World Languages Update

January 15, 2016

Gearing up for WL Presence at the ONE Conference

We are just 1 week away from the 2nd Annual Waukesha ONE Conference. If you are new, boy, do we have a lineup for you this year! This is unique to a district this size to put on a conference of this magnitude by YOU!

If you haven't done so already, set up your ONE Conference Planner through Sched

Doing so in advance will help you get in the mind set before the Conference and ensure you know exactly what you are gearing up to see and hear during the Conference. Pre-planning ensures the day is not just a single event happening to you, but something you can anticipate for what you will DO ( I Commit) after the ONE Conference.

You can also share your schedule on Twitter with other colleagues and course-alikes directly from Sched Use #SDWONE so others can follow the Conference conversation with you. Take advantage and reap the benefits of having your colleagues to share and learn from!

We are extremely fortunate to have quite a few World Languages leaders sharing how they have LEVELED UP (SAMR) in the classroom during the ONE Conference this year. This is over 1/3 of our department who are presenting!!!! It says a lot about our roles as instructional leaders and professional learning enthusiasts.

Presenters at a Session Include:

Athena Alwan-Using Socrative to get Real Time Access to Levels of Understanding

Debbie Bowe-Wielgus & Taylor Gudates-Getting Real with Authentic Listening

Donna Moran-Climbing the SAMR ladder in the World Languages Classroom

Stacy Kolafa-Using Videos with EdPuzzle

Cheryl Belott & Aaron O'Connell-Google Classroom for Teacher Feedback and Student Reflection

Emily Hernandez-Using the Record Feature in Notability

ROCK STAR presenter:

Maria Meyers-she'll share a bit of her journey using Book Creator with students


"It’s difficult to dream about new things when you’re wrapping up old."--Dan Rockwell, author of Leadership Freak blog

January is a good time to set new goals, as many do with New Year's Resolutions. While it is only mid-January, in order to begin thinking toward next year for our team's goal, I'd like to sit down with each of you during a voluntary one-on-one to listen and collect feedback. Doing so will be a good way for me to listen to your individual voices.

To participate, please send me a calendar invite during the month of February. Once we have a date/time (15-20 minutes), I will send you one question in advance to think about that will focus our conversation. Sample questions might be:

  1. What do we need to keep doing because it works?
  2. What could be better?
  3. What might we stop doing?
  4. How might I help you be more successful?
  5. What is success for you?
  6. What is success for our team?

Interpretive Reading Strategy-Explain Your Thinking

Prior to the new year, Level 1 teachers were shared some information about a strategy based on your collective suggestions to try 2 times for practice with students before we meet to ASW again February 17. It may look daunting, but it can really happen in little time with students. It involves modeling, using an anchor chart and a think-aloud to help students explain their thinking when encountering a piece of text to interpret.

If you aren't sure what I am referring to, or you'd like me to help plan or model with you in your classroom, please let me know.

If you have used the strategy, as some of you indicated on your ASW forms (Middle School OTL in December), how is it working? What would you do differently?

Here's a link to the anchor chart that I shared with Level 1 teachers that you could copy and make larger for modeling: