Ya Sabes - September 2021

Five ideas to start your year right
09-14-2021 

Exploring the complexities of Hispanic culture in the US

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Ya Sabes

Bold Ideas and Practical Resources for Your Spanish Language Classroom

 

Hello educators,

 

Welcome to another year of Ya Sabes, Wayside’s newsletter for Spanish language teachers.

We have spoken to many of you who are very excited to be back in the classroom full-time with your students again. Sure, there will be challenges, but teachers are energized by students, and being back with them feels, well, right. Wayside is here to support you as you resume your journey by providing relevant and timely resources – because we are rooting for your success.

 

In this issue, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month:

 

  • Incorporate Afro-Latino culture into your classroom

  • Turn Hispanic Heritage Month on its head

  • Teach Spanish literature utilizing Choice Boards

  • Lend us your ears

  • Learn about Learning Site® supports to start your year

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

¡Felicidades!

 

National Teach Spanish Week

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) has extended National Teach Spanish Day to an entire week of activities and opportunities for connection, from September 26 to October 3, 2021. The purpose of National Teach Spanish Week is:

 

  • To promote the teaching of Spanish as a profession
  • To call attention to the current Spanish teacher shortage in the US
  • To emphasize the importance of Spanish as a world language


Join in to share a tip or video, apply for a professional development scholarship, or register for the upcoming webinar, “Incorporating Afro-Latino Culture in Spanish and Portuguese Classrooms,” held on Wednesday, September 29 at 7 PM, EDT.

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A New Way to Teach About Hispanic Heritage Month

New on the Proficiency Talks Blog: From piñatas to the sharing of food, school districts around the country use Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the cultural distinctions that make up the Hispanic-American community in the United States. Diego Ojeda, world language presenter, Spanish teacher, and co-founder of Twitter channel #langchat, shares an interesting perspective on how to teach Hispanic heritage in Wayside’s newest blog post, “We Cannot Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Without Celebrating Immigrants.” Rather than focusing on celebrations and celebrities, Ojeda contends that we should focus on humanizing Hispanic immigrants in the US.

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New Paths to Learning Spanish Literature in the Classroom with Choice Boards

Are you preparing students for success in the AP® Spanish Literature and Culture Course? Are you currently using Wayside's Azulejo? We thought you might be interested in learning about Choice Boards.

 

In her article in The FLTMAG, educator and author Dr. Kathleen M. Scollins describes how she uses Choice Boards. Also known as Learning Menus, Choice Boards consist of “a grid presenting a visually organized set of activities, from which students select one or more to complete. They can be used in a variety of learning contexts, both in and out of class time, from structuring small-group discussion to assigning projects for students to work on independently."

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New! Language Lounge Podcast

Wayside has just launched a new podcast series, Language Lounge, for world language educators!

Each week Michelle Olah talks with intentional world language educators to discuss professional development, teaching techniques, and insights into teaching and learning world languages.

In a recent episode, Michelle chats with 2019 ACTFL teacher of the year, Rebecca Aubrey. Rebecca talks about some of the important ideas that she is thinking about as she redesigns her Spanish curriculum from scratch - including incorporating trauma-informed instruction, being more culturally responsive, and ways to make language learning accessible to ALL learners.

Listen to Language Lounge on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify.

Also follow Language Lounge on Twitter for the latest episodes, updates, and behind-the-scenes features.

 
 

Learning Site® Lab Webinars to Start Your Year Right

Learning Site® Lab: Integrations & iOS App is a complimentary webinar series brought to you by Wayside. Learn best practices for digital learning, as Instructional Technologists walk you through how the Learning Site® integrates with Canvas, Schoology, and Google Classroom. Also, discover the features and functions of the Learning Site® and the iOS app. Feel free to register for any that are relevant to you!

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Totidem Verbis - August 2021

Insights From Leaders, Insiders, And Your Peers
08-27-2021 

Starting back and moving forward

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Totidem verbis

Bold ideas and practical resources for your Latin classroom

 

Hello educator,

 

We hope this newsletter finds you rested, refreshed, and ready for the school year ahead! For this edition of Totidem Verbis, we chose helpful and engaging resources to help ease your transition back. Whether you have already started your year or still have a few weeks to go, sit back and enjoy this selection, curated just for you.

