We Teach Languages Episode 19: Finding your Professional Community and Staying in the Target Language with Caleb Howard

In episode 19, Stacey talks with Caleb Howard, a K-5 Spanish teacher from New Jersey, about the impact professional development has made in his teaching. After attending his first ACTFL convention in 2012, Caleb reevaluated his target language use with his early language learners and started a blog to help others use 90%+ target language in the classroom.

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Show Notes

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Caleb teaches at Dr. William Mennies Elementary School, is the current foreign language teacher of the year for NECTFL and FLENJ, and was a featured speaker at this year’s national conference for the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers. Caleb has published over 100 posts on “Tuesday’s Tips For Staying In The Target Language,” and his resources have been accessed over 700,000 times. Having grown up in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Queens, NY, Caleb loves to help his students appreciate the beauty of cultural diversity. Ask him about PB&J in Costa Rica or solo indoor dining in La Ceibita, Nicaragua.

You can find Caleb Howard online…

www.SenorHoward.com

SenorHoward.com/blog

…on Twitter @HolaSrHoward

…by email hola@SenorHoward.com

 

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We Teach Languages Episode 18: Technology, Performance, and a Proficiency-Oriented Curriculum with Catherine Ousselin

In episode 