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Watch what EntreCulturas can do! In this brief video, authors and teachers talk about our groundbreaking Spanish language program. See how can do statements help teachers think about student performance in a new way and help students focus on what they can do with the language right from the beginning. EntreCulturas leads with culture, which helps students engage in language learning as they find themselves pushed to communicate on an authentic level.
What is interculturality? How do you maximize the impact of authentic resources? How exactly do you teach grammar in context?
Our Proficiency Talks sessions during ACTFL 2018 will provide you with answers and you will walk away with ready-to-implement strategies for your classroom. You can also find out about our latest products, including the only truly proficiency-drive French language program, EntreCultures, as well as the new edition of the respected AP Spanish bible, Triangulo.
Download the full list of sessions here.
Stop by booth #1137 on Friday and Saturday for quick demos on can-do statements and the power of self-assessment (Friday at 10:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m.) and on how to leverage technology to teach grammar in context (Saturday at 10:30 and 10:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m.)
Attending a large conference can be overwhelming. So many sessions! So many exhibitors! So many new people to meet! To help you out, we collected five great tips from our instructional strategists. Deborah Espitia, Cristin Bleess, and Jay Ketner are veteran conference-goers and know how to get the most PD bang out of a large event like ACTFL.
Have a plan
The more planning you do ahead of time, the better off you will be once you get to the conference. It’s a good time to decide: do you want to go narrow and deep on one or two topics, or wide and varied on many? Focus your attention on what you want to learn and base it on the direction you are going with your teaching. Take the time to really study the program (it’s available online weeks ahead of the event) and figure out which sessions will fill your needs.
Pro tip: Download the ACTFL 2018 App and build your schedule there. Remember, if you build your schedule through a web browser, you’ll have to recreate it on the app, so why not just use the app to start with?
One of the best ways to start ACTFL is to attend the orientation session for first-time attendees early Friday morning. Then stay for the ACTFL Opening General Session with the featured keynote and the announcement of the Language Teacher of the Year. It’s an inspiring and energizing way to kick off your conference experience.
Pro tip: Be sure to attend sessions by the current and former Teacher of Year winners, as well as the “best of” sessions from regional conferences.
Just think—all of these people who attend sessions with you or wander the exhibit hall around you are there for the same reason: to learn to become better language teachers. So don’t be shy to strike up conversations during sessions, breaks, or at various other events during ACTFL. Make connections that will help you become a better teacher. Stay connected after the conference on Twitter or via email. This is a great time to build an online professional learning community.
Pro tip: Have business cards handy for networking purposes. No cards? Take a picture of your new friend's name badge so you can look each other up later.
Don’t skip the exhibit hall
Be sure to spend some time in the exhibit hall. People at the booths will be happy to chat with you about ways you can help your students learn a language. And you just never know what conversation might spark a great idea that you can take straight back to your classroom.
Pro tip: Don’t by shy to ask for free resources, samples, or catalogs to browse later for ideas or to remind you of products and services that caught your eye.
Plan to share with your colleagues
Professional development does not end at the end of ACTFL. Plan to share what you have learned with your colleagues back home and see what new directions or ideas come from those conversations. It’s a great time to re-energize not just your own teaching, but those around you as well.
Pro tip: Whether in a notebook or on a laptop or iPad, be sure to take good notes at all sessions. Many presenters will also upload their PowerPoint presentations or handouts to the ACTFL website or app for easy access later.
Do you have tips to share? Tweet to us using #followtheowl and #ACTFL18.
Wayside Publishing’s Learning Site was recently certified for both Clever’s Single Sign-On and Secure Sync integrations. What does this mean for you and your students?
The Single Sign-On integration will allow you and your students to use your existing Clever sign-on information to access the Learning Site. So you will get to spend your time on instruction instead of trying to retrieve multiple usernames and passwords for various applications.
Secure Sync automatically rosters student and teacher accounts in classroom software, including the Learning Site. This means that after rostering all you have to do is log in to the Learning Site. All of your courses and students will be set up before you even set foot in the classroom, allowing you to spend your time on your students and the content.
“We are constantly working on improvements to our Learning Site,” says Deb Penham, manager of Information Technology and Software Development at Wayside. “We are excited about our Clever certification because it allows us to work together with customers’ tech teams to make sure that teachers and students have a smooth entry to the Learning Site.”
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It's summer, and that means it's time for Wayside Publishing's annual summer webinar series on EntreCulturas: Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures.
Wayside Publishing Instructional Specialists Debbie Espitia and Cristin Bleess will present the webinars throughout July and August, providing an opportunity for all educators curious about how EntreCulturas works.Read More