In this issue:

 

  • GAINING insights into Latin Imperial power
  • LEVELING the playing field
  • GIVING your students some CRED
  • BEING kind to the most important person in the world - you!
  • EXPLORING Learning Site® enhancements created with you in mind

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

 

Beatus doctrina,

 

Imperial Power in the Latin World Lecture Series

Anthony Smart, lecturer of Ancient & Medieval History at York St. John University, York, England, has organized a lectures series about the complexities of Imperial power in the Latin world. Designed for students who might be new to Classics and Ancient History, the lectures range from Augustus and Nero to soldiers and barbarians. They are bite-sized, too, running from twenty minutes to an hour, perfect for a classroom activity or homework assignment. While the series began in July, all past lectures are on YouTube. Click here for the descriptions and links.

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Language Levels the Playing Field

If you have not tuned into the podcast It’s About Language, we suggest you explore the diverse conversations between “leaders in the humanities and sciences, business, and social outreach” and host Norah L. Jones. The most recent episode’s guest is none other than Wayside’s Jen Carson! From lawyer to French and Spanish teacher to author and leader in the world language field, Jen has had a varied but intentional career path. Nowadays, one of Jen’s roles is as curriculum coordinator for Wayside, guiding teams of authors as they collaboratively develop online and print resources.

 

In their conversation, Jen explains how language levels the playing field. She explores how her role as a lawyer helped her see world language acquisition as a social justice issue because “everyone deserves respect and access to the world. World language classes are where cultural sensitivity and global competence are cultivated.”

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YCRED is InCREDible!

Youth C.R.E.D is a free, international, one-day virtual event designed for teen world language learners. The focus of YCRED is to help learners:

  • Develop strategies to continue language learning and become credentialed
  • Leverage their language learning for college and job opportunities
  • Link to college language departments as well as others around the world for bilingual conversations

To find out more, mosey on over to the YCRED site. Registration is quick, easy, and free!

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Being Kind to Yourself

5 Tips For Setting Boundaries This School Year

We all know one of the hallmarks of being a good teacher is setting and holding boundaries for our students, in and out of the classroom. But after more than a year of upheaval and uncertainty, perhaps it's time we look at those we set for ourselves. Elena Spathis writes in her newest blog post, “5 Tips For Setting Boundaries This School Year.” The good news is they all involve being kind to yourself!

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Lessons Learned from Hybrid and Remote Teaching

If you were a teacher last year, you know how confusing, exhausting, and all-around challenging of a year it was. In her newest blog post, “Lessons Learned,” teacher and writer Elena Spathis shares her takeaways from the lessons she learned as a teacher over the past year. Her insights (#1 is Let it go!) are perfect for all teachers heading into this next school year, so do yourself a favor and take a look!

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The Learning Site® Spotlight

New Features and Enhancements: Wayside continually strives to enhance our user experience with the Learning Site®. Simplified intuitive enrollment and a new search bar in Explorer® are just two of the new features and enhancements. View our 11.1 Learning Site® Update video to see all of them – you will be thrilled!

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A Propos - August 2021

French Newsletter
08-26-2021 

Supporting Your Learners, In And Out Of The Classroom

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À Propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom

Hello educators,

 

We hope this newsletter finds you rested and refreshed, as you inch closer to the start of the new school year. For this edition of À Propos, we chose to find fun and engaging resources you can add to your bag of tricks, to help ease your transition back. Whether you have already started your year or still have a few weeks to go, sit back and enjoy this selection, curated just for you!

 

  • LEVELING the playing field

  • GIVING your students some CRED

  • INCORPORATING SEL and forgiveness in the classroom

  • FLASH(card)ING your learners

  • EXPLORING Learning Site® enhancements created with you in mind

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

Bon cours,

 

Language Levels the Playing Field

If you have not tuned into the podcast It’s About Language, we suggest you explore the diverse conversations between “leaders in the humanities and sciences, business, and social outreach” and host Norah L. Jones. The most recent episode’s guest is none other than Wayside’s Jen Carson! From lawyer to French and Spanish teacher to author and leader in the world language field, Jen has had a varied but intentional career path. Nowadays, one of Jen’s roles is as curriculum coordinator for Wayside, guiding teams of authors as they collaboratively develop online and print resources.

 

In their conversation, Jen explains how language levels the playing field. She explores how her role as a lawyer helped her see world language acquisition as a social justice issue because “everyone deserves respect and access to the world. World language classes are where cultural sensitivity and global competence are cultivated.”

Listen
 

YCRED is InCREDible!

Youth C.R.E.D is a free, international, one-day virtual event designed for teen world language learners. The focus of YCRED is to help learners:

  • Develop strategies to continue language learning and become credentialed
  • Leverage their language learning for college and job opportunities
  • Link to college language departments as well as others around the world for bilingual conversations

To find out more, mosey on over to the YCRED site. Registration is quick, easy, and free!

Register
 

Supporting Your Learners and Yourself

Have a SEL-tastic Year! The 2021-22 school year SEL Showcase Challenge

Research indicates that when we teach learners to name and develop SEL skills, those skills can be used in any setting, in or out of school. In this blog post, Wayside's Stefanie Millette discusses the 2021-2022 school year SEL Showcase Challenge, as well as Wayside’s resources for learning about and incorporating SEL in the language classroom. Do your learners a favor, and check it out!

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Lessons Learned from Hybrid and Remote Teaching

If you were a teacher last year, you know how confusing, exhausting, and all-around challenging of a year it was. In her newest blog post, “Lessons Learned,” teacher and writer Elena Spathis shares her take-aways on the lessons she learned as a teacher over the past year. Her insights (#1 is Let it go!) are perfect for all teachers heading into this next school year, so do yourself a favor and take a look!

Read
 

Picture Flashcards? You Don’t Say!

You have been asking for them, and now you have them – picture flashcards that align with the vocabulary in the "Comment dit-on?" sections of each unit! Look for them in the "Ressources" folder in Explorer®. Guess what? You will also find a teacher’s guide with tips and comprehensible-input activity ideas! Anybody up for some flashcard bingo?

 

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Ya Sabes - July 2021

Spanish Newsletter
07-08-2021 

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Kick back and relax

 
 

Art by Hamadi Sanchez

Ya Sabes

Bold Ideas and Practical Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Hi educators,

 

We hope you are reading this while sitting by a pool, or while enjoying a bit of air conditioning as you rest on a comfy couch. Our aim in this summer edition of Ya Sabes is to give you ideas to tuck away for when you start thinking about next year’s lesson plans. So, read, learn, and then save for later. For now, kick back and relax!

Each day, the Wayside Team works to create tools and resources to support your proficiency journey. In this issue:

 

  • Enjoy Latino Film School Shorts

  • Learn tricks for using the Learning Site®

  • Discover a band with a powerful voice

  • Read one teacher’s pandemic-year take-away

  • Locate the bees and the butterflies with new E-courses

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

¡Felicidades!

 

Film School Shorts Celebrating Latino Heritage

PBS has a long history of telling stories from varied perspectives, with the goal of enriching viewers' lives. This mission continues with the presentation of Film School Shorts, a series showcasing projects by young filmmakers. The Latino Heritage Collection includes five film shorts by Latino filmmakers or about Latino culture, and we have added one more because it belongs in this collection. So, grab your popcorn, find a comfy spot, and enjoy their fresh takes.

La Graduacion

9m 33s

Expiration Date

4m 29s

Dia de los Muertos

3m 29s

We are the Immigrants

6m 38s

A Doctor's Job

9m 59s

Dios Nunca Muere

13m 30s

 

Let's Learn About the Learning Site®

Wayside’s Learning Site® is an amazing tool for educators, whether you are teaching in the classroom or from home. But sometimes, you just do not know how to use a certain feature, and you may not even know where to get help. Fortunately, we have you covered! Did you know there are tutorials specifically for teachers and for students? You can find them in any of your Explorer® courses and on our YouTube page. And if you have suggestions for other tutorials you would like to see, please hit us up here!

LS Teacher Tutorials
LS Student Tutorials
 

Diggin' the Beats - ChocQuibTown!

There is so much great music in the world, but it is not very often that you hear of a Columbian Afro-Caribbean hip hop, reggae, pop group with such a positive message and eclectic discography. The bouncy beats and fun tunes have made ChocQuibTown an internationally known group you can feel good about turning your students on to. To get a sense of their style, check out their Tiny Desk Concert, on NPR.org.

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Lessons Learned from Hybrid and Remote Teaching

New on the Proficiency Talks Blog: Elena Spathis explores both the challenges and rewards of the profoundly exhausting and confusing pandemic school year in her newest blog post Lessons Learned from Hybrid and Remote Teaching. Though she acknowledges the difficulties, she has learned lessons from which we can all benefit. To read all of her blog posts and those by all of our bloggers, subscribe here!

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New E-course Titles from Fluency Matters

Papálotl

Monarch butterflies migrate as far as 3,000 miles each year! Is it just ‘instinct’ that drives these small and delicate creatures to fly from the U.S. and Canada to Michoacán, México? Is it a mere coincidence that millions of butterflies return to Michoacán, or is there another force that drives them to arrive… just in time for the Day of the Dead? As Teresa and her grandmother prepare the family’s altar to honor their Mazahua ancestors, Teresa discovers an incredible secret.

Papálotl E-course

Abejas exploradoras

Explorer bees, Gabriela and Isabela, generally do typical chores… until one day, the Queen Bee sends for them! The queen has a special job for Gabriela and Isabela, and the future of the bee colony depends on them. With enemies in their path and unpredictable obstacles along the way, they fearlessly attempt to fulfill the queen’s request and face an even greater challenge: do they stop to save someone who almost undermined their success and the entire future of their colony?

Abejas E-course
 


Wayside News - June 2021

06-16-2021  All News, Learning Site

Ideas to foster social justice learning

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Proficiency Insider

Bold ideas and practical resources for your language classroom

Hello educators,

 

Equity, inclusion, opportunity. As a company, Wayside strives to advance these conditions in the workplace, in the classroom, and in our communities. Our mission of fostering communication and understanding across borders is not limited to world cultures. The Proficiency Insider offers you resources to explore social justice themes – by yourself, and with your students. In this issue:

 

  • CONSIDER - inquiry-based social justice learning

  • BROADEN - your students' horizons with activities and videos

  • EXPLORE - some important new Learning Site® classroom resources

  • TAKE - a free test drive

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

Happy teaching!

 

Inquiry-based Social Justice Learning

It can be daunting to figure out how to include social justice themes in the classroom. These are important topics, and you want to give them the attention they merit, but how does one begin? Learning by Inquiry is a website devoted to inquiry-based learning, with articles and activities on all sorts of subjects. The article Using Inquiry to Teach Social Justice in the Classroom discusses ways to incorporate inquiry-based social justice learning and provides practical resources to help you get started.

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Incorporating Social Justice Activities in the Classroom

Talking to a more experienced colleague is a great way to find classroom resources. It might be a bit more challenging to find a teacher with extensive experience teaching about social justice, so we found one for you! If you are a member of ACTFL, check out the webinar One Classroom, Many Experiences: Incorporating Social Justice into the World Language Classroom, hosted by Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither. And if you are not yet an ACTFL member, her webinar alone is enough reason to join! Dr. Hines-Gaither’s webinar provides insight into topics like global racism, feminism, culture, and slavery. It is well worth your time to view.

In case you are not able to access Dr. Hines-Gaither’s webinar, here are some resources she references:

  • Circles of My Multicultural Self, from the Critical Multicultural Pavilion, is a great activity to foster learners’ awareness of what they consider the most important aspects of themselves.
  • Trevor Noah has been a guest on The Daily Show, and his segment, Spot the Africa, challenges preconceived notions about Africa and the United States. It is a great discussion opener for more mature students.
  • Harvard University’s Project Implicit helps users explore their hidden biases relating to political parties, race, class, gender, and others.
  • A beautiful film entitled They Are We tells of a family torn apart by the transatlantic slave trade who are unexpectedly reunited 170 years later.
 

 

Social Justice Correlations: Today’s students are more aware than ever of the people and events of the larger world. And you understand the value of including real-life themes, including social justice, as a component of your lessons. We agree! Wayside has published social justice correlations for the EntreCulturas and EntreCultures series. They are located in Explorer® in the Teacher Resource folders.

EntreCulturas Social Justice Correlation

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EntreCultures Social Justice Correlation

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Social-Emotional Learning Correlations: Social justice and social and emotional learning (SEL) go hand in hand. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) conducts research and analysis on SEL educational needs in the classroom and has developed conclusions and recommendations for supporting transformative SEL.

 

Wayside has just published CASEL 5 SEL correlations for our EntreCulturas and EntreCultures series. They are located in Explorer® in the Teacher Resource folders. Use them in conjunction with, or separately from, the Wayside Social Justice correlations, for a truly transformative classroom experience!

 

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