One of the things I wanted to do when I started this blog was to share ideas and resources. It is no secret that teaching is a hard and time consuming profession and I believe that active collaboration is a must – I therefore welcome any teacher to take, share and adapt these resources as they wish.
Today I will share three simple ideas I aim to trial over the next few weeks…
Firstly, a simple and modern idea for a classroom display…
These three posters play on the popular ‘Keep Calm’ design and remind students to conjugate, speak french and to not forget accents. I printed them onto A3 coloured card for a bright and attractive finish.
Secondly, having been told my year nine classes thrive when thrown into a competition I have devised a Hogwarts-style points system. In addition to individual merits my three year nine classes will work to gain ‘teamwork points’ – the three classes will each be given a name of a French city and its corresponding coat of arms. The slide will be adapted each lesson as points are either rewarded or deducted. At the end of each term the winning class will be rewarded with France-inspired treats (think French patisserie day).
Finally, I have adapted a clever acronym introduced to me by a Teach First associate tutor. Quacnott is a small (very cute) duck – but Quacnott cannot quack (hence his name). Quacnott can, however, remind students of the key components to a well written sentence…
I have designed two wall-posters using the Quacnott acronym and have designed the above label for students to stick into their exercise books as a reminder when writing in French.
I will report back in a week or two and feedback on these ideas.
In the meantime I will be meeting my classes for the first time, establishing classroom rules and expectations whilst attempting to skills test my year 11s and get them enthusiastic about the coming year.
Wish me bon courage – J’en ai besoin!