This year we were asked to adopt the idea of Growth Mindset, an idea from Carol Dweck, an author and leading researcher in the field of motivation. The main idea behind growth mindset is that we don't have a fixed intelligence and we can all get better at something if we put in enough work. (I'm trying to get better at blogging and marketing right now!!😉 )This was presented to us during a staff meeting and coupled with the idea of grading. Some of my coworkers and I started talking after the meeting "Does this mean we have to allow unlimited retakes? Won't kids just choose not to study so they can see what's on the test and then ask to do a retake?" There's a lot of sticky questions to navigate, but I thought I'd give it a try in a small way.
"We heard Spanish is awesome today!" said several students in my afternoon class on the day I introduced Quizlet live. I even had coworkers coming up to me all week asking me to show them this new game their kids are all buzzing about! So naturally, I wanted to share it here as well!
Quizlet live allows you to take any set of flashcards with 12 or more terms and turn them into a fast-paced, competition among your students. All you need to do is sign up for a free teacher account, select the study deck you want, and click on the new "live" button. It could be a set you've created, or one of the millions of sets already in their database.
When I was in undergrad studying education, we were all required to take a class called "Reading Across the Curriculum." I did not see the value in that class at the time, but have since changed my mind completely!
I went to a workshop by Carol Gaab on Comprehensible Input (CI) and my mind was blown! I learned more in one workshop
than in most of my methods classes combined! I couldn't believe how amazing this strategy was and that nobody had ever shown it to me before! This was amazing!! I went back to school the next Monday and dove right in with my students and they gobbled it up. They loved everything about it and both their fluency and engagement skyrocketed! It was a miracle!
But how do I still teach the required elements of my school's textbook curriculum?
Tener que + infinitive is one of those topics that I have to teach (haha, get it?), but never really sinks in for the kids. This year I was looking for a new way to teach it and I came up with an idea that worked so well, I just had to share it! (I crack myself up!)