During COVID-19, teachers were abruptly thrown into the online learning world and many had to quickly upskill both themselves and their students. New technology skills, resources, collaborations and interactions emerged, largely thanks to teachers’ creativity, passion and resilience.
As schools re-commence face-to-face teaching, this is an opportunity to identify and continue to use the digital tools which support engaging learning environments and interactions between you and your students.
This short, easy-to-read guide has some ideas for ways you could continue to use those tools in the face-to-face learning space, including:
New learning sequences and student workbooks for Early Stage 1 to Stage 3 are now available on the Learning from home page. These resources are samples that teachers may adapt to their language specific area to meet the needs of their students and local contexts.
Early Stage 1 – my favourite toy
· Learning sequence - my favourite toy Early Stage 1 (DOCX 78KB)
· Student workbook - my favourite toy Early Stage 1 (DOCX 152KB)
Stage 1 – my dream home 2
· Learning sequence – my dream home 2 Stage 1 (DOCX 48KB)
· Student workbook –my dream home 2 Stage 1 (DOCX 1.8MB)
Stage 2 – about me
· Learning sequence – about me Stage 2 (DOCX 73KB)
· Student workbook – about me Stage 2 (DOCX 110KB)
Stage 3 – caring for the environment 2
· Learning sequence – caring for the environment Stage 3 (DOCX 50.7KB)
· Student workbook – caring for the environment Stage 3 (DOCX 484KB)
We have collated your responses to our back to school thread, and we have never seen greater evidence of how amazing you all are, what good hands our students are in, and how totally across every situation you are, even some of the crazy ones thrown at you over the last 2 months.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and thank you for being utterly amazing. It's a heartwarming read.
Due to yesterday's announcement that students will be returning full time from Monday 25 May, we are cancelling the virtual staff meeting we had planned for Monday afternoon, 25 May 2020.
We are still planning ongoing support for you – we are currently developing advice on assessment FOR learning, and we're also liaising with Google experts to run a Google version of the session Megan Townes ran for us recently on Microsoft tools. Watch this space for details.
Just like you – we're rolling with the punches and responding to current needs. Please let us know if there's something else you need – we're here to help.
With yesterday’s announcement that students will return full-time from Monday, things are going to be interesting. What are your plans for Monday and beyond? We’d like to start a thread here, so you can all see what other schools are planning.
We don't want it to be onerous - we just thought it would be a good idea to check in with each other and see what your colleagues are feeling and planning.
Considerations for the thread:
You can reply in our virtual statewide staffroom or you can reply by leaving a comment here. If you're receiving this via email, click on the link at the top of this post, and it will take you to our blog, where you can leave a comment.
The Languages and Culture team is holding an extraordinary statewide staff meeting on Monday 25 May 2020.
Please join us on Microsoft Teams for a registered professional learning afternoon for language teachers. The focus will be on adapting existing Stage 4 tasks for online assessment. At the end of the presentation, we will also be available to answer any questions you may have on assessment and reporting.
Date: Monday 25 May 2020
For further questions, please contact Evia Kyriacou.
We look forward to seeing you there.
In response to your queries about preparing students for the upcoming oral examinations, we have developed advice, covering:
- approaches to answering effectively
- you in the role of the examiner
- how to prepare your students in a blended classroom
- different styles of feedback.
We have compiled a list of websites and apps to enhance language teaching and learning. We have also included your suggestions and recommendations, so we would like to thank you for your contribution and your sharing spirit.
If you're attending for today's PL, Collecting evidence of learning in Languages, you should have received an email by now. In the email:
Language learning activities that can be easily integrated into everyday home learning.
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