Apr 9, 2019
Welcome to Inspired Proficiency and thank you for joining us for episode 4 of season 3. As always, please tweet any takeaways and inspirations to #inspiredproficiency. As always, find detailed notes from Season 3 at www.deskfree.wordpress.com
On this episode Ashley chats with the hilarious Sarah Breckley who lives and breathes adding fun and laughter to everyday teaching. Then Ashley herself walks us through a big reset she did with one of her classes that was struggling to not use English in class.
Sarah Breckley teaches Spanish 2 to high schoolers in rural Reedsburg, WI. You may know Sarah as Fiona from Señor Wooly’s video Feo. She travels with her students and does homestays and does a lot of communicative activities in her classroom. She films a lot of her classes to share with other teachers on Youtube and Vlog. Sarah is a huge advocate for teachers to find the courage to post a video of yourself teaching and sharing videos of the amazing things we’re all doing in our classrooms. She wants us to know that she watched many videos of other educators before making her own so she may be a huge proponent of sharing your awesomeness in the classroom through video but she was not the first one to be so brave.
Sarah had A LOT of amazing information to share with us about movement and games. For those detailed notes, visit www.deskfree.wordpress.com
Ashley walks us through a reset with a struggling class this year. Ashley and the class had been struggling along all year and most of her regular techniques to help struggling classes had not been working. They stopped everything they were doing towards language acquisition and got together as a group to problem solve and get back on track.
The problem: Students would come in and not quite know what to do. They’re supposed to come in, stand in a circle, and we start chatting and moving into a game. They were not understanding this process and were still using English when they weren’t supposed to. They were not committed to all target language use. They would argue when they didn’t understand or weren’t being understood and wouldn’t take the time to stay in the TL and revert to English.
For the solution and resources she mentioned as well as detailed notes, visit www.deskfree.wordpress.com
Resources and links mentioned on the show:
Sarah Breckley on Twitter @SarahBreckley
Ashley Uyaguari on Twitter @profeashley
For detailed notes on both segments, visit www.deskfree.wordpress.com