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Embracing Belonging through Kindness

If we want our learners to use kind words when they speak to and about one another, we need to get intentional.

Snack and Chat

Snack time is a daily activity which provides an opportunity for practicing turn-taking in conversations, expressing likes and dislikes, and asking and answering simple questions.

Show and Share Question Wheel

Learn how I teach questioning vocabulary by playing three questions and three guesses during Show and Share times.

Body Movement Chants

Moving our bodies while speaking is a fun way to practice critical vocabulary. That is why I love to make up little chants to match up with broader themes.

Post Office Play Centre (Part 3)

Teaching students how to play using a purchase exchange dialogue is a great way to model everyday language to young learners. Here is how I do it in at the Post Office.

Post Office Play Centre (Part 2)

I like to schedule the play time very early in the day if my hope is that some kids will choose to play in French - this is cognitively challening work! Here is how I do it.

Post Office Play Centre (Part 1)

Recent studies show that immersion teachers feel like they have resources to support the teaching of reading and writing, but very few to support the teaching of oral language.

Do You See What I See?

There are many ways to introduce the idea of looking closely. Provocations involving things from the real world together with magnifying glasses are an easy first step.

Story Retelling: A Classroom Staple

Intentional teaching is huge. Start by sharing a story orally, with the intent that the learners will be able to retell the story themselves (not read it from a book).

Let’s Talk About Feelings

Social-emotional learning is important for kids as humans. I’m grateful to see a holistic approach to education which teaches to the heart, body, AND mind.

Speaking Routines (Part 2)

Closed questions are a very important tool for scaffolding oral language production because the language needed to answer the question is presented in the question.
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