Using student interest to provoke learning

When teaching language, I think a lot of our content can be enhanced by adding elements of what the students love into it, even when the topic itself isn’t that engaging. For example, we have recently been learning vocabulary about the house and furniture or items that are found in rooms in the house. Harry Potter has recently piqued the interest and enthusiasm of my 3rd Grade class, so I thought this would be a great way to teach key vocabulary under the ruse of exploring their passion for Harry Potter. We collectively described what we think Harry’s room looks like, pointing out important French words related to the topic and then the students drew and labelled pictures of Harry’s room. This led on nicely for students to write a description of their own room.



New Year’s Resolutions

I thought the New Year would be a perfect opportunity for students to start talking about the future and what they ‘will’ do or would like to do; in other words, introducing the future tense in a simple and very authentic way.

Some of you (parents) will have had emails from me this week: I have been using a program called Evernote to record student work – I use the iPad to take a picture of whatever they’ve been working on, and then conference with them for a quick 2-3 minutes so they can tell me about their work. I find it is a great way of record-keeping and documenting student progress. I look forward to being able to look back on student work in a few months’ time so they themselves can see the growth in their learning and identify their goals for future learning. Click on this link for an example of how I use it in my classroom!


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