hard time decoding words, they also have a hard time hearing and recording the sounds they want to write?

Makes sense, doesn't it?

Reading and writing are so intertwined, and it is our job to help our struggling writers figure out how to get their thoughts, ideas, and stories down on paper, and offer support and practice as often as possible.

But, there are only so many hours in the day! And this can be a huge challenge when you are teaching upwards of 20 students.

There is also a big push for guided reading and guided math at the moment (and obviously those two subjects are extremely important!). If you are already spending a huge chunk of your day teaching in small groups and finding ways to keep the rest of your students academically occupied, when are you supposed to find time for writing groups, too?

I do it in two ways - writing conferences and by sneaking in guided writing practice as often as humanly possible

I will share more about how I run writing conferences in a future blog post, but for today, I would like to share with you three ways that I sneak in writing practice DURING guided reading. I find this to be super efficient and effective, because I already have my groups and my routine all set up! And, since reading and writing fit so well together, it just makes sense to practice them at the same time!

Looking for more ways to get your French primary students writing? Check out these three tips for adding écriture to your guided reading (lecture guidée) routine!

Que fait le chef du jour?


The school year is wrapping up (how are we already at the end of May?!) and I don't know about you, but at the end of each school year I like to take a kind of inventory of what worked well for me and what I would like to change. 

One thing that I changed after my very first year teaching (and that I have stuck with ever since!) was how I do classroom jobs. 

The first year that I taught, I hadn't quite caught on to keeping things as simple as possible. I had an elaborate classroom job chart, and struggled to keep up with remembering to change the jobs out each week, and reminding students to do their jobs. I also had an "Étoile de la semaine" - basically, one student was the star of the week, and could bring in show and tell one day, a story to read another day, etc. etc. 

It was a lot to manage.

And for what?? There aren't really any outcomes about doling out classroom jobs. Assuming their responsibilities, yes... but I can easily evaluate that during about a million other moments each day.

Now that I have accepted that fact that I am the kind of teacher who can barely remember to change the daily schedule, let alone classroom jobs, I am really happy with my post-first-year decision to keep things as simple as possible and go with an EASY, prep-free alternative.

Now, in my class, we have a chef du jour - which is code for super chill for the teacher, but SUPER exciting for the students

If you are also the kind of person who struggles with keeping your classroom chore chart up to date and remembering to send notices to the correct parents when it's their child's turn to be Étoile de la semaine, read on for my recommendation!

Mes projets d'art préférés pour le printemps

Happy Spring - I think it's really finally here!

I don't know about you, but there is just something about spring that makes me love teaching art even more than usual (which is saying a lot!).

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and I have enough energy to get the paint out without hesitation ;)

If you feel the same way I do about spring, here are a few of my favourite projects for inspiration!


This is my number one favourite!!! That artist woman is BRILLIANT, and if you haven't read her blog before, go do it right now!!

These trees always turn out beautifully, and are a huge hit with parents. And my students are always really proud of them, too!

Here's a few from this year:

3 façons de s'assurer que les élèves parlent français TOUS LES JOURS!

We all know that in order to learn a second language, our students must SPEAK that second language.

Makes sense, right? You learn to speak by speaking!

This means that it is SO, SO important to maximize the amount of time that all of your students are speaking - not just one or two.

Often, I am sure you'll find that when we ask a question to the class and get our students to raise their hands and wait for us to call on them, it is always the same few students answering our questions over and over!

And other times, a whole day can go by before you realize that you didn't speak to a particular student - especially the shy or quiet ones! We are SO BUSY and there is so much going on in the run of the day in maternelle. It is really hard to seek out the quiet students for conversation when we have 10 or so noisy and excited students scrambling for our attention.

But we HAVE to make sure that ALL of our students are getting equal opportunities to speak and practice French, each and every day, if we want them to become successful and fluent in their second language.

Small group time is great, but it isn't enough. If you're like me, you don't see all your groups each day. And there is so much more that our students need to know how to express!

Looking for ways to help encourage your students to speak French every day in your maternelle or première année classroom? Check out these three simple tricks to get them talking!

One of my mentors/teacher heroes did a PD session with us recently, and I will never forget what she told us. She said: