The French Corner 2018 Recap



Now that 2018 has come to a close, I'd like to recap some of the things that happened in and out of my classroom this year.  There were some exciting times, some new things tried, and new places explored!



In February we had our annual crêpe event, where parents come in and help prepare crêpes that the students order in French and serve to each other.  Click here to read an older post about the event.



Also in February, I received a grant for more iPads for our department.  This means our department now shares 30 iPads, and students no longer have to share devices!



In April, students collaborated once again on ABC books, modeled after a French ABC book we read in class.  Click here to read an older article on the project.  What made the project different this year was that students got to go into sixth grade classes and read their ABC books to younger students.



In May, French-Canadian rapper Webster came to our school and put on a concert for our students.



Also in May, I tried this positive adjectives activity for the first time.  Every student had a piece of paper and they kept passing their papers to the person next to them, adding a positive adjective to the paper.  Click here to read more about it.



Also in May, we resumed our elementary French project, where middle school students taught mini French lessons to elementary students.  This is such a fun project for all involved!  Click here to read more about it.



In the fall, 7th graders went 1:1 in our school and I tried out a whole host of new activities and platforms, such as Canvas and Gimkit.  Click here to read more about what I experimented with this fall.



In November, my colleague Robin and I went to our first ACTFL convention in New Orleans.   I got to meet some of the teachers I follow, learn some new techniques at workshops, and soak in the culture of the Big Easy.  Click here to read more about my ACTFL experience!

Happy New Year, everyone!

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New Idea - Gimkit for Catch Up Days



I recently blogged about a new game called Gimkit, where students win "money" for answering questions and can buy upgrades with their money to try to get ahead in the game.  What's cool is that the game does not require students to look up at the SMART Board at any time.  They are working completely independently on their devices although they are all participating in the same game.  Well, I recently had the idea to incorporate Gimkit into a catch up day.  Do you ever have so many students who have to make up, turn in, and retake things that you decide to just give them a day for it?  Well from time to time, I do just that, but it's always a struggle to find meaningful work for the students who are all caught up to complete.  So I had the idea to have a Gimkit game running.  In order to keep the environment quiet and respectful for students working, the music was turned off, students had to silence their devices, and the leaderboard was not displayed for students to look at and comment on (and I could display information about make up work on the board).  There was enough time during the period to play two games.  For the most part, students were pretty respectful and remained quiet most of the time, and the other students had an opportunity to get caught up on work.

Do you ever do catch up days?  How do you keep the caught up kids engaged for the period?  Will you try Gimkit?

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