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Wayside News - October 2020

10-07-2020  All News, Heritage Language Learners, Remote Teaching, Teacher Resources, Learning Site, The Wayside Way, Assessment

 

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Including Tips for Your Virtual Open House!

 
 

Proficiency Insider

Bold ideas and practical resources for your language classroom

 

Hi educators,

 

Welcome to the fall edition of the Proficiency Insider, your go-to source for taking language instruction to the next level. Join us as we dive into virtual back-to-school nights, remote feedback and assessment tools, and online Hispanic Heritage Month resources. In this issue::

 

  • READ – yesterday’s blog on virtual back-to-school nights
  • WATCH – our videos on remote assessment resources
  • EXPLORE – online Hispanic Heritage Month resources from University of Oregon and UT Austin
  • REQUEST – Wayside's instant 30-day full content review

 

What would help you this school year? We would love to hear from you!

 

Happy Teaching!

 

The Wayside Publishing Team

 

Four Ideas for Parents Night, Pandemic Style

New on the Blog: We are all familiar with back-to-school nights at the start of the year. Typically, they are opportunities to share basic information about our classes and meet our students’ families. This year, just like everything else, it is going to look a bit different. Here are four ideas to help make your virtual event as engaging as possible.

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Featured Videos - Remote Assessment Resources

Top 4 Reasons to Use Performance Assessments - Performance assessments promote continued learning and self-reflection. While a test may be an efficient way to gather evidence about what learners know, a performance assessment is a better tool for gathering evidence about what learners can do with their knowledge. In this video, Wayside Instructional Strategist Deborah Espitia takes a look at why performance assessments are critical for world language proficiency, and how learners can take charge of their learning.

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Assessment and Feedback that Lead to Continued Learning - For Learning Site educators, Wayside's Instructional Strategists Cristin Blees and Michelle Olah present this webinar on delivering performance based assessments through the Learning Site in a virtual environment. Emphasis is placed on giving targeted feedback through performance-based tasks. Step-by-step instructions, with visual examples live in the Learning Site, should support you in following along within your own Explorer course.

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Learning Site Distance Learning - In this tailored walk through of the Learning Site, Wayside's Jen Cornell highlights the distance learning tools that will support you in providing equitable, engaging experiences to distance learners.

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Artwork by Celestino Deleyto Alcalá, 2012

Online Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

Empowering Learners of Spanish is an open educational resource developed by University of Oregon faculty, including Director of Language Instruction Robert Davis, who co-authored Wayside’s own EntreCulturas 1. Certified by UT Austin’s COERLL, Empowering Learners of Spanish offers a variety of resources for heritage learners, as well as students learning Spanish as a second language.

Lessons

Hispanic Heritage belongs in EVERY month. COERLL at UT Austin is hopefully a resource known to educators of Spanish, but we wanted to give a shout out this month specifically to their team for their continued efforts behind the COERLL newsletter that delivers new professional development options and resources, year-round.

COERLL
 

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Ya Sabes September 2020

09-16-2020  All News, Authentic Resources, Heritage Language Learners, Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter, The Wayside Way, Teacher Resources, La Casa De Eduardo
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Ya sabes

Bold ideas and practical resources for your classroom

Dear educators,

It's National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15)!

"Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana" is a period for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the US. We have some great resources to help celebrate!

  • Cook along with Wayside's very own Eduardo and Maurice
  • Read two well-timed blog posts - Beyond the piñatas, and We all speak a dialect 
  • Download our effective strategies for engaging heritage learners

¡Felicidades!
The Wayside Publishing Team

New! La Casa de Eduardo

MMmmm –MOFONGO!

Need to disconnect after a long day at school? Our team recommends cooking therapy, and just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month. Wayside is proud to launch a new cooking series, La Casa de Eduardo.

In this first episode, Eduardo – a former teacher turned Wayside Account Representative, teaches his remote colleague Maurice how to cook making the famous Mofongo de Puerto Rico (a popular side dish). Enjoy this step-by-step guide punctuated by plenty of banter. (Language: Spanish)

Want to cook along with the video at home? Grab the ingredients in advance!

Mofongo de Puerto Rico Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of vegetable oil for frying the plantain
  • 3 green plantains
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional garnish: Cilantro

Beyond the Piñatas

Renowned Spanish teacher and cofounder of #langchat on twitter, Diego Ojeda takes a hard look at Hispanic Heritage Month and encourages us to do better and move beyond the tacos and fiestas. 

We All Speak a Dialect

As learners listen to authentic resources or interact in the real world, they’re bound to hear different dialects. As Curriculum Coordinator Jennifer Carson notes in her most recent blog post, “Just as it is important to respect students’ accents, so it is equally important to recognize and demonstrate respect for different dialects, including students’ home dialects.” Read more about her philosophy, and the research she bases it on, in this timely post.

Strategies for Engaging Heritage Learners

Wayside recognizes that students in North American classrooms come from increasingly diverse backgrounds, and that a growing number of them are heritage learners. These students may have varying levels of exposure to the target language and/or its cultures in their homes or communities. We can help! Be sure to download these effective strategies for engaging heritage learners.

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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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