Dear Fellow Educators:
The FLENJ 2018 Annual Conference Committee invites you to submit a session proposal for the conference, which is April 13-14, 2018. Submit your proposal today!
It is the end of August and the beginning of a new and exciting academic year ripe with opportunities to change the lives of our learners. At FLENJ we are eager to help you make this year a great one, full of innovative, interactive strategies that can help you focus on proficiency and global understanding. For that reason, this month I want to draw your attention to some of our upcoming award opportunities for YOU! Additionally, the FLENJ board is thrilled to share some teaching tips and tools with you to get your year started off right.
AND...announcing our call for proposals for the 2018 FLENJ Annual Conference: THE WORLD IS OUR POND: WHAT WILL YOUR RIPPLE BE?
FLENJ promotes excellence in world language education in the 21st century and supports world language educators in New Jersey by awarding up to $3,000 for education abroad. Awards will vary from $1,000–$3,000, depending on the costs of the chosen program. Some of the past awardees have traveled to Panama, Peru, Mexico, and Chile (amongst others!). For more information, please visit: https://flenj.org/abroad-scholarship/
Mini-Grants - Application Deadline December 1
CALLING ALL AMAZING TEACHERS!! Is there something you've been wanting for your classroom that your school is unable to provide? DID YOU KNOW that FLENJ offers mini-grants of up to $2,000 for innovative projects within your classroom. In the past, teachers have won iPads, money to create a class library and curriculum materials. Submit your great idea at http://flenj.org/mini-grants/.
This is a unique opportunity to be recognized as a leader and to explore a project that can provide growth for our entire profession. If you have a great project idea that contributes to the world language profession and advances quality language instruction, then you should apply to be a MEAD Fellow. This deadline is coming up very soon! Don't miss this chance to expand your opportunities!
Instructional Tips and Links for 2017-18 from your colleagues at FLENJ
I like to use www.Socrative.com to monitor understanding. At a glance I can see results and know whether I can move on or need to revisit a concept. The students love to take out their phones! (Rosemarie Armstrong)
I like to help prepare students for post-secondary engagement (e.g. college and career readiness) by offering them the possibility of graduating with a State Seal of Biliteracy: http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/wl/biliteracy/ (Dave Greer)
My students and I are enjoying hexameter.co (this website helps students get excited about scansion of poetry) and aeneid.co (this is a great tool for teaching AP Latin). (Jennifer Jones)
I like to start the school year by introducing the students to an online interactive language learning tool, such as Duolingo. The students love the challenge as they increase in levels and in vocabulary. Many enjoyed "the game" so much that they "played" it at home and even installed it on their phones! (Joan Jensen)
Looking for the BEST Professional Development that is FREE and always available, even for the busiest of educators? You simply MUST use Twitter. Start by following a few people whom you've seen present at FLENJ/ACTFL/NECTFL, etc. Don't expect to be able to read everything they post; just pick and choose a few links. (Michele Schreiner)
Rather than labeling every stationery object in the classroom, I like to post functional language. So instead of "the calendar," I post "What is the date?" next to it. This gives students much more meaningful language rather than a laundry list of nouns. (Nathan Lutz)
I am a big fan of padlet.com, a free resource that allows anyone to create cool virtual bulletin boards. Students or other users can post comments, links, photos, documents, videos and audio recordings. I've used it to gather my students' views, to encourage resource sharing and as part of key-pal exchanges with students in France. (Doug Crouse)
Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and try new techniques with your students. Talk to your students about the theories behind the new techniques and your desire to make the learning optimal and they will rise to the challenge. (Alice Ennis Simonson)
In my intermediate high class, I assign each student a city in the target culture. The student is the expert on this city for the entire semester and once a week must submit to teacher an index card with summary of things happening in that city THIS week- politically, culturally, socially- whatever the teacher chooses. Once each marking period, each student presents the news to the class (presentational speaking) and once each marking period, student must communicate electronically with an official in that city, asking a thoughtful question sharing with the teacher or with class what happened in that communication. (Christopher Gwin)
I like to provide some input by using www.edpuzzle.com to create meaningful listening and watching experiences for my students. This also allows me to easily gain some feedback about my students' comprehension. (Amanda Seewald)
**Don't forget to sign up for our FLENJ Workshop Series! Registration is now open.
Wishing you all a wonderful first day and a very successful year!