This week

This week I am planning on developing my use of Audioboo and she my recordings with my Year 9 French class. I really love the sound quality of the recordings and the fact that it’s so easy to record and share each Boo.

I am a bit late off the mark, it’s true, but I have started making interactive powerpoints for Year 9 too. This means they are working independently on all four skills and it’s based directly on the coursebook we are using (Clic!). They are great at bringing in their own earphones too. So, do we need a class set of good-quality headphones?

And lastly (and again) with Year 9 (I do teach other years but these guys seem to be getting all the techie stuff this week) I am asking them to write a dialogue using the language from the current unit – directions. Pretty mundane, or so it seems? To make it a lot more interesting, they are going to put the conversations they write into an animation, created using Domo.

I hope to reflect on how it all went at the end of the week. This blog really needs to start happening!

Getting Organised

This weekend I am focusing hard on being ready for my first couple of weeks at St Paul’s. Mainly I want to be set with a great introductory lesson so I am currently formulating resources and ideas to introduce the language, myself and the students. So far I have created a video with Animoto (I actually did this last year) on what studying a language says about you (not my idea, I just adapted an existing powerpoint) and set up some Wallwisher pages for students to introduce themselves. I am going to use this Prezi to introduce myself and my expectations for the students.

This is the crucial time to set the tone for the coming year and to start to build a positive relationship with my new students. My Latin catchphrase is: “Lingua Latina gaudium et utilis est!” French? I’m not sure yet. It’s going to be an exciting start to the year I think.