Teaching Courses for excellence in your Community Language School
Free for NSW Community Language Schools
Planning: Write a Teaching Program (Scope and Sequence)
A Teaching Program is like a map (with not much detail) for the learning journey you want to share with your students. It's where you start your planning, thinking about the big picture of your lesson content for each term.
Learn how to write a Teaching Program.
Classroom Management: Preventative Strategies
There are lots of things you can do to prevent disruptive and anti-social behaviour from happening in your class.
My favourite is to use the beautiful behaviour flashcards, in language, to establish and reinforce the behaviour we want to see. Access these flashcards and lots more in this course.
Actively Engage Learners & Do Formative Assessment: Using Questions
Learn about the type of questions to ask, the importance of the pause, and really listening to the answer to use it as formative assessment.
Actively Engage Learners & Do Formative Assessment: Pair-share and Pointing
The 2022 NSW Modern Languages syllabus states that communication is the central goal in language learning.
The Pair-share is a perfect way to give students opportunities to strengthen their communication skills. Learn how to set it up for success.
Pointing is an active way for students to engage with print that gives you feedback for your formative assessment.
Actively Engage Learners & Do Formative Assessment: Call non-volunteers
Do you always call on students who raise their hand to give an answer? Or do you call on students randomly?
Both approaches are useful, but not many teachers call on non-volunteers. In this course learn why this is a great strategy to use in your teaching.
Actively Engage Learners & Do Formative Assessment: Mini Whiteboards
I love using mini whiteboards in language classes. They are a powerful and engaging way to get every student to write in language and when you invite them to "chin it", you get feedback in an instant on everyone's learning.
In this course, learn lots of different ways to use the mini whiteboard in your language class.
Also learn how to make your own low-cost mini whiteboards.
Feedback: Introducing Feedback for Excellent Teaching
Giving great feedback improves student learning, research shows this to be true.
Feedback is a really important part of your students' learning.
Learn what makes feedback great in this course.