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Star of the Week in Upper Level Classes

Anna Matava has said; …Star of the Week has been my entire curriculum for a group of 7 upper-level students since mid-March. I’ve never seen anything quite like it for building esprit de corps and

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Dude – 2

So I am just following up on that class. Two kids left making me promise that their characters will be in the story next class. We got into a chant. I was doing the Star

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Dude – 1

So my sixth graders just came in for an hour and a half of fun. Of course, we’ll burn ten minutes at least with SSR. The greatest language gains will happen now during these awesome

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Targetless Instruction – 28

I can’t believe we’ve done this to ourselves. I can’t believe we have taken such a simple thing as telling a story and turned it into a military exercise. We have made it so complicated!

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Language of the Trees – 7

Amanda Baumann is our elementary French instructor here at the American Embassy School and very much aware of group dynamics in a classroom. She is the one who told me about David Kohl’s work The

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Authentic Assessment – Ben – 33

This rubrics/assessment thread is like trying to stop a freight train but I do feel honestly that we need a break from it as discussed here yesterday. Let me share what I am comprehending so

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Use of Back Arrow to Teach Grammar

I just picked up a nice little detail about reading stories. As you prepare the reading from the story, make deliberate mistakes, three or four per paragraph. Tell the kids, “There are three mistakes in

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Report from the Field – Ben Slavic

http://www.npr.org/2016/05/10/477449865/in-polluted-new-delhi-triathlete-weighs-costs-of-exercising-outside?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=morningedition&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160510

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