Numerous studies underscore the importance of student engagement and its impact on attendance and achievement; however, engaging students at this point in the school year can often feel like a challenge. What can you do?
Start with this month's featured resource, which includes 16 practical strategies for student engagement. These strategies, which range from highlighting student work to crafting a scavenger hunt, can work for multiple content areas and grade levels. Each suggestion here can get you started — and we're here to offer additional support as you continue to re-imagine engagement in your classroom.
Le Français du lycée Osborne offers a glimpse into beginner-level French curriculum, as understood by first-year students at Osborne High School. Created for children who are new to the language, as well as more proficient French speakers, this collection will take you on a journey from the foundations of French to the picture book scenarios imagined by Osborne students.
USING THIS PUBLICATION IN THE CLASSROOM
We invite you to use this text to explore the basics of French from the perspective of young learners, and as an opportunity for your students to practice their French language skills.
This publication is also a powerful example of what project-based learning can look like in your classroom, and how students can cultivate a love of language, explore their creativity, and celebrate their learning.
Supporting students to manage unfamiliar language as they read
This includes offering students tools to identify words using context clues, replacing words, identifying words by their roots or similarities to other words, or for ELLS, using cognates. Many of these tools help students read fluidly and fearlessly, taking on the challenge of unfamiliar words as hurdles to jump or work around, not roadblocks that stop them.
CPET’s Dr. Roberta Lenger Kang created a simple, adaptable Monitoring for Meaning resource that students can use to figure out, track, and archive words independently as they read. Students can keep the chart right it in their notebooks and regularly build it as they encounter new words.
Identifying specific vocabulary and concepts to teach in each unit
When you plan to teach the key terms for each unit and then strategically reinforce and review the words throughout, students have a much better chance of learning and recalling key words and concepts. Sorting and categorizing, using and seeing the words in a variety of contexts, and learning through games or puzzles helps new concepts take root in the minds of your students. Consider the impact of games such as Pictionary, Taboo or Jeopardy, all of which make learning vocabulary more engaging, and in turn can make vocabulary more memorable.