2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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New Challenges for 2014

I’m excited to have accepted the position as Head of Languages at a new school for 2014 and beyond. I will be leaving St Paul’s with a heavy heart to take on this new role at William Clarke College. I’m sure there will be many rewards and challenges as I step up into a leadership position and I can’t wait to get started! I have grown immensely as a teacher at St Paul’s and have undertaken many and varied projects apart from teaching French. I feel I am ready to see what’s round the next bend in the road – I’m sure you will hear all about it here on the blog as I take on the journey!


A bend in the road.

Making a Short Film with Year 9 French

This year, I teach a really lovely and motivated group of Year 9 students. I wanted to challenge them to create something a bit different this term, so I introduced them to the idea of competing in the MLTA NSW Linguafest competition. You have to create a 2 minute film on the theme of a journey that includes the number 9. I also added that they needed to incorporate our current sport topic too. They were very excited at the prospect of, if they are finalists, going on an excursion to NSW Parliament House to view the films, along with actually creating the movie of course!

As they are a small group of 16 students, they decided to work on one film as a big group. With a couple of strong leaders, they all soon got to work once we had decided who was doing what. One of the best aspects of the planning process has been their use of the tool Padlet. I used it to start with to encourage every member of the class to contribute to the initial brainstorm. Then they all continued to use it to post ideas and information as they worked together in the classroom. Padlet is a online noticeboard which allows anyone to put up a sticky note really easily. You can also group the posts to look like a blog or forum.

So, today we start filming which will be fun and hopefully it will bring all the ideas and planning together into a smooth running process! Once filming is complete, students can then start editing, adding music and subtitles and with any luck it will be finished before the 16 September when the films are due.