#EarlyLang Archive

This biweekly chat is for early language educators - FLES and elementary immersion teachers. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm EST

Wednesday May 16, 2018
8:00 PM EDT

  • SraTewes May 16 @ 8:00 PM EDT
    Alright, #earlylang @SenoritaOlsen wins the prize for reminding me about tonight--perfect timing. Gracias, amiga mia 😀
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:01 PM EDT
    Welcome to #EarlyLang chat! Tonight’s topic is Student Choice.
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:02 PM EDT
    We will be using a Q1/A1 format. So when answering Question 1, please include A1 in your answer. And don’t forget to use our hashtag! #EarlyLang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:03 PM EDT
    First, let’s get started w/ introductions. Tell us who you are, what you teach, and what’s your program/contact time like? #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:05 PM EDT
    Hello! I'm Julie, K-4 Spanish teacher in Maine. I see my kiddos twice a week, 30 mins each lesson. #earlylang
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:05 PM EDT
    Hi everyone, I’m Jenny and I’ll be co-mod tonight! I teach grades 3-5 Spanish, 20-min classes, every other day. #earlylang
  • rrrrrrrrrrrrosa May 16 @ 8:05 PM EDT
    Hi #earlyLang!!! I'm Rose from NY!! I'll be home in a bit!!
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:05 PM EDT
    Hi #earlylang! I’m Dorie and I teach Spanish grades 1-5 in Glastonbury, CT. I’ll be bouncing in and out tonight as I try to convince my 4 year old that he does, in fact, need to go to bed tonight. 😅
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:06 PM EDT
    Hola! I'm Valerie. I teach 4th-8th gr. Spanish in a Montessori school in Chicago. I'm excited to have @JL_Delf as co-pilot tonight:) #earlylang
  • SenoritaOlsen May 16 @ 8:07 PM EDT
    Hola! Melissa here from WI. I teach 1st-5th grade Spanish, 90 minutes a week #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:07 PM EDT
    Welcome! Q1 is coming up in a just a minute #EarlyLang
  • SraTewes May 16 @ 8:07 PM EDT
    Hola! I'm Emily from WI. I teach K-3 Spanish 3x times weekly for 30 minutes #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:08 PM EDT
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:09 PM EDT
    Q1: How do you define student choice and voice in the #earlylang classroom?
  • IteachHola May 16 @ 8:10 PM EDT
    Colleague of Dorie here in G’bury, CT. I teach G1, G3, G4, G5. #EarlyLang
  • MoyerWorldLang May 16 @ 8:10 PM EDT
    Hi! I’m Silvia and I teach K-5 Spanish 45 min, once a week. Sorry I’m late! #earlylang
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:10 PM EDT
    A1: for me, really tuning into their interests and talking about THEM gives them voice. #earlylang
  • nathanlutz - Moderator May 16 @ 8:11 PM EDT
    Nathan from NJ. I teach French to Jr Pre-K through grade 5. #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:11 PM EDT
    R1: I view choice at the primary level to be principally about adding personalization to our activities; as well, the opportunity to make decisions & choose outcomes for a variety of activities, routines, & class community #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:11 PM EDT
    Q1 I think of choice as some self selection either between tasks or within a task #earlylang
  • nathanlutz - Moderator May 16 @ 8:11 PM EDT
    A1: I tend to think of voice and choice in terms of projects - topics, pathways, etc. #earlylang
  • IteachHola May 16 @ 8:12 PM EDT
    A1 let Ss direct some of the convo on special/particular days. Listen to them and run with it. #EarlyLang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:12 PM EDT
    If you're just joining us, we're on Q1 How do you define student choice and voice in the #earlylang classroom?
