Today I was fortunate to observe one of the French classes at our school. Every time, I am able to observe another class, I always enjoy it. Yet it has been all year before I have had a chance! Luckily, I also got to observe the new teacher who will be teaching in the middle school, too. Here are my favorite ideas from both classes:
- I really like how our French teacher had a student review the warm-up. It was much more engaging than when I review the warm-up! Plus it allows someone else to write on the whiteboard, and everyone loves that.
- The students also did a pair question activity. Many times, I will ask my students a specific question, but they were allowed to share any sentence about their partner. This made the review speedier, and the students stayed more engaged.
- Finally, during the observation lesson, my students did a password lesson. A Spanish word flashed behind them, and students had to explain what the word was in Spanish without saying the “secret word.” I was truly impressed with what my beginning students can do! I used the password activity with my Spanish II students during Grandparents day, and everyone loved it! I even had a grandmother and sister participate. Don’t underestimate your students and try it soon!
Have you observed anyone recently? Try to fit one in before the end of the year!