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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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.



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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Learning Site Newsletter

September 2020
09-09-2020  Remote Teaching, Learning Site

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The Learning Site® bridges gaps between technology, pedagogy, content and training. It is the home of FlexText®, an online textbook that connects seamlessly to your Explorer® course. Explorer® contains digital tools like flexible assigning and grading, student portfolios, authentic resources, and more.

 
 
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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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EntreCultures 3 reimagines intermediate French

08-10-2020 

July 27, 2020

EntreCultures 3 reimagines intermediate French

Relevant rigor that pushes learners farther

It’s been only a year since the revolutionary EntreCultures 1 and 2 entered French classrooms. Early responses have been so positive that Wayside Publishing has launched level 3 of the program with an expedited online/print release!

EntreCultures 3 offers Level 3 classrooms an unprecedented blend of proficiency-based pedagogy and best practice strategies that align with ACTFL standards, every state’s DOE standards, and correlate with both AP® and IB themes.

For learners, content of EntreCultures 3 could not have arrived at a more appropriate time. Units 1 and 2 revolve around identity and digital citizenship, with relevant subtopics that can support learners in processing the world around them. Students this fall will have opportunities to reflect on how teens’ perspectives and independence have been impacted by recent events, and to research how social media and remote learning have varied across the Francophone world through authentic resources created for teenage French learners, by native French speaking peers.

And of course, all of this communication is transpiring in French! Vocabulary and grammar are taught in context, with communicative tasks that reinforce language meaning, pronunciation, and structure.

For teachers, EntreCultures 1,2,3 have all been updated this summer to include tools that will support remote instruction, classroom delivery, or a blend. New to EntreCultures:

  • Differentiated formative assessments to guide customization to each learner’s progress
  • An Instructional Strategies Toolkit with 100+ activities that can be filtered by proficiency level, communication mode, age appropriateness, learning style, and more
  • A revamped gradebook with improved functionality, faster navigation, and improved viewing
  • A new YouTube channel packed with “how-to” tutorials, Learning Site tips, and more
  • New integration options including nearly any learning management system
  • Practical guides on how to adapt EntreCultures units around COVID-19 disruptions this fall

Experience the cutting-edge EntreCultures today.

 

 

EntreCultures 3 giveaway, a success!

In celebration of EntreCultures 3's launch, Wayside gave away the Ultimate French Proficiency Library, consisting of EntreCultures 3, our entire French line, a class set of student subscriptions, and more. Congratulations to our three winners, drawn randomly on August 24th: 

Grand Prize: Claudia McGuigan

Gift bag prize: Erica Boston

EntreCultures 3 Teacher Edition prize: Denise (Jeanne) Miller

EntreCultures is purposeful, pedagogy-aligned, and classroom-tested. 

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