  • rrrrrrrrrrrrosa May 16 @ 8:13 PM EDT
    A1: I don't really care what activity they choose (in centers) so whatever they filter to is fine by me #earlylang
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:13 PM EDT
    A1 allowing my students to guide and influence our daily interactions. Reminding myself that language learning is about the student, not about me or “my” curriculum. #earlylang
  • SraTewes May 16 @ 8:13 PM EDT
    A1: Students getting to chose what's important to them, how they practice, how they show what they know #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:15 PM EDT
    R1: I also see choice as students having a say in what they are learning about, when appropriate. There are a number of ways students can explore more about their interests while still maintaining commonalities #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:15 PM EDT
    In Montessori we call this the prepared environment. Really whatever they choose, based on their needs, desires, they'll get something out of it--or even more, because the choices have been carefully planned. #earlylang
    • rrrrrrrrrrrrosa May 16 @ 8:13 PM EDT
      A1: I don't really care what activity they choose (in centers) so whatever they filter to is fine by me #earlylang
  • IteachHola May 16 @ 8:15 PM EDT
    A1 Sometimes there are special activities that have taken place, run with it! They want to (try) to use vocab. Let them go and encourage them. #EarlyLang
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:15 PM EDT
    Love this. #earlylang
    • SraTewes May 16 @ 8:13 PM EDT
      A1: Students getting to chose what's important to them, how they practice, how they show what they know #earlylang
  • MaestraAubreyCT May 16 @ 8:16 PM EDT
    Rebecca, PreK-4 Spanish, about 20-35 minutes every 4 days this year. Sorry I’m late! #earlylang
  • SenoritaOlsen May 16 @ 8:16 PM EDT
    Allowing students choice in their responses to questions, choice in who they work with on a task or choice in the way they complete a project #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:16 PM EDT
    I think you are referring to what I call 'choice within structure', ie, students exercise choice within a limited set of options #earlylang
    In reply to @windycitysenora
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:16 PM EDT
    Well hello there @kapriceman ! Welcome! #earlylang
    • kapriceman May 16 @ 8:16 PM EDT
      I view choice as a primary element of human dignity. On the first day of class, I always tell students they can say "no gracias" if they choose not to answer a question or do a task. Of course, I take notice and use this info.
      In reply to @windycitysenora
  • nathanlutz - Moderator May 16 @ 8:17 PM EDT
    Yes! We tend to glom into vocabulary and topics that interest us or are relevant to our existence #earlylang
    In reply to @doriecp
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:17 PM EDT
    Yes! Absolutely! #earlylang
    In reply to @MundodePepita
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:17 PM EDT
    A1. It’s also all about listening and building relationships. Valuing each student, yes, even *that* student. #earlylang
  • MoyerWorldLang May 16 @ 8:17 PM EDT
    R1: I let students have as much control as possible but this is tough for me. I want them to have as much choice and voice as they do in mainstream classes but it’s a challenge. I’ve been thinking of this a lot with the PBL push #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:17 PM EDT
    We're really moving along! Q2 is coming up shortly! #EarlyLang
  • MaestraAubreyCT May 16 @ 8:17 PM EDT
    A1: Ideally, I like to start by identifying my essential question and end goals, and letting students decide how to get their. Choice in what to learn, how to learn, and how to demonstrate learning. #earlylang
  • wheelej1231 May 16 @ 8:18 PM EDT
    @ #earlylang I am Jay Wheeler and I teach high school Spanish 75 minutes a day in NC.
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:18 PM EDT
    Our assistant principal gave us an overview of a workshop she went to about choice-a big takeaway: w unlimited choice, many kids get overwhelmed & break down, are blocked b/c they have too many choices #earlylang
    In reply to @windycitysenora
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:19 PM EDT
    Q2. What are the advantages of providing student choice? #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:19 PM EDT
    Oh my goodness yes! #earlylang
    In reply to @MundodePepita
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:20 PM EDT
    This is SO true. They need a structure, solid, limited paths. Too much choice is like a scary abyss! #earlylang
    • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:18 PM EDT
      Our assistant principal gave us an overview of a workshop she went to about choice-a big takeaway: w unlimited choice, many kids get overwhelmed & break down, are blocked b/c they have too many choices #earlylang
      In reply to @windycitysenora
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:20 PM EDT
    I see it in myself, too! #whatsfordinner? #earlylang
    In reply to @windycitysenora
  • IteachHola May 16 @ 8:20 PM EDT
    Metacognition! #EarlyLang
  • SenoritaOlsen May 16 @ 8:20 PM EDT
    A2 students take more interest in the task and feel more accountable for their learning #earlylang
  • wheelej1231 May 16 @ 8:21 PM EDT
    I let Ss have major input in the very beginning with class rules/expectations. #earlylang
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:21 PM EDT
    Q2 up! What are the advantages of providing student choice? #earlylang
  • MaestraAubreyCT May 16 @ 8:21 PM EDT
    A2: Empowers students; embedded differentiation; engages; taps into multiple intelligences; opportunity for students to work in their comfort zone and push them out of their comfort zone. #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:21 PM EDT
    This is so very true in #earlylang--choice within structure. But really, my big kids need it too! #earlylang
    • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:18 PM EDT
      Our assistant principal gave us an overview of a workshop she went to about choice-a big takeaway: w unlimited choice, many kids get overwhelmed & break down, are blocked b/c they have too many choices #earlylang
      In reply to @windycitysenora
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:21 PM EDT
    especially when asking for them to produce language in concert w the choice #deerintheheadlights #earlylang
    In reply to @JL_Delf
  • kellycondon May 16 @ 8:21 PM EDT
    Can’t be present for the #earlylang chat tonight but looking forward to reading all the great ideas shared about student choice tomorrow!
