Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Math Websites

I have, thankfully, stumbled upon two new and amazing (yes...FRENCH) math websites. I have added them to my "Math" page, but here they are as well. 

Math Frog - Grade 4-6. Complete units, games, and lessons to go along with all strands of Ontario curriculum. 

JeuxMaths -  Great website with a ton of games, worksheets, crossword puzzles and more - in French!!!

If you have any French Math websites, please share!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Liebster Award

Something made my day today - Leah from Teacher Talk nominated me for the Liebster Award. I have no idea what it means or what it is, nevertheless, it was exciting! Especially since it is meant for bloggers with 200 followers or less - that is definitely me! :) 

The idea, I guess, is that I post a bunch of random facts about myself, answer the questions that Leah has posted and then nominate 11 other blogs and post a list of my own questions to them. I agree with the others that it sounds like a lot of work, but if it means that more people will be able to connect and share ideas because of it, I am all in! (See the bottom of this post for the "real" meaning behind the Liebster Blog Award)

So here are 11 facts about myself:
1. I was born in The Netherlands
2. I have a younger brother
3. I bite my nails way too often!
4. I love playing squash.
5. I speak 4 languages. 
6. I like making funny voices. 
7. I played the violin for 15 years. 
8. I lived in Chile, El Salvador, and Mexico
9. I am obsessed with Glee and everything about it. 
10. I had coffee with President Uribe of Colombia
11. In the past 4 years I have had over 10 Xrays done (needles to say I'm clumsy).

Leah's Questions:
1. Favorite country you have visited?
2.  Healthy baking or tasty baking?Tasty Baking - is there any other kind?
3.  Who is your hero?
My mother.
4.  Are you introverted or extroverted?
5.  Biggest splurge purchase you have ever made?
Buying my first car.  
6.  Something you are proud of?
Being a teacher. 
7.  Christmas break or summer holidays?
Summer holidays. 
8. Worst part about teaching?
There is none. 
9. Best job perk?
Being able to use my funny voices at work and not get stared at like I have 3 heads (AKA being able to be a kid at work).
10. coffee or tea?
11. Best gift from a student?
 An appreciative letter including a bracelet.  

Blog nominations:

***The real "gist" of the Liebster Award is that there is no real award. There are no judges, no special rules. No website with an official team to congratulate you and hold your hand. It's mostly what you want it to be. If you receive the award, you can 1) accept it and 2) pass it along. It's that easy.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Show and Tell en Français

Well... my new year's resolution of posting a blog once a week was clearly wishful thinking. Nevertheless, happy new year to everyone! I hope you were as excited as I was to get back into the classroom! I felt so recharged, refreshed, and full of new ideas!

The first thing I wanted to do with the students was a show and tell en Français. We spent the first couple of months reviewing grammar, getting comfortable speaking in French around each other, and learning a ton of new French words. Now it is time to put all of that together. Here are the links (to Google Docs) to the rubric and outline I used. The rubric is for a 3/4 French Immersion class in Ontario, Canada. Let me know if you find it useful. 

If you are also teaching a French class, what are some ways you are getting back into the swing of things? What sorts of projects do you do to get the students to speak more in French? 

Click here for the outline.
Click here for the rubric.