I am currently teaching Grade 9 Applied Core French with a lovely bunch of students who have made it very clear to me that this will be the last time they ever take French. They tell me that French sucks and ask me not to take it personally. I don’t, because what they don’t know is that my plan is to change their minds so they see that French actually DOESN’T suck! The more important point is this: even if this will be the last time they ever take a French course, they will walk out of our class having built the confidence to fail, because truly it’s only through trying, failing and learning that anyone ever learned to speak another language and increase cultural awareness.
So we’ve all survived our first week back! Hopefully you’ve settled into some sort of routine with your classes. We are hoping that you’ll make daily community building a part of that routine. We all want our students to be risk takers and feel safe in our classrooms. By building a positive community daily your students will be more engaged and will be willing to meet challenges together.
So our challenge to you is to take breaks daily to build community with your students.
Need some help getting started? No problem!
are a few activities that you can try tomorrow! Feel free to let us know how it goes in the comments or add some links to your own favourite activity. Why not tweet about your experiences using #HDSBInnovates.
Here are some activities from Second City that we used at the
Here are the books we pulling from, check them out, ask your administrator to stock these at school. They are community building GOLD!!
- If you use twitter, send out a tweet on June 1st identifying something you’d like to celebrate about your school. Use the hashtag #LoveMyHaltonSchool
- If you don’t use twitter, consider signing up! Then send a short message into the void, introduce yourself, jump into the deep end!
- Follow some Halton teachers who are already on Twitter to widen your network. You’ll probably find lots to follow if you search for the #LoveMyHaltonSchool hashtag during the day.
This is your Twitter name. You want this to be both memorable and easy to remember. Sure, you can use your first and last name, but there are a lot of Jane Smith’s out there. If your name is taken, use something that identifies you. Ours are, for example, @DFJH_Mitchell and @MrColemanArt Some of our friends include @pjdavison and @Mrs_Newcombe. Short, spelled correctly, and identifiable is key.
A 140-character public message.
The home button gets you to your news feed. This is a constantly updated list of everyone you choose to follow. Occasionally you might see promoted tweets too (meaning someone paid Twitter to get seen).
The pound sign before text means that the text can be searched. This is really useful. If you want to find everyone talking about innovative things in Halton you throw the hashtag on the front, and you can find any tweet that someone put #HDSBInnovates in. They can also be used for humor. #MitchellRocks #TwitterIsCool
DM (Direct Message)
All tweets are public and can be seen by anyone at any time unless you use a direct message. A DM means that the conversation is only between you and the other person (or people) in your message.
Anyone can repost your tweet, which is similar to quoting you. Your name is still attached, but everyone who follows the re-poster can now see your tweet too. This is usually done as a form of agreement or flattery.
Hit the heart when you want to say you like a tweet, or agree with it.
Quote was formerly a MT, or Mention. You can attach an original tweet to yours and add your own commentary.
When someone mentions your handle, or retweets what you wrote, you will get a notification. You can choose if you get text alerts, emails, or phone notifications in your settings.
|Click HERE to bring you to a doc to work on your goal|
Setting a goal and sharing it is a small and monumental first step. Try to visualize what your class might be like after making that improvement, and share that with colleagues. Sharing that goal with others is the greatest predictor of whether you are going to achieve that goal.