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:22 PM EDT
    We're on Q2 #EarlyLang
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:22 PM EDT
    A2. It lets students know they are valued and that they matter. #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:22 PM EDT
    A2: Greater buy in and sense of belonging when kids get to have a voice in the process #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:22 PM EDT
    THIS!!!!!! #earlylang
    • doriecp May 16 @ 8:22 PM EDT
      A2. It lets students know they are valued and that they matter. #earlylang
  • MaestraAubreyCT May 16 @ 8:23 PM EDT
    A2: Just to speak to the power of it, I had a student with severe social anxiety; he wouldn’t present in any of his classes. He chose to do a project for me out of leggos and was so proud of it that he volunteered to present. His mom cried when I told her. #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:24 PM EDT
    #earlylang
    • wheelej1231 May 16 @ 8:23 PM EDT
      A2 Ss need to take more owndership of their learning and giving them choice is the best way to relay that message.
      In reply to @windycitysenora
  • SraTewes May 16 @ 8:24 PM EDT
    A2: Student choice helps significantly with student buy-in. They are more interested, engaged in the learning if they chose how or what, etc. #earlylang
  • IteachHola May 16 @ 8:24 PM EDT
    A2. Now the class appears Ss directed and not teacher directed; though we will direct it to out needs and lesson #EarlyLang
  • MoyerWorldLang May 16 @ 8:24 PM EDT
    R2: Students are more invested for sure when they have ownership of what they are learning. This can even pay off in the most important ways and even sometimes overlooked ones, like less problems with classroom management #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:24 PM EDT
    so incredibly sweet! #earlylang
    In reply to @MaestraAubreyCT
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:24 PM EDT
    A2 it also keeps the curriculum fresh for me. Nothing worse than teaching the same thing as a decade ago! #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:24 PM EDT
    A2. I am bowled over by how much you all love the children in your classes. Seriously tearing up. #earlylang
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:26 PM EDT
    I love off-topic convo for this reason. It may seem off-topic to them, but I’m still getting in reps of high-freq structures, and vocal that is relevant to them. #earlylang
    • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:24 PM EDT
      A2. I am bowled over by how much you all love the children in your classes. Seriously tearing up. #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:26 PM EDT
    #earlylang
    • kapriceman May 16 @ 8:26 PM EDT
      Since I allow my students to lead me, providing a choice (of 2-3) enables me to assess their comfort level, interest, and motivation. They learn by doing, I learn by watching.
