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Teaching during a pandemic

  • 03/18/2021 3:34 PM
    Message # 10210888

    Hello my dear colleagues!

    This has been a very interesting year, we have laughed, we have cried, we have had projects that did not work at all, and we have had projects that worked wonders! We have adjusted our methodologies, curricula, and everything in between. 

    Please, share one thing that has worked for you in this year, something that made you smiled while teaching during a pandemic.

  • 03/18/2021 4:00 PM
    Reply # 10210971 on 10210888

    I am going to start with a plan that has worked really good with my students. I have a main language domain per day. My students love it!! It is a routine for them now, they know what aspect of the language we are emphasizing every day and they are always eager to work on the activity of the day.

    This is how I divided: Monday is speaking; it is perfect for Monday, they want to talk after a weekend without seeing their classmates. I usually have topics of their interest, presentations (this particular activity have helped a lot of shy students to be more open), discussions,etc.

    Tuesday: Reading, reading comprehension, and all types of activities that require reading and critical thinking.

    Wednesday: Writing, this includes narrating, informing, persuading, arguing, etc.

    Thursday: Listening, listening activities, songs, videos, etc.

    Friday is free reading, online games to practice the language, board games, etc.

    I usually have a topic per week or two weeks and all the activities of the domains gravitate around that topic. 

    My students have enjoyed some topics more that others, but in general they come ready to work every day.  The most important part is to see how they are improving their language skills and at the same time, they are also acquiring new assets that help them to be successful in their academic and social performance.

    Some of the topics I have used are: "Families around the world", "Places I want to visit", "Halloween", "Grammar is fun", "Halloween", The best movies", "My bank account", etc

    If you are interested in any of this, I can explain it deeply, and I would be glad to share the material with you.

    Now is your turn to share something too.

    Have a blessed day!

  • 03/19/2021 11:28 AM
    Reply # 10214325 on 10210888
    Ruth Harman

    Our research and social action collective in Athens and neighboring areas focuses on youth participatory action research in our summer programs. We use critical art making, discussion, geographical mapping, hip hop and other modalities to position multilingual learners and future language educators as agents of change. Our program supports participants in moving toward artistic representation of new visions for our area, our country, our globe through collective art making. We will present on our work at TESOL conference on March 25th at 2pm. The name of the session is Language Aware Teaching in Pandemic and Remote contexts.  We will offer the program this summer and will be inviting youth through this group to become members of it, given that our work will mostly be online this summer so we can have youth across the state. 


  • 03/22/2021 10:04 AM
    Reply # 10223890 on 10210888
    Alexandra Flowers

    Thank you Ruth Harman!! I love this idea! Keep us updated.

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