One huge struggle I hear over and over from my fellow French teachers is how it's impossible to get our students to speak French.   Teachers have told me it's challenging (and overwhelming!) to convince their students that to learn French, they need to actually speak it... and, sometimes, to even sell them on the idea that it's worth the effort!   They can already speak perfectly well in English or in another language… why bother?!   I do a variety of things throughout the school year to convince my students to speak French (you can read about my gumball machines HERE , for example) and to give them opportunities to practice all the French they are learning (you can read more about my favourite whole-class game HERE ) .    I like to switch it up to keep engagement high and to keep things interesting!   In this post, I'll go how how exactly I use my French behaviour bingo + the promise of fancy Pokémon stickers to encourage my students to speak as much French as possibl...
During the height of the pandemic last year, when it was spring and we couldn't go anywhere or do anything except yard work, I decided I wanted to (try to) get into gardening.🌱 Despite coming from a long line of green thumbs AND my first-ever job being at my grandparents' greenhouses, I am not a naturally gifted gardener. I would, in fact, say I am a very gifted plant killer 😂 I had no idea where to begin or what to even really do. Leah and I started out by turning an old sink into a planter and popping in some lettuce from our local farm, but a next step? We had NO idea! And, as it turns out, I'm not the only one who struggles with gardening! I was kind of surprised to find out, when asking friends for (virtual) help, a lot of us are not pro-gardeners haha. A lot of our parents ARE... but it seems that we didn't really pick up all the skills through osmosis? Weird. The instructions on the backs of seed packets are helpful for sure, as is Googling "easiest plants...
If you're teaching online, or your students suddenly have devices in the classroom, you might have discovered Boom Learning. (If not, you can check it out HERE ) Boom Learning is a great website where teachers can create interactive "task cards" for students to complete. You can create (or purchase) cards for any subject, any concept, basically anyTHING! Your students can play for free by using the "fastpin" feature, and if you want data about how they do, you can opt for a paid membership. Lots of TPT authors also create Boom Learning cards, myself included. Since spring is in the air, here's a list of 10 of the spring-y Boom Card decks I've created so far! 1. Spring Predictable Sentences If you use my Pocket Chart Phrases fantastiques from TPT, this is similar to the spring set. Students will listen to and then build each sentence by dragging & dropping the correct sight words and vocabulary card in the right order. 2. Cookie Bug Beginning Letter S...