      In reply to @windycitysenora
  • nathanlutz - Moderator May 16 @ 8:26 PM EDT
    A2 - choice gives Ss agency and independence. It allows you to really get to know them on a personal level - and build a relationship. Very important if you have them many years in a row like I do (8 years!) #EarlyLang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:26 PM EDT
    A1- Christelle in Ottawa, Canada just getting back from a walk on this beautiful evening. I teach grades 3-6 extended French. That means I see the students for a quarter of their day for the most part. #earlylang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:26 PM EDT
    A1- I am trying to incorporate more centres or in class. Actually planning to take my centres outdoors tomorrow for #outdoorclassroomday. I try not to force Ss to do all tasks- offer variation. #earlylang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:26 PM EDT
    A1- also trying to ensure Ss are doing the most talking- hopefully in the TL. #earlylang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:26 PM EDT
    Q2- With student choice, there is higher motivation, more ownership and more possibilities because everything isn’t set in stone. #earlylang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:27 PM EDT
    Excellent answer :) I think with choice, extra encouragement is sometimes necessary though to get them out of their comfort zone/preferred activity and taking risks/trying something new. #earlylang
    • MaestraAubreyCT May 16 @ 8:21 PM EDT
      A2: Empowers students; embedded differentiation; engages; taps into multiple intelligences; opportunity for students to work in their comfort zone and push them out of their comfort zone. #earlylang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:27 PM EDT
    A2- Student choice reduces student stress. #earlylang
  • IteachHola May 16 @ 8:27 PM EDT
    A picture is worth a thousand words. I can go on and on and on with one photo directing the start of my class, thanks to EE. #EarlyLang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:27 PM EDT
    This is where 'news of the day' can be so powerful! I don't do it formally, but kids always have something to tell me when they arrive, which can lead to some hilarious, yet high learning convos! #earlylang
    In reply to @JL_Delf
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:28 PM EDT
    OK, this chat is flying by--it's already time for Q3?! #earlylang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:28 PM EDT
    I have been joining in, but apparently tweets weren’t going out! Looks like problem is fixed. #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:28 PM EDT
    Q3 In what context/types of activities do we offer choice? #earlylang
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:28 PM EDT
    Yes, this is an area where #earlylang is often different than working with older Ss, we keep our kiddos for so many years! It’s important to get to know them early and keep their interests and personalities in mind.
    In reply to @nathanlutz
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:29 PM EDT
    #jealous That is something I often would love... to have them much longer so I could continue to see them grow, change, & flourish! #earlylang
    In reply to @nathanlutz
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:29 PM EDT
    This is the gift of #earlylang--the long term relationship:)
    In reply to @nathanlutz
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:29 PM EDT
    I can’t remember, did you join us for our last chat that was all about centers? If not you should check out the summary for some ideas #earlylang
    In reply to @_MadameH
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:30 PM EDT
    Q3 ready to go! In what context/type of activities do we offer choice? #earlylang
  • MaestraAubreyCT May 16 @ 8:30 PM EDT
    Q3: Couple of answers ... project-based learning. Set clear desired outcomes, and choice in how they learn and show their learning. #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:30 PM EDT
    That's a really good point! Our gen ed teachers were talking about this recently at a staff mtg regarding book choices for reading (fiction vs non fiction, etc) #earlylang
    In reply to @_MadameH
  • MaestraAubreyCT May 16 @ 8:30 PM EDT
    Q3: Choice in a specific class period on how to learn about a specific topic, i.e. watch a video, direct instruction with Maestra, books, game ... all on the same topic, but they choose which one #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:31 PM EDT
    I can imagine! I often don't see my kiddos again, or very rarely, if we run into each other in town #earlylang
    In reply to @nathanlutz
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:31 PM EDT
    Q3 I've really been emphasizing the personal vocab/lang chunk list. The ss self select what they need to say on the tasks--and cannot exceed expectations without them. #earlylang
  • nathanlutz - Moderator May 16 @ 8:32 PM EDT
    A3: With my upper level classes, they have a section of their notebook that is their personal dictionary - any words they love or want to know. #EarlyLang
  • MaestraAubreyCT May 16 @ 8:32 PM EDT
