A Propos - February 2021

French Newsletter
02-10-2021  A Propos - French Newsletter, All News

 

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Plus the perfect 5-minute exercise break

 
 

À propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom

 

Hi educators,

 

The winter doldrums have set in, and the pandemic still is not gone. Life is slower than it was a year ago. What is there to do, then, but get a little meta about selfhood!

 

  • READ - Our blog on Négritude, the 20th-century francophone ideological movement, where self-awareness meets self-expression

  • WATCH - Noires Amériques: Conversations littéraires about diversity, inclusion, and amour propre

  • DO - How about a little self-activity? (Yes, that is really a word, and no, we did not just make it up)

  • TEACH - Well-being, it is more than just the body

  • SHARE - Speaking of self-expression, we are looking for your voice

 

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

Bon cours,

 

Négritude in Francophone Literature and Thought

New on the Blog: What the Harlem Renaissance was to the United States, Négritude was to the greater francophone world. This blog post explores the movement, its founders, and its influence.

Read
 

Esteemed Author Conversations

Centre de la Francaphonie des Amériques presents: Black Americas: Literary conversations. This amazing series includes five conversations with five well-respected black francophone authors, hosted by Haitian poet and Companion of the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec, Rodney Saint-Éloi. Discussion topics include racism, feminism, gender, soccer, and other influential writers.

Watch
 

The Perfect 5-Minute Exercise Break for Students and Teachers

Staring at a screen all day can be tiring, but moving around a bit is a great mood and energy booster. Check out this article by Michael Linsin at SmartClassroomManagement.com for some great tips on a quick session that will get the blood pumping and the synapses firing.

Exercise
 

Self-Care

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: A great time to try The Perfect 5-Minute Exercise Break (see above) is during a unit on self-care. Check out the healthy mind, healthy body activity in EntreCultures 2, Unité 5, starting on page 252. It asks students to think about and rate their mental and physical health. With subtopics that range from waking and going to bed, to handling stress and eating healthily, maybe it is an activity we should all try!

Explore
 

We Are Looking for YOU!

Woot! We love teaming up with Wayside world language educators like YOU! It allows us to connect with you on a deeper level and strengthens our Wayside community. So, if you have a knack for blogging and love sharing advice, tips, reflections, fresh perspectives, and resources, we want to talk to you!

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A Propos - November 2020

French Newsletter
11-05-2020  A Propos - French Newsletter, Interculturality, Teacher Resources, All News, Authentic Resources, The Wayside Way

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Fostering appreciation of cultures and peoples

 
 

A Propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom

 

Hi Educators,

 

In the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, we learn that "Tolerance is respect, acceptance and, appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human." In this spirit, we have compiled some resources with the hope of further fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.

 

  • READ - This blog series exploring authentic resource best practices

  • WATCH - Our video on "Top 5 Tips for Vocabulary Instruction"

  • MODEL - Culturally responsive and sensitive communication

  • CELEBRATE - The thirtieth anniversary of AAUSC

  • TOAST - Our brand new 2021 catalog

 

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

 

Bon cours,

 

Accessing Authentic Resources

New on the Blog: In a series of three blog posts, instructional strategist Debbie Espitia breaks down the best practices of incorporating authentic resources into lessons. The third post is hot off the (virtual) presses this week!

Read
 

Our Top Recommendation for the Wayside YouTube Channel

Featured Video: With these 5 tips, instructional strategist Michelle Olah addresses how you can enhance memory and understanding of target language vocabulary.

Watch


A Propos - September 2020

French Newsletter
09-23-2020  A Propos - French Newsletter, All News, Remote Teaching, Teacher Resources, Learning Site, Grading

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Up your tech tool game!

 
 

A propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom

 

Hi educators,

 

As you continue to find the most efficient and learner-centric way to teach French in a changed environment, we have compiled some resources to support you.

 

  • Explore exclusive remote learning & teaching tools

  • Binge watch the three custom video playlists for French educators

  • Read our brand new blog post - 5 technology tools to try in the 2020-2021 school year

  • Learn about our latest Learning Site® enhancements and improvements

 

We would be remiss not to give a congratulatory shout out to our winners of last month’s French Proficiency Library Giveaway: Claudia McGuigan, Erica Boston, and Denise Miller. We hope to offer a similar giveaway later this school year. What would be your dream prize? We would love to hear from you!

 

Bon cours,

 

The Wayside Publishing Team

 

Exclusive Remote Learning & Teaching Tools

Relax and read: Videos and articles to remind you to breath, and a collection of free resources you can download and utilize in lessons next week!

 

Our top recommendations from the Wayside YouTube Channel

They are like potato chips, bet you can't eat just one! We’ve compiled three video playlists for binge-watching at your convenience.

