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 sneak...
Bonjour! 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 ...
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! 1. SPRING TREES 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: ...
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...