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
My bottom sets really struggle with vocabulary tests and I think part of the problem may be that a lot of them either don't know how to revise or they think it's enough to just stare at the words (as well as other factors!), so I thought I'd come up with a 'Guided Vocabulary Revision' sheet for my Y8 group's test next week (see bottom of the post).
I trialled something similar to this with some of my classes last year and it worked really well...
Year 7 Group
Previous Vocabulary Test:
27% of students achieved at least 6/10
Test After Revision sheet:
39% of students achieved 10/10
100% of students achieved at least 6/10
100% of students made progress
Year 10 Group
Previous vocabulary test:
64% of students achieved 10/10
Test After Revision Sheet:
91% of students achieved 10/10
The remaining 9% of students did not complete the Vocabulary Revision sheet
With one of my current groups I'm trialling something similar, however this time I'm expecting them to do a 5 minute exercise a day over the next week (5-A-Day Spanish) instead of leaving it all until the last minute. I've also copied the vocabulary over to Memrise for those who are still struggling with the vocabulary after completing the sheet.
The sheet is free to download is at the bottom of this post. Hope it's useful!
Let me know if you do anything similar (or have any better ideas!) with your students.
Thank you to Melanie Smith at Southampton University for inviting me in to talk to the trainees.
Below you can find the PowerPoint (including useful links) and hand-out from this session.
I hope you find them useful! Any questions, just ask :)
This is an idea I've seen on Twitter a few times, but I'm unsure whose idea it was originally, so I don't know who to credit / thank. If you know whose idea it is please let me know!
I tried this with both of my Year 9 classes the first lesson back after the 6 week holiday. I just gave them the emoji mind map (just an image copied from Google onto a Word doc, nothing fancy really - download below). I then gave them about 15-20 minutes to annotate the page with as many words or phrases as they could remember in the TL completely from memory. I told them this was their opportunity to really show off what they know and encouraged them to use tenses, opinions etc. where possible. It's a great way to get to know a new class and my students seemed to really get stuck into it. I'm sure they would have written even more, had I given them more time. I then collected them in and highlighted any errors as per our department policy. It was really interesting seeing what they could come up with after a 6 week break and I was impressed by their responses!
By the way, I recently shared the above images on Twitter, my Facebook page and the fantastic Global Innovative Language Teachers group on Facebook. I said I would send it to anyone who sent me their email address. I have had a crazy amount of responses and it would take me so long to email you all, so I thought I'd save myself a bit of time by putting it on here instead. Apologies to anyone who sent me their email address!
UPDATE: Many thanks to Betty who spotted a mistake on the French version (I'd left estupendo on there when translating from Spanish - oops!). I've corrected this now and re-uploaded.
Thank you to Karen Knight (@KKNTeachLearn) and Kate Wood (@klbwood) for sharing this idea on Twitter!
I'm going to trial this in my classroom from September. If a student is particularly proud of a piece of work they've done they can attach a peg to their work and (if I think it merits it) I'll take a photo and send it home via a quick positive email and / or upload it to our school's MFL Department Twitter page. The idea is that it will encourage students to take a bit more pride in their work, they'll want to show it off and hopefully their presentation of work will improve. Fingers crossed!
Also, the pretty font at the top is from DaFont - thank you to Jamie Johnson (@MissJDA24) for sharing this site with me!
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