In June last year when I was just 3 months into motherhood and still getting used to having this huge new responsibility and struggling with lack of sleep, I had possibly the most exciting email I’ve ever received. A lovely lady called Hannah, commissioning editor for Bloomsbury Education, had seen my teaching ideas blog and asked if I’d be interested in writing a book for their 100 Ideas series. At first I thought it was a joke, I even checked Hannah’s LinkedIn to check she was real. This was crazy - writing a book was something I had dreamed about since I was a little girl, but I genuinely never thought I’d have the opportunity. (Fun fact: I also dreamed of becoming a popstar, but sadly no opportunities have arisen as of yet). Hannah was offering me the chance of writing a book about something I am truly passionate about. However, I very nearly turned down her offer and I took a few weeks to think about it.
Having gone from secondary school, to sixth form, to my undergrad degree, to my PGCE, to my first teaching job (and working all the summers in between), I was really looking forward to having a relatively stress free (as stress free as possible when you are raising a tiny human!) 9 months away from work – 9 months where I could focus all of my time and energy on my little boy without anything work related getting in the way. I love my career, but I know how easily teaching can take over your life and I was having the best time on maternity leave. I didn’t want this extra pressure to spoil the precious moments I had with my little one. But equally, in between the nursing and the nappy changes and being at his beck and call pretty much 24/7 this was a chance to do something for me - another thing to be proud of. And hopefully in a few years time when he is old enough to understand, George can be proud of his Mummy too. I knew if I turned it down I would regret it.
Also, if JK Rowling could write Harry-freaking-Potter, best book series of all time, (also published by Bloomsbury fyi) while being a single mum, then I could write mine. Not that I am comparing myself to JK Rowling because she is the Queen.
Luckily, I have a very supportive husband who took on more than his fair share of the house work and took George swimming on his own every Sunday to give me time to write. I somehow managed to write most of the book before returning to work part time in November. In March this year, just over a week before George’s first birthday and a few weeks before my 30th I finished it. I’m so excited for it to be released later this year and to get my hands on a copy!
I'm happy to announce that my book '100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding MFL Lessons' is due to be released in November this year, but it is available for pre-order now if you are interested in buying a copy.
I have put my heart and soul into this book and I could not even tell you the amount of time I've spent on it, so I really hope you like it.
If you've already pre-ordered a copy I'd love to hear from you. Just let me know in the comments section below, tweet me @morganmfl or message me on the MorganMFL Facebook page.
A collection of Spanish resources used over a couple of lessons with my top set Y7s.
-PowerPoint on Pets and Appearance
-Present Tense 5 Minute Challenge - Starter activity sheet
Students have to conjugate the verbs in 5 minutes
-Guided Writing / Comprehension sheet
Students read through the text and find the translations for the phrases at the side of their sheet.
Students translate the sentences and have the first letter of each word to help them.
-Retrieval Practice Starter
Students try to translate the phrases (vocabulary from last lesson/week/term) on the board and write these in English on their grids.
Print these out on A4 in colour and stick them up around the room before the lesson.
-Celebrity Vocab Hunt
Students have to walk around the room and find out the vocabulary for themselves (the underlined words on the Celeb Descriptions sheets) and write these in their grid, followed by a quick bit of pronunciation practice using the ppt.
-Listening File (transcript included)
Many thanks to my fab colleague, Vera for recording this for me! Students note down in English info about hair and eyes, plus any extra details.
-Detectives - Reading Exercise
Students read through the text and either highlight in different colours or copy the translations below next to the English.
Countdown timer downloaded from Tes
Tweet me @morganmfl or leave a comment below to let me know if you use the resources and find them useful - I love to read your comments. Feel free to share the resources with colleagues too.
I've been busy again making some GCSE French and Spanish resources for our Year 11s. These will be put up in the MFL corridor as a display and given out as a booklet to Year 11 parents at Parents Eve. These can all be downloaded below.
For some reason Weebly won't allow me to upload the Links sheets as PDFs, so I have had to upload them as Word documents - you may wish to download the fonts I have used from Dafont.
A huge thank you to Mrs Hollins for giving me the inspiration for the How to Revise MFL sheet, and kindly allowing me to share this.
We will be giving the revision schedule out to our Y11s and reminding them to revise little and often. I have added some suggestions of tasks they could complete when revising each of the topics. Feel free to adapt this to suit your students' needs.
Some more resources you may find useful:
- Year 11 Spanish Revision
- GCSE MFL AQA Spec Info Sheet
- Spanish Tenses Revision Quilt
- Emoji Mindmap
- French Tenses Revision
- Spanish Tenses Revision
- Spanish Vocab Revision Sheets
Hope this all helps!
Have a fantastic Christmas and a happy new year!
Click below the free download!
For those of you who don't know much about me I was a full-time teacher of MFL in Hampshire and I'm now over 2 months into my maternity leave. I absolutely love being a mum and spending time with my little man (even if it has made me all mushy!), but teaching is a big part of who I am, so I also love that I'm still able keep up to date with the latest ideas for teaching and MFL via Twitter and the #mfltwitterati. Over the past couple of months, when I haven't been too busy staring at my cute little newborn, I've had some time to gather lots of new ideas which I'm actually quite excited to try out when I return back to work after my maternity leave. Don't get me wrong, I am not dying to go back to work, but the excitement to experiment with these new ideas makes the return to school seem much less daunting!
One idea I'm looking forward to using is 'Thinking Quilts' which I believe is one of Karen Knight's ideas (Karen is a history teacher, but lots of her ideas could be adapted for other subjects! Follow her on Twitter @KKNTeachLearn). I've had a go at making my own version on the Spanish Tenses - this is free to download at the bottom of this blog post.
Miss Meyrick (@MissMeyMFL) is another teacher I really admire - she has shared lots of great ideas on her blog recently, so it's definitely worth checking this out if you haven't already! I can't wait to try out Live Writes and Speaking Ladders and I've already emailed these ideas to my Head of Department!
Hope you find this useful!
This was used with my top set Y9 Spanish group and they were asked to find examples of each in the text. I then gave them the blank version and asked them to plan what examples they were going to include in their own piece of writing.
I've done activities similar to this since then, but always try to stick to the same 8 images each time. They're familiar with these now and they're really good at knowing what to include to produce a successful piece of writing.
Hope you find this useful.
What do you do to prepare your GCSE students for a piece of writing? If you have any great ideas please let me know in the comments below.
Below you'll find some free Spanish resources for the Television topic. These were used over a few lessons with my Y9 top set.
Translations - TV Opinions
The translations sheets could be done as a 1 Pen 1 Die activity or just as a normal translation.
Reading - TV Viewing Habits
Students were asked to find the phrases in the text and highlight them.
Listening Gap Fill - TV Viewing Habits
This was recorded by my Spanish colleague, as I wanted it to be a nice challenge for them because they're not used to hearing her voice and she can obviously speak a lot faster than I can! I produced an easier one and a more challenging version - the only difference is the amount of words missing from the sheets. You will also find missing word help sheets below. My Y9s were really good and despite being offered the sheet, no-one actually used it.
I then asked them to work in groups to pick out what made it a successful text and they were able to recognise the different tenses etc.
Writing - TV Viewing Habits
I produced a 'Structure Strip' style sheet (credit to Stephen Lockyer - @ mrlockyer on Twitter - for the Structure Strip idea!!!) for them to do their writing on and used the same images I'd used previously to prompt them on what they should include (see my previous Writing Preparation blogpost for more information on this!).
I also gave them a Writing Support sheet just in case - again, they were really good and none of them used this!
Once they'd finished their piece of writing I asked them to peer assess their partner's work and fill in the section at the bottom of their sheet.
All resources are available for free download below.
Hope they're useful!
Next week I’ll be running a short CPD session for staff at my school on how teachers can use Twitter for their own CPD. Thanks to @BaystonLincs for the fantastic handout you shared with me on the Twitter basics!
I’ve also created this sheet with suggestions of people to follow for each department, as well as some hashtags to have a look at. Feel free to edit this as you wish and share with colleagues in your schools.
-This sheet is purely supposed to be a starting point for teachers at my school if they decide to join Twitter - I'm sure there are a lot of amazing educators I have missed off.
-Having missed a couple of subjects off previously I have edited and re-uploaded the sheet (see bottom of blog post).
-If there are other subjects that aren't on there, it's because we don't do them at my school...you're more than welcome to download it and edit it as you wish.
-I hadn't forgotten about Joe Dale - I had added him to the Twitter basics handout @BaystonLincs shared with me, as I feel it would be useful for any subject teacher to follow him. I haven't shared this other handout as it isn't mine to share. I have, however, now added Joe to the sheet below as well.
If anyone has any good suggestions of other teachers to follow (for any subject) please let me know. I’m an MFL teacher so I found it quite a challenge finding tweachers of some other subjects!
Guardian Article: Why Join Twitter
A Teacher's Guide to Staying Safe on Twitter
Useful Hashtags for Educators
YouTube Video - Teacher Twitter CPD
Yorkshire lass living down South || Part-time teacher of MFL || Proud wife, and mummy of the best boy || Sharing MFL teaching ideas and resources || Creator of @morganmfl || Author of 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding MFL Lessons.