Continuous Improvement Website- Cedar Rapids Community Schools.
Goal setting, mission statements, class meetings, data folders, and more. This is a GOLDMINE of information with many forms and templates that can be customized.
National Certification- World Languages
Classroom Curriculum Connections: A Teacher's Handbook for Personal-Professional Growth professional development guide by Saskatchewan Learning encourages Collaborative Planning as a professional goal for all teachers to consider.
CASLS is a K-16 National Foreign Language Resource Center promoting international literacy by supporting communities of educators and by partnering with those communities to develop a comprehensive system of proficiency-based tools for lifelong language learning and teaching. Customizable newsletter once a week.
The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT)- Newsletter once a month
Teachers TV- Rich resource of instructional techniques in
. You can sign up for an account and keep bookmarks. Newsletter once a month.
Edweek.org. Newsletter once a week.
Teacher Magazine. Newsletter once a week
ONLINE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES
MFL Resources. Very active group from the
. The individual message mode allows you to receive the very useful attachments. However, there can be 50 or more messages a day! For me it is worth it!
KEEPING IT REAL AND THE CULTURAL ICEBERG…
* Yahoo, MSN, International Google are also excellent sources for “real world” information.
Sue Fenton- Madame Fifi Publications.
Excellent resources for maximizing oral communication. Sample titles-
Over 1,000 Conversation Starters for Any Language Course —A BEST-SELLER
You Played a Song. Now What?
Move Your Students to a
L’Internaute Magazine- French online magazine for everyday life. This is my home page and I couldn’t start my day without it!
MCM.net- Everything about contemporary French music!
Great source of videos to show your students
This is an example of a playlist I created for the theme of personal relationships
Cultural Iceberg Metaphor
Mike Berg’s Blog
When you first arrive in a foreign culture, you start at the tip of the iceberg. Above the waterline, which represents your level of cultural awareness, are the actions, thoughts, and words (observational behavior) of a culture. What you don’t see, however, until your water level lowers revealing more of the iceberg is the beliefs, values, and assumptions of a culture that motivates the observational behavior above the surface. Thus, the waterline is one of the reasons wars are fought and you can’t help but feel lost when exposed.
Cultural Iceberg- One page representation
Cultural Iceberg- Multi page reference created to use in ESL classes
Integrating ICT in MFL Classroom- This should be your starting point for how to integrate technology into your classroom. There are extensive podcasts, slide shows, etc. Joe Dale has done an amazing job harnessing useful resources. His blog is what inspired me to create my own. Furthermore, his students at the
have great podcasts that you can subscribe to in ITunes.
Podcasts Foreign Language. Podcasts are a great way to bring language into your classroom. Buying an IPod (I have the third generation Nano which has video capacity) allows you to listen and view on the go. You can also hook your IPod to the TV with a special cord.
ITunes download – You can search for podcasts in the ITunes store.
Using Podcasts to Teach Languages
Joe Dale has imbedding a You Tube Video of using podcasts for language learning
Creating online surveys with analysis of the results. The free version allows you to see the results for only 10 days. 10 days are enough for my purposes.
SHARPENING THE SAW…
Ikeepbookmarks - My personal bookmarks. I have collected hundreds of sites useful to me. I can access my bookmarks from any computer and this has been a life saver for me!
Les Chevaliers du Château des Champions- My personal blog page. It is a work in progress!
Creative Lee- Organizational tips for creative (aka right brained) thinkers.
Motivation to move- Motivational forum and podcasts for all areas of life- Real motivation for your real life!
Carole Fredericks Foundation
The Foundation provides teachers with authentic French language materials and easy to use, classroom tested lesson plans and related methodologies that engage students, teach French language skills and promote the study of francophone cultures. Carole was an African American singer who was most famous by her recordings in
with Jean-Jacques Goldman and Michael Jones. She is my inspiration…
Voix de l'Espoir- Que Serai- Je Demain?
* Although this video was created after Carole's death, her distinctive voice is ever present in the song. There is a brief clip of Carole in this video.
A larger than life figure with a generous spirit, Carole was a performer who threw herself into her live performances body and soul. She liked nothing more than getting involved in fund-raising tours with singers and musician friends. Indeed, Carole was a regular at charity concerts organized by Restos du Cœur and Les Enfoirés. On March 8th (2001)... she brought the house down at “Voix de l’Espoir [Voices of Hope]” concert organized on International Women’s Day. Taking the stage at Club Med World in Paris with a host of other female singers including Princess Erika, Jocelyne Beroard, Rokia Traoré and Lââm, Carole helped to raise much needed funds for the construction of a Pan-African children’s hospital in Dakar [Senegal, West Africa].”
- Pierre Rene-Worms for rfi.fr