Week 19 - January 11-15

French IV - YL - Section 1 - Fall 2015

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Semaine Numéro Dix-Neuf

Welcome back for Week 19! This week marks the beginning of the third quarter! Students will begin work in Unit 6: Les Possibilités. Assignments due this Friday, January 15 include:

1. Les Possibilités 1B, Devoir Ecrit (Jules Vernes)

2. Les Possibilités 1C, Devoir Ecrit
3. Les Possibilités 1E, Devoir Ecrit


Report card grades for Quarter 2 will be posted on Tuesday, January 12. These grades should be available at schools by Thursday, January 14. Parents, please inquire at your child's school for information on report card distribution.

Alternate textbook links:
Les Possibilités
http://aventalearning.com/content168staging/2007french4b/possibilites1/introduction.htm

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Fall Semester: Quarters 1 & 2
Les Gens:
http://aventalearning.com/content168staging/2007french4a/les_gens/introduction.htm

La Réalisation:
http://aventalearning.com/content168staging/2007french4a/les_realisations/introduction.htm

Les Désirs
http://aventalearning.com/content168staging/2007french4a/les_desires/introduction.htm

Les Activités
http://aventalearning.com/content168staging/2007french4a/les_activites/introduction.htm

Les Fêtes
http://aventalearning.com/content168staging/2007french4a/la_fete/introduction.htm
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Required Live Classroom Schedule

As a part of the requirements of the course, students are expected to attend live sessions with any French IV instructor (1 session/unit). The dates/times of live sessions will be provided in this section of the newsletter each week. The instructor will communicate with students in course announcements should there be any change.

* No sessions scheduled this week


To access the live classroom, students should click the link in Blackboard titled "Live Classroom French 4." It is suggested that for the first time they arrive approximately 15 minutes early to ensure that they are able to enter the chat room and check the functionality of all tools. Students should log in with both their first and last names, or if attending by teleconference, they should identify themselves to the instructor upon entry.

Best Practices

We're past the halfway point now, but we're not finished yet! It's time to reorganize and refocus for the second semester. Let's review some "Best Practices" for the online classroom!


* READ ANNOUNCEMENTS! - Number 1 of what we call the "Super 3." Announcements contain a LOT of important information including deadlines, extra credit opportunities, and INSTRUCTION! Because instructors often post more than one announcement, it is important that students scroll down to the last announcement that they've read, and then read each announcement above that one, from bottom to top. If students are not reading announcements (and not scrolling to make sure they've read them ALL) they're missing some IMPORTANT information!


* CHECK GRADES/FEEDBACK! - The second of the "Super 3" - reading feedback is an integral part of the learning process. In order to learn, students need to know what they are doing well, what they need to fix, and how. Not only can they benefit from learning from their mistakes, oftentimes instructors will allow them to resubmit an assignment for additional credit if they misunderstood directions or simply did not perform well. ALWAYS CHECK FEEDBACK! Here is a video which is posted in the course under the "How Do I?" link to help navigate the grade center: http://www.screencast.com/t/0Z59XyvO


* CHECK MESSAGES! - The final third of the "Super 3" - each week instructors send students a messages welcoming them to a new week, informing them of the new week's assignments, giving deadlines, and other important information. As need arises, instructors may send messages to some or all students. Check messages to be in the know!


***It is recommended that students establish a routine upon logging in to complete the "Super 3" before beginning work each day!***


* TAKE NOTES/STUDY! - Just like a face-to-face class, students NEED to take notes on course material and students need to STUDY outside of "class". Practice each evening. Even if it's for as little as 15 minutes, the extra practice WILL pay off. Students should keep a notebook to organize notes and practice activities.


* SUBMIT WORK! - During the school year we cover one unit every three weeks, which amounts to about 3-4 assignments/week. To make deadlines and avoid getting zeros students need to average 2 -3 textbook sub-sections (parts within the textbook sections) per day. If they can do more, fantastic, but they shouldn't rush through work or skip around! It's super important that students complete work in order so that you don't miss vital information.

The Instructor

Mme Karen Miller is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She began her career in 2009 at a classical school in Fayetteville, NC teaching French levels I-IV. She currently teaches French I and IV with NCVPS, and for the Fall teaches French I at a local high school. She has two children, a stepdaughter, Madison (10) and a son, Aiden (3). She lives with her husband, children and dog, Ella (also 10) in Hope Mills, NC.