    A3: This year my 4th graders choose their centers each class. They are set centers, all related to a theme. Different skills (speaking, listening, creating, writing, etc.) Over the course of several classes they need to hit up a certain number of modes. #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:33 PM EDT
    A3 I do a lot w choice around activities we do: greetings, songs, choosing a stuffie to hold, partners (sometimes!) , games etc #earlylang
  • SraTewes May 16 @ 8:33 PM EDT
    A3: I can definitely work on offering choice to students more often. This year I let 3rd graders decide how they wanted to demonstrate learning during our Puerto Rico unit--they got to chose tech and topics shared #earlylang
  • IteachHola May 16 @ 8:33 PM EDT
    A3. Our curriculum is set, so I know what I must cover. However, the photos allow for choice of answers and some off-topic language. #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:33 PM EDT
    yes, that was a great chat! early April I think! #earlylang #fslchat
    In reply to @_MadameH, @doriecp
  • rrrrrrrrrrrrosa May 16 @ 8:34 PM EDT
    A2: my students are pretty good about filtering themselves into activities that match their interest, proficiency, and capability #EarlyLang
  • nathanlutz - Moderator May 16 @ 8:34 PM EDT
    A3: With my Can Do Statements for each unit, I always have blank ones so they can fill in their own goals. Sometimes they're silly goals but they;ve been getting better! ;-) #EarlyLang
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:34 PM EDT
    Yes! This is the reason I teach them how to use a dictionary responsibily (ie not translating, but looking up words that are very specific to them). I have learned so many new words over the years thanks to them! #earlylang
    In reply to @nathanlutz
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:35 PM EDT
    A3. Ex: my 4th graders are going to present a biome to the class. While every one needs to use those same hf words: es, hay, tiene, the ss choose what biome, and the vocab to describe it, plus the visual. #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:35 PM EDT
    how do you manage this when they all come back together? I find w my kiddos if there is too much personalized vocab, only the one kiddo knows what they are talking about #earlylang
    In reply to @windycitysenora
  • EarlyLang May 16 @ 8:35 PM EDT
    Tonight's #EarlyLang Chat is sponsored by https://t.co/3dNquCTFs1 Gracias, @kapriceman!
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:36 PM EDT
    A3- In drama, I had a couple of Ss who would not participate in the traditional way. They chose to become stage hands, prop designers and producers. Sometimes, everyone gets a choice. Sometimes, the ones who need it most for encouragement and success. #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:36 PM EDT
    we have a lot of front loading of same vocab, chunks at beginning. And everyone has some experience with each biome. The variation might be with a few animal names. #earlylang
    In reply to @MundodePepita
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:37 PM EDT
    A3 I also do a lot w kids making up their own details to stories (so changing parts of the storyline) to "customize" the story; also lots of activities about themselves, their families, their pets, their preferences that allow for choice in what they want to share #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:37 PM EDT
    ahhhhh! Thank you so much! something I frequently wonder about! #earlylang
    In reply to @windycitysenora
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:38 PM EDT
    Here ya go: https://t.co/36Ux6ieJJs #earlylang
    In reply to @MundodePepita, @_MadameH
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:38 PM EDT
    #earlylang
    • kapriceman May 16 @ 8:37 PM EDT
      I think you can offer choice in all types of activities, but you must be vigilant. Initially choice enables reluctant learners to take chances, and gives confident students a chance to break out. But you must structure choices so that all learners are challenged & nurtured.
      In reply to @windycitysenora
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:39 PM EDT
    Here comes Q4 #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:39 PM EDT
    Ok, yes! I did a similar thing w my 3rd graders, they got to choose an animal to learn more about (from a set # of choices) & then shared out-vocab was common across different "reports", but facts were different based on animal #earlylang
    In reply to @windycitysenora
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:39 PM EDT
    A3- sometimes the choices are larger- how to present something. Sometimes they are smaller- which centre do you want to start at today? Thinking about it now, I need to keep consciously offering more choices to students in various ways. #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:40 PM EDT
    Q4 When students work independently on choice activities, how do we ensure they stay in the TL?#earlylang
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:40 PM EDT
    SAME. #earlylang
    • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:39 PM EDT
