ICYMI: Catch up on Poolside Proficiency

06-16-2020  All News, Events, Featured Post



In case you missed it, you can now watch all three webianrs in our Poolside Proficiency summer webinar series! 

Let Go to Move Forward  

The end of the 2019-2020 school year was not what anyone had planned. As teachers look forward to the 2020-2021 school year there are a lot of questions regarding curriculum and lesson planning. In this webinar, a panel of diverse stakeholders, including a Wayside author, an Instructional Strategist, a Curriculum Coordinator and two classroom teachers, discuss how to start off next school year without feeling like you have to "hurry up and catch up."

Panelists include: 
Helen Small – Curriculum Coordinator
Debbie Espitia – Instructional Strategist
Erin Gibbons – Author - EntreCultures 2, 4
Tanya Meinecke Smith, Teacher (Emery Weiner School)
Alexis Buschert, Teacher (Tigard-Tualatin School District)

Watch here in case you missed it! 

 

Declutter your curriculum 

How do we make deliberate instructional choices so we can better support students' target language proficiency and ignite their passion for learning? In this panel discussion we will explore how to declutter your curriculum and lessons in order to focus on what is essential for student language proficiency.

Panelists include: 
Jennifer Carson – Curriculum Coordinator
Michelle Olah, Instructional Strategist
Chris Hayes, Teacher (Upper Arlington)
Christi Gilliland, District Supervisor (Williamson County Schools)

Watch here in case you missed it! 

 

 

Using a Learning Management System to design online learning experiences

A Learning Management System can enable classrooms to transform what students and teachers can do with instruction. These platforms can help increase student engagement and allow for differentiation as we look to bridge gaps between content, pedagogy, technology, and training. In this webinar, we will discuss how using a Learning Management System can expand your classroom and open new doors of opportunity for learning. Our panel will include Wayside Publishing's Digital Specialist for Innovation & Instructional Technology and a district coordinator for Instructional Technology.

Watch here in case you missed it! 






Live Training for EntreCulturas and EntreCultures

06-10-2020  All News, Featured Post, Events

Are you implementing EntreCulturas or EntreCultures in your classroom this fall? Find out everything you need to know to get started with our cornerstone Spanish and French programs during our ongoing summer training sessions. We recommend that you register for both a program training session and a Learning Site training session. 

Please note: This training is useful to teachers who are implementing one of our language programs this fall. If you are not yet a user but would like to find out more about our language programs, email info@waysidepublishing.com


 

EntreCulturas and EntreCultures program training sessions

Join our Instructional Strategists for a training on EntreCulturas and EntreCultures. We will talk about how units are set up including teaching vocabulary in context, using the discovery process to teach grammar, performance assessments, and more.

Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one, the same content is repeated in each session).

 

 

Learning Site training sessions

Join our Instructional Strategists for a training on the Learning Site. We will help you get familiar with the tools and resources found on our online platform. Learn the ins and outs of using Explorer, FlexText and Portfolio and how to integrate them into your instructional practice.

Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one, the same content is repeated in each session).

 



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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Learning Site Newsletter - June 2020

06-01-2020  Learning Site, Remote Teaching, Teacher Resources
Explore our Instructional Strategies Toolkit, build trust in the virtual classroom, attend one of our training sessions. Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter


Learning Site News

Resources and remote teaching reflections amidst the COVID pandemic

Dear educators

As the school year is coming to a close, what lessons have you learned? Have you discovered anything new about yourself as a teacher? What will you do differently next year?

In this issue:

  • Read: We will never be the same educators (hopefully)
  • Watch: Introducing our Instructional Strategies Toolkit 
  • Try: Activities to build trust in your (virtual) classroom
  • Attend: Ongoing training sessions for EntreCulturas and EntreCultures


Happy Teaching!
The Wayside Publishing Team 


We will never be the same educators (hopefully)

"What have we learned from this pandemic? What have we found out about ourselves as educators and about our students? What message has this situation of change and isolation brought to our teaching lives? Will we be the same educators once we return to 'normal' school? Will we have the same students we had before schools were closed? Has the world changed?"

