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Linda Keeler Locker
Flexible Seating

Why I chose and continue to choose flexible seating?

 

1- Moving to the D-building offered an opportunity to try something new.

2- I wanted all students to see me and have a clear view of the board and I wanted to be able to see all students.

3- The traditional desks are not the most comfortable for many students.

4- Asking students to choose where they work and with whom encourages them to reflect on how they learn best. 

5- By taking turns in different locations and with different seating options, students get to know their classmates and build a sense of community.

6- Having a sense of community allows students to take academic risks, make mistakes, and grow ... and encourage their fellow students to do the same. 

7- Students appreciate their responsibility for maintaining this shared space. 

8- A variety of seating arrangements that can be rearranged and moved easily to meet the instructional needs of the day.

 

 

 

 

For more information on flexible seating, copy and paste these addresses into your browser:

 

https://infograph.venngage.com/p/226127/6-benefits-of-flexible-seating

http://neatoday.org/2016/09/23/ditching-classroom-desks/ 

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/bp/documents/bestpracticeflex.pdf  (page 2) 

https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/flexible-classroom/   

 

Linda Keeler

VERBS

Still struggling conjugating in the present tense... click on the links below to go to youtube videos that will review them with you. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJPR-Jpzihs (ETRE)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxEL88-M-QA (AVOIR)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x08g66Xzdn0 (ALLER)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2rCZaTcPcQ&t=117s (FAIRE)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyOgGCWD9Hg (PRENDRE)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW9nwgxzulk  (POUVOIR)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC_zYqoZC4U (VOIR)

 

AND JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT.... HOW TO SOUND FRENCH WITH 4 SIMPLE SOUNDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-N9OG6foHU

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous ways to have fun with French and Improve Skills

MUSIC

NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES

APPS & Online Games that use French

 

Online audio books

  • www.litteratureaudio.com/  

  • www.audiocite.net

  • https://archive.org/details/AuFilDesLectures

  • Spotify,  search "guide audio" and you will find CitySpeaker, also search under iaudioguide for version française

 

REFERENCE:

Français avec Pierre

Français avec Pierre

 

YouTube videos which explain how to speak and write in French. Series includes:

 

  • common errors when speaking French: https://youtu.be/oe9SC6rnpYg 
  • pronunciation-when to pronounce the final consonant and when to keep it silent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg4jxisSRUc 
How to type accents in WORD
Verbs to Know
What is PARTICIPATION?

Good participation looks like:

  • Raising your hand to answer a question, add a comment, provide insight (even if it is wrong!)
  • Working on whatever work is assigned
  • Asking for clarification if you don't understand something or if you don't understand the instructions
  • Encouraging classmates
  • Encouraging the good behavior of classmates

Good participation doesn't look like:

  • Texting, checking your phone, listening to music 
  • Talking with your neighbor
  • Sitting idle (because you were talking and missed the instructions/didn't understand the instruction)
  • Taking 5 minutes to find paper/pencils, take out a resource, open a book etc.
  • Negative comments about yourself or others.
6 research-based learning strategies to help you STUDY

 1. Spaced Practice: Space out your studying over time.

Far too many students wait until the night before a test to study for it and it appears they have learned the material. But a few weeks later, most of that information has vanished from students’ minds. For more durable learning, the studying has to take place in smaller chunks over time.

Create a studying calendar to plan out how you will review chunks of content. Plan to include current concepts AND previously learned material.

 

2. Retrieval Practice: Practice bringing information to mind without the help of materials.

Many people think of “studying” as simply re-reading notes, textbooks, or other materials. But having the information right in front of us doesn’t force us to retrieve it from memory; instead, it allows us to trick ourselves into thinking we know something. Recalling information without supporting materials helps us learn it much more effectively.

Put your class materials away, and then write out, sketch, explain, or teach a friend or a pet or even an inanimate object everything you know and try to be as thorough as possible, and then check your materials for accuracy.

 

3. Elaboration: Explain and describe ideas with many details.

This method asks students to go beyond simple recall of information and start making connections within the content. Students should ask themselves open-ended questions about the material, answer in as much detail as possible, and then check the materials to make sure their understanding is correct.

 

4. Interleaving: Switch between ideas while you study.

We will actually learn more effectively if we mix our skills. instead of studying all the verbs in a row, mix them up with vocabulary, spelling, cultural knowledge, etc. While actually harder and being more likely to get things wrong, you will be learning how to choose a particular strategy and change your mindset. 

 

5. Concrete Examples: Use specific examples to understand abstract ideas.

Continue to think up concrete examples of a concept when you study.

 

6. Dual Coding: Combine words and visuals (and sounds).

When studying, come up with a visual and sound that helps make the information make sense to you. Remember to include diagramming, sketching, and creating graphic organizers and say the answers out loud when studying at home.

 

Adapted from The Learning Scientists (Yana Weinstein and Megan Smith) 

Why Study French?

Learning French can majorly boost anyone’s professional worth. Spoken by more than 290 million people worldwide,  French has truly become a global language. It is the official language  of 29 countries including France, Canada, Switzerland, Monaco,  Luxembourg, Senegal, Côte d’IvoireHaiti, Belgium, Rwanda, Togo, Mali and more.
France dominates in pharmaceuticals,  telecommunications, aeronautics, energy production, and more. In  addition, with global initiatives to promote development in impoverished  areas of Africa, French is key. Many countries throughout North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa and East Africa have French as one of the official languages. Being able to communicate  in French can land you consultant, non-profit, administration, and tons  of other jobs.
French is also the official language of NATO, the United Nations, the Olympics, the Red Cross, and other  international organizations. speaking French gives you an edge over other jobseekers.  

 

....best internet response I've seen yet that answers the age-old question, "which language should I learn?"

 

I would also add that c'est une belle langue et nous nous amusons en classe!