EntreCultures Playlist –Demos for French educators of how to use every section of the program, including Learning Site® tools connected to EntreCultures features.

 

Best Practices in Proficiency Playlist – In just one hour, this collection of brief point-by-point videos provide a primer on some of the most important proficiency principles.

Learning Site  Knowledge Base Playlist – Let’s talk tech! Browse a playlist of tips and tutorials curated for educators that will help you maximize your Learning Site® experience.



A Propos - August 2020

French Newsletter
08-15-2020  A Propos - French Newsletter, All News, Remote Teaching
5 kick offs to an untraditional school year. Declutter your everything. Make a friend. Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter


A propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom


Hi educators,
 

As you gear up for an unusual school year, we are right there with you offering new ideas to help you along the way.  

  • 5 strategies to kick off a non-traditional school year in a mindful way
  • Declutter your curriculum with resources to channel your inner Kondo
  • Connect on Facebook with EntreCultures educators
What would help you this school year? We'd love to hear from you!

Bon cours,



5 ways to kick off a non-traditional school year 

In the latest blog post on Proficiency Talks, Elena Spathis brings you five easy but mindful ways to build a community in your classroom, introduce yourself to your students, and more!

Why we love it? This quick read offers room to adapt ideas into what makes the most sense for you.


Declutter your mind, declutter your curriculum


Who needs Marie Kondo when you could have Jen Carson and Michelle Olah? Our decluttering duo used classroom experiences, research, and insights from teachers like you to create sanity restoration resources that you can read or view.

Relax and read : In a two-part blog, Michelle and Jen bring you a treasure-trove of ideas for simplifying, staying present, and prioritizing what's important.



Unwind with a webinar : Jen and Michelle recently walked through several scenarios that might require a little decluttering! Special thanks to educators Chris Hayes, Teacher (Upper Arlington) and Christi Gilliland, District Supervisor (Williamson County Schools) for lending their voices to the panel.


Make a new (FaceBook) Friend

Profs de Entre Cultures de Wayside is a FaceBook community started and moderated by teachers who use EntreCultures. It's a great place to share ideas and questions. Many Wayside authors and staff have joined the community and are even known to chime in on conversations now and then!

Thank you to Profs de Entre Cultures moderators for allowing us to spread the news about this grassroots group!




Proficiency Talks is a Facebook community open to educators of all languages and levels. Wade into discussions around pedagogical thinking, interculturality, advocacy, and leadership. Exchange and read resources on self-care and daily issues impacting world language teachers. Nearly 1,000 educators nationwide have joined the conversation, moderated by Wayside's Instructional Development team.

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A Propos - June 2020

French Newsletter
06-01-2020  A Propos - French Newsletter, New Products, Remote Teaching, Events
Sample new units of EntreCultures 3, watch our Facebook Live event about French in Louisiana Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter.


A propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom


Hi educators,
 

As this strange school year comes to a close, we hope you will find our blog post on end-of-year rituals in the virtual classroom helpful. In this issue of A propos you will also find: 

  • New sample units of EntreCultures 3
  • A recap of our Facebook Live event focusing on French in Louisiana
Do you have ideas for future Facebook live events? We would love to hear from you.

Bon cours,


Sample Units 1-3 of EntreCultures 3 

 

Take your French students to intermediate-low proficiency and get them closer to AP®-level tasks with EntreCultures 3. The textbook will be available later this summer, but you can sample the first three units now!

Unité 1: Ma vie et moi
Unité 2: Cituyenneté numérique
Unité 3: Je me prends en charge

Covering engaging topics like the rights and responsibilities of digital citizenship, interacting with different cultures, and planning for the future, these units feature French-speaking video bloggers from Sénégal, Martinique, and Belgium. 

The EntreCultures series gradually introduces learners to AP®-style tasks, and in level 3 practice is more frequent. In your sample access, open up a Teacher Edition FlexText® and note how the exercises connect communicative unit goals to AP® themes, and incorporate authentic resources.

Digital tools like Learning Site Classroom Forum and flipped classroom video help maximize time for communicative practice in the real or the virtual classroom.  



End-of-year rituals for the remote classroom 

 

In the absence of the usual end-of-year rituals, from student showcases to final project presentations, how can we celebrate the achievements of our learners? 

Catalina Bohorquez has been teaching virtually for a long time and in our latest blog post she shares some of her ideas for ending the school year on a high note.


French in Louisiana 

 

In case you missed our Proficiency Talks Live event on Facebook recently, here is your chance to rewatch this fascinating panel discussion. Learn about the history of French in Louisiana, about the efforts to preserve this heritage, and the future of the language and the region.



Be sure to join our Proficiency Talks Live Facebook group to find out about upcoming events, including this week's topic, Distance Learning: What's Next? The discussion starts Thursday, June 4, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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