It has been a pleasure getting to know all Division 2 students last week. This is such a great group! Thank you so much for all the information that you shared with me in the All about your child questionnaire. Your input is greatly appreciated and is already helping me to plan my teaching according to student's interests, strengths, goals and needs.
For your information, here are some things that we have been working on so far in class:
Expectations, Code of Conduct, Rules and Responsibility
We have already insisted on the fact that the ECH Code of Conduct applies to all interactions with schoolmates both at school and outside of school, including online and on social media. I will continue to insist on this point in class, but parent supervision of their child's use of social media is crucial since teachers are not able to supervise students' private chats outside of school hours. Please bring any concern to my attention.
We are also setting up a system to help motivate students to speak French consistently in class and to take on responsibilities in the class and in the school. Each student was given a responsibility in the class for the month of September. We will change responsibilities every month.
Students learned to use different types of line to create artistic 3D letters for their name tag. Many students had to work hard, making a few drafts until they got comfortable with the technique.
The results are fantastic, as you can see!
SOS créatures fantastiques: Le secret des petits griffons
We are reading the French version of a fantasy novel by Tui T. and Kari Sutherland during and after lunch every day. The ebook is projected on the big screen for students to read along while I read out loud. We are learning new vocabulary and students are asked to visualize what is happening to deepen understanding.
Each student is creating a personal storyboard, drawing a picture or writing a short resume that represents the most important elements of each chapter.
Le Coach (song by Soprano, featuring Vincenzo)
To connect with our Health & Physical Education topics last week, we began by listening to the song Le Coach (by the French singer Soprano). It is interesting to hear French spoken in a variety of ways, including the South of France accent and vocabulary featured in this video.
We have read the lyrics and discussed new words as well as the message of the song. While the song is, on the surface, about a coach motivating his team to get fit and to workout, it is also a message about the importance of working hard to achieve your dreams and persevering when things get hard. We are using the song in class for short body breaks where students can get up, move and sing along, and have begun to use it for warm-up in the gym. The enthusiasm is contagious!!!
Health and Physical Education
Home Reading and Epic Books
I have also created a classroom account on EPIC books. Our class code is: lyi8456. Epic has a great selection of English books, as well as some good titles in French (mainly graphic novels). Students can use this class account to read Monday-Friday between 7AM-4:00PM. Parents can also create a free account to use at home for up to 2 hours a week after 4PM and on weekends, using an email address (optional).
Here are the instructions to login using the class account and the link to create a free home account that will be linked to your child's school account.
I recommend that students read a balance of French and English books at home (maybe alternating everyday). Reading a minimum of 30 minutes a day at home, in addition to any reading done in class, is expected. Students are required to write a daily log of the books that they read at home (title, number of minutes/pages) in the space provided in their agenda. Please remember to initial your child's agenda/reading log every day.
Social Studies and Personal Artefacts Homework
As a fun way to get to know each other and to get us thinking about what we can learn from looking at objects, students have been given a paper bag to take home for the weekend. I am asking them to put 3 objects in there that tell us about their activities outside of school, their interests, passions, or family, pets, etc. The objects have to fit in the bag.
Students should bring their bag to school on Tuesday and keep the content of their bag a secret until we start our activity. Students will receive a bag without knowing who's bag it belongs to. They will look at the "artefacts" contained in the bag and think about what they tell us about the student that selected them. If they want, they can try to guess who's classmate the bag belongs to. Later on, students will be able to explain to us why they selected those "artefacts" and it will help us to learn about each other.
*If your child was absent on Friday and did not get a paper bag, they can bring their 3 objects in another bag and transfer them in their given bag when they get to school.
Coming up next week
We will use our English time to get deep into discussions about digital citizenship and about the safe and responsible use of social media and internet. We are going to explore this topic as a class right away, as some concerns with appropriate use of social media have been raised already. However, we are also working on organizing an in-depth workshop with an expert to help us get a well-informed perspective on this topic.
And to introduce this topic, nothing better than the following song, by Soprano, called Mon Précieux (My Precious...), which we will be listening to next week!