      A3- sometimes the choices are larger- how to present something. Sometimes they are smaller- which centre do you want to start at today? Thinking about it now, I need to keep consciously offering more choices to students in various ways. #earlylang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:40 PM EDT
    Yes, I also offer choice in who shares. I reward those who do with reward points, but I don’t make everyone share if they don’t want to. #earlylang
    In reply to @MundodePepita
  • MaCristinaRV May 16 @ 8:41 PM EDT
    ¡Hola #earlylang! Cristina from Miami. Joining late and reading tweets to catch up, because I have no choice 😆
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:41 PM EDT
    Ready? Q4! When students work independently on choice activities, how do we ensure they stay in the TL?#earlylang
  • wheelej1231 May 16 @ 8:41 PM EDT
    A3 I call on Ss and give them 30 seconds to talk about anything they choose BUT they have to speak uninterrupted for 30 secs. #EarlyLang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:41 PM EDT
    If anyone else besides me is interested in looking at some great insights about centres from #earlylang chat- here you go! #ocsbfsl #fslchat
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:41 PM EDT
    I think choice is present & offered far more than we realize as teachers! #earlylang
    In reply to @_MadameH
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:42 PM EDT
    A4. I only offer choice activities of things the students have had enough input and practice with to do independently in L2. #earlylang
  • MaestraAubreyCT May 16 @ 8:42 PM EDT
    A4: My biggest challenge, so I would love to hear answers. I rely on a a lot of positive reinforcement. #earlylang
  • nathanlutz - Moderator May 16 @ 8:42 PM EDT
    A4: when in groups, I can get them to police ea other. On their own, different story. Interested to know what others do! #EarlyLang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:43 PM EDT
    A4: Plan activities which are familiar, provide scaffolding to support lang use, ensure activity is geared for their proficiency level #earlylang
  • wheelej1231 May 16 @ 8:44 PM EDT
    A4 It is the T’s responsibility to ensure continued TL by the follow-up questions. Teacher is challenged here as well. #EarlyLang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:44 PM EDT
    Q4- Keeping Ss in TL during freer activities is one of my biggest challenges!! Sometimes if they are too excited about the topic, the sharing is more important than communicating ideas with their limited TL skills. #earlylang
  • SraTewes May 16 @ 8:44 PM EDT
    A4: Creating a classroom culture that expects it, providing resources/helpful TL phrases posted in room, engaging with groups as the teacher #earlylang
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:44 PM EDT
    A4: if I have given them many reps of the structures they want to use, they use them. When I hear English, I know I need to provide more input with those phrases. #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:45 PM EDT
    Agree. I also learned from @TeachArriba a couple of years ago to teach explicitly the transactional language like" please pass me a pencil, scissor,glue" "Agree?" and then practice it before the ss are working on their own. #earlylang
    • doriecp May 16 @ 8:42 PM EDT
      A4. I only offer choice activities of things the students have had enough input and practice with to do independently in L2. #earlylang
  • IteachHola May 16 @ 8:45 PM EDT
    A4 Model before and circulate, repeating, ‘en español’, or ‘usa tu diccionario’., encouraging them stay in TL and use their book for the words they need. #EarlyLang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:46 PM EDT
    I think this is the great challenge whenever kids work outside of the 'big group'... sometimes I wonder if the expectation for them to stay entirely in the TL is realistic in these situations which begs the ? 'what is my priority?' #earlylang
    In reply to @nathanlutz
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:47 PM EDT
    A4 I shared this in our last chat, but I also created a flip book of Spanish for the phrases I most often hear them use in L1 (things like “it’s your turn”, “no peeking!”, etc) #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:47 PM EDT
    Great question! for me, the priority is enough CI/TL, and give choice within tasks they can do in the TL. #earlylang
    In reply to @MundodePepita, @nathanlutz
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:47 PM EDT
    I let students chat and have one go around recording on an iPad for accountability. It helps me hear and check more students than I can get around to. #earlylang
    In reply to @wheelej1231
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:47 PM EDT
    Admiring and acquiring. #earlylang
    In reply to @doriecp
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:47 PM EDT
    #earlylang
    • kapriceman May 16 @ 8:46 PM EDT
      Most choice activities are partner or small group. Students have "solo español" badges. As long as they are wearing their badge they can only speak Spanish. They can ask permission to take of badge, but don't like to, they figure another way to solve their communication issue.
