Ya Sabes - March 2020

Spanish Newsletter
03-01-2020  Grading, Teacher Resources, All News, The Wayside Way, Interculturality, Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter
Getting started with proficiency-based grading, creating diverse language programs, and free downloads for your classroom.  Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter
 


Ya sabes

Bold ideas and practical resources for your classroom

Welcome to the latest issue of Ya sabes, your go-to source for everything you need to take your Spanish instruction to the next level. In this issue: 

  • How to get started with proficiency-based grading
  • Take a look inside creating a truly diverse language program
  • Support all students in your classroom with our free downloads

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¡Felicidades!


Getting started with proficiency-based grading

 

In our three-part series on the Proficiency Talks blog, Instructional Strategist Cristin Bleess takes a look at the nuts and bolts of transforming your grade book.

In Part I she explores the shift in her thinking from a number-based grade book to one that truly captures her students' abilities. In Part II she gives practical advice for making the switch. And in the last installment she shares the 6 dos and don'ts of a proficiency-driven grade book.


'Inclusion is not just checking off boxes' 

 

What makes a language program truly inclusive? How can we ensure that all students feel represented? How do we keep an open conversation with teachers to learn about the ever-shifting landscapes of their classroom? These are some of the questions we wrestle with in a recent Proficiency Talks blog post.  We give you an insider's look at what goes into making sure that our world language programs represent and speak to all students in your classroom.


Free downloads to support all students 

 

Take a peek at some of the free proficiency-driven supporting materials we offer to make your life in the classroom easier. 

  • Classroom expressions handout in Spanish and French to help keep your students in the target language
  • Free lesson plans (in Spanish and French)
  • 5 reasons to teach for proficiency—a free download to make the case for proficiency-driven instruction.
  • Strategies for supporting heritage learners
  • Tips on integrating differentiated instruction
  • How to cultivate interculturality in your classroom



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Language Advocacy Day 2020

02-03-2020  All News, The Wayside Way, Interculturality
Join us for Language Advocacy Day and speak up for language education in your community Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter


The first steps to becoming a language advocate

Hi educators,

We are excited to once again sponsor Language Advocacy Day 2020. Organized by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), Language Advocacy Day (LAD) is part "lobby-day" and part full-day policy forum that brings together national representatives concerned about the state of language learning in the U.S.

Want to get involved? Watch this brief video with JNCL Managing Director Trey Calvin on how to take the first steps towards becoming a language advocate. Then download our handy guide to some of the easy things you can do right now to advocate for access to language education.

Can't make it to LAD this year? Follow us on Twitter February 6-7 to get an insider's look at the events of the day and to see how teachers across the country #speakupforlanguages.

Show your advocacy colors

Show your commitment to language advocacy by adding a Speak Up badge to your Facebook profile. Visit the Wayside page or search for Speak Up for Languages here.


'Inclusion is not just checking off boxes'

What makes a language program truly inclusive? How can we ensure that all students feel represented? How do we keep an open conversation with teachers to learn about the ever-shifting landscapes of their classroom? These are some of the questions we wrestle with in our latest Proficiency Talks blog post and we give you an insider's look at what goes into making sure that our world language programs represent and speak to all students in your classroom.

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Best Blogs of 2019

12-31-2019  All News, Featured Post, The Wayside Way, Teacher Resources, Authentic Resources
Start off 2020 with ideas on how to refresh and renew your teaching from some of our most popular bloggers.  Subscribe to the Wayside blog

The best tips & ideas for your classroom

Hi educators,

Revisit some of our most popular blog posts from this past year and get tips & ideas that will help you refresh and renew your teaching practice in 2020. 

4 steps for refreshing your teaching & starting strong in 2020
By Elena Spathis
Teaching often seems like running a marathon—we train and prepare, we push ourselves, and we keep going no matter what the circumstances. Reaching the end-of-year “finish line” to winter break gives us the opportunity to pause, reflect, and recharge.