Diego Ojeda is back on the blog, asking the important questions as we close the school year.


Explore our Instructional Strategies Toolkit

Empower students to lead with language and take your instruction to the next level with activities from our Instructional Strategies Toolkit. Filled with strategies for everything from cooperative learning, engaging heritage speakers, to staying in the target language, you can browse the toolkit by skill, proficiency level, or activity type.

Watch how it works and then request a 30-day sample of any of our language programs to give the toolkit a try!


Activities for building trust

Elena Giudice teaches French and Spanish and found during the past few months that building trust in the virtual classroom is just as important as it is in the real classroom. In this blog post she lists her favorite activities, modified for remote teaching.


Live training for EntreCulturas, EntreCultures users

Are you implementing EntreCulturas or EntreCultures in your classroom this fall? Find out everything you need to know to get started with our cornerstone Spanish and French programs during our repeat summer training sessions. 
 

EntreCulturas and EntreCultures training sessions

Get to know our Spanish language program EntreCulturas and French program EntreCultures. We will talk about how units are set up, how assessments work, what authentic resources you will find and how to use them, and how to navigate FlexText. 

Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one).



Learning Site training

We will help you get familiar with the tools and resources found on the Learning Site. Learn how to get started, how to navigate your dashboard, assign tasks, grade, view student portfolios, and more! 

Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one).

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A Propos - May 2020

French Newsletter
05-12-2020  A Propos - French Newsletter, Teacher Resources, Comprehensible Input
Free lesson plans for French learners, instructional videos, and join our Proficiency Talks LIVE Facebook group. Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter


A propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom


Hi educators,
 

Welcome to the spring edition of A propos, your go-to source for everything you need to continue to support your students in their remote learning. In this issue:

  • New lesson plans for your French learners, modified for remote teaching
  • 10 tips for providing comprehensible input when teaching remotely
  • Instructional videos for getting the most out of our French series
  • Join our Proficiency Talks LIVE Facebook events
What other remote teaching supports would you find helpful? We would love to hear from you.

Bon cours,


Free lesson plans for your French learners 

We just created two new lesson plans in French, focused on high-interest topics for units that you might be tackling this time of the year in French 1 and French 2. Download them both now as free PDFs! 

EntreCultures 1, Unit 5: Le temps libre

EntreCultures 2, Unit 5: Des conseils pour une vie saine



10 tips for providing comprehensible input 

CI classrooms are active and highly interactive spaces, with students acting or drawing as they hear or read narratives, responding to Personalized Questions and Answers (PQA), responding to input with rejoinders, showing thumbs up/down to indicate comprehension, etc., as teachers present language in context. But how can you do these things and “teach to the eyes” if you are teaching asynchronously or only see tiny images of students for short times via Zoom?  

We have collected 10 tips from authors, teachers, and colleagues in the world language education field for the best way to continue to provide comprehensible input to your learners.


Instructional videos for remote learning 

Do you have questions about teaching grammar in context or performance-based assessments? Subscribe to our Learning Site knowledge base playlist for videos on those topics, along with using the Learning Site classroom forum, authentic resources, and more!



If you are using a Wayside language program with your learners, be sure to check out and download the Learning Site app! It gives you full Learning Site functionality, including recording audio and video on your iPhone or iPad. You can find it in the Apple App store. Android users do not require an app because you can enjoy all the functions of the Learning Site, including recording audios, through a mobile browser. Wayside recommends Chrome.


Join Proficiency Talks LIVE! 

Join the conversation as we discuss the latest pedagogical thinking about language learning, interculturality, advocacy, leadership, and other issues impacting world language teachers on our Proficiency Talks Live Facebook group! 

Our next event will take place Thursday, May 14, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Classroom teacher Elena Spathis and Instructional Strategist Jennifer Carson will share tips and tricks for promoting mindfulness in the classroom—virtual or real. 

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