      In reply to @windycitysenora
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:47 PM EDT
    I liken it to how many times they've watched their favorite movies (100s of times!)... & you can change details w/o changing the overall structure of the activity to keep it fresh #earlylang
    In reply to @SraTewes
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:48 PM EDT
    Here comes Q5: How do you maintain a common vocabulary while supporting student choice? #earlylang
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:48 PM EDT
    With only 20 minutes, I often choose to give input and have large group output, bc for me that’s my priority. #earlylang
    In reply to @MundodePepita, @nathanlutz
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:49 PM EDT
    That is my priority also, hence why I've been reluctant to try centers, for ex. I 'd rather structure lessons they can do in the TL-there are still loads of opportunities for choice within that #earlylang
    In reply to @windycitysenora, @nathanlutz
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:49 PM EDT
    Here comes Q5: How do you maintain a common vocabulary while supporting student choice? #earlylang
  • MaestraAubreyCT May 16 @ 8:49 PM EDT
    Q5: There might be a “must do” vocabulary list, and then they choose their own “can do” vocabulary. A word wall also works well. #earlylang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:49 PM EDT
    I hope I remember to do this for next year! At the very least an anchor chart that can be added to through the year. #earlylang
    • doriecp May 16 @ 8:47 PM EDT
      A4 I shared this in our last chat, but I also created a flip book of Spanish for the phrases I most often hear them use in L1 (things like “it’s your turn”, “no peeking!”, etc) #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:51 PM EDT
    I do this for sure--the cake and the icing. The icing is important to exceed expectations, but you've got to have the cake, too:) #earlylang
    In reply to @MaestraAubreyCT
  • doriecp May 16 @ 8:51 PM EDT
    A5. My goal is to use enough repetition of high frequency words that students acquire them. The more personalized vocabulary is usually lower frequency words, so I don’t generally stress about them. #earlylang
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:51 PM EDT
    A5: common structures, schema, pictures, reps. #earlylang
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:52 PM EDT
    Yes--I make that core vocab necessary to navigate the unit, with personal vocab more for ss personalization. #earlylang
    • doriecp May 16 @ 8:51 PM EDT
      A5. My goal is to use enough repetition of high frequency words that students acquire them. The more personalized vocabulary is usually lower frequency words, so I don’t generally stress about them. #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:52 PM EDT
    A5 This comes back to the 'choice within structure' for me. I provide choice, but it is limited & utilizes common vocab so the whole class community can take part (understand) in hearing/sharing what has been learned #earlylang
  • wheelej1231 May 16 @ 8:52 PM EDT
    A5 As I hear new words, I write them on the board and require the next three speakers to incorporate it in their responses. #EarlyLang
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:53 PM EDT
    You articulated my thoughts so well @doriecp! #earlylang
    • doriecp May 16 @ 8:51 PM EDT
      A5. My goal is to use enough repetition of high frequency words that students acquire them. The more personalized vocabulary is usually lower frequency words, so I don’t generally stress about them. #earlylang
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:55 PM EDT
    Q5- We do things they have had practice doing and can build on. I embrace mistakes and risk taking in the TL. If they forget or don’t use a familiar phrase on TL, I get them to repeat it after me. #earlylang
  • EarlyLang May 16 @ 8:55 PM EDT
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  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:56 PM EDT
    #EarlyLang
    • kapriceman May 16 @ 8:55 PM EDT
      I use a lot of authentic literature, art, music, of interest to students. That provides a common vocab. and function framework for interaction. (Managed) Choice comes in how students interact with the material and each other.
      In reply to @windycitysenora
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:56 PM EDT
    A5- And lots of anchor charts. #earlylang
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  • SenoritaBasom May 16 @ 8:57 PM EDT
    Hey #earlylang chat. Betsy, Los Angeles, Spanish Grades 3-6. I am joining very late, so I'll be unofficially slow chatting in tune with west coast time.
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:57 PM EDT
    Well #earlylang friends, it'a already time for RF: Reflaction!
  • EarlyLang May 16 @ 8:58 PM EDT
    Many thanks to the #EarlyLang chat team! Tonight's moderator, @windycitysenora, and co-moderator, @JL_Delf, knocked it out of the park! THANK YOU!!
  • _MadameH May 16 @ 8:59 PM EDT
    Thank you #earlylang for including me tonight 😊🇨🇦🇺🇸
  • nathanlutz - Moderator May 16 @ 8:59 PM EDT
    #EarlyLang - my Reflaction - stop being such a control freak.
  • JL_Delf May 16 @ 8:59 PM EDT
  • windycitysenora May 16 @ 8:59 PM EDT
    RF: I'm going to up my word wall game and make the flipbook @doriecp mentioned! #earlylang
  • MundodePepita May 16 @ 8:59 PM EDT
    RF Keep incorporating choice & looking for new ways to provide it! #earlylang
  • IteachHola May 16 @ 9:00 PM EDT
    A5 Repetition and spiraling with tightly articulated curriculum. Lessons are planned to pull together repetitive learned words and phrases. Must be meaningful planning by teacher. #EarlyLang