The power of authentic resources
By Ed Weiss
When there is a real task involving real materials for a real purpose, students discover the purpose and need for learning a language and subsequently staying with that language throughout their secondary years. 

Helping students overcome their fear of mistakes
By Elena Spathis
In order to see our students really use the language successfully and authentically, we must encourage risk-taking in our world language classrooms. 

Activities that help create a safe classroom space
By Angelika Becker
Investing the time early in the school year fosters a sense of community that helps with partner and group activities throughout the school year.

How fewer, intentional goals will make you a happier, better language teacher
By Meredith White
Less guilt, less stress, less sense of imposter syndrome, less to keep track of —fewer goals that are more specific and intentional end up being less to keep track of and think about.


Happy New Year and Happy Teaching,

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Ya Sabes - October 2019

Spanish Newsletter
10-10-2019  All News, Teacher Resources, Learning Site, New Products, Heritage Language Learners, Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter
Authentic activities for Hispanic Heritage Month, explore a new resource for your pre-AP® students, speak up for languages, and more Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter

Ya sabes

Bold ideas and practical resources for your Spanish classroom


Hi educators,

Welcome to this month's edition of Ya sabes, your go-to source for everything you need to take your Spanish instruction to the next level. In this issue:
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with authentic activities
  • Explore a new resource for your pre-AP® students
  • Speak up for languages
  • Get the latest news about Spanish culture and language
  • Watch a video about our new proficiency trackers

What would you like to read about? We'd love to hear from you


¡Felicidades!


 

Beyond the piñatas

 

Spanish teacher and #langchat cofounder Diego Ojeda takes a hard look at Hispanic Heritage Month. In his latest post on our blog, he encourages us to do better and move beyond tacos and fiestas. 



 

A new resource for your pre-AP® students

The latest addition to our popular Spanish series, EntreCulturas 4 is filled with AP®-style tasks, practice exams, and simulated conversations for practicing interpersonal communications—all designed for the intermediate-mid to intermediate-high level learner.

EntreCulturas 4 will be available in 2020, but you can sample the first unit now! 


Your story matters

You can help make a difference in language education! We are collecting stories from teachers like you who are on the front lines of teaching the next generation of global citizens. Tell us how and why you became a language teacher, or about the role languages play in your life, and become a part of community of language advocates.


Últimas noticias

The latest news about Spanish language and culture

OPINION: Foreign languages should be respected not feared 

With over 350 languages spoken in the United States alone, Lauren Briggs makes the case for bilingualism as a means of connecting and understanding.  

Spanish edition of ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ out next month 

Delia Owens’ highly acclaimed coming-of-age story, “Where the Crawdads Sing”, hits shelves next month in a Spanish-language edition. 

A good Spanish teacher will help kids lean into a rich culture 

Columnist Emily Parnell reflects on how Spanish class took her on a voyage to new cultures.  

Proficiency trackers

Help your students track their growth and their performance toward proficiency with our new proficiency trackers, now available on the Learning Site. Download and print from the Learning Site or assign online for each unit and for the entire year. 

If you are an EntreCulturas pro, find these under the Content tab in the Proficiency Resources folder on the Learning Site. Here's a quick tutorial to walk you through the steps. 


 

Haven’t implemented EntreCulturas yet? Request a sample now and see everything our Learning Site has to offer. 

 
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New on the Learning Site: Proficiency trackers

09-26-2019  All News, Featured Post, Teacher Resources

Help your students track their growth and their performance towards proficiency with these new proficiency trackers, now available on our Learning Site. Available for both our Spanish series EntreCulturas, and our French series EntreCultures, you can use the trackers by downloading and printing them from the Learning Site or assign them online for each unit and for the entire year. 

If you are a Learning Site pro, find these under the Content tab of your course for EntreCulturas and EntreCultures, in the Proficiency Resources.

Not familiar with our Learning Site yet? Request a sample now and see everything we have to offer. 

Watch this brief tutorial on how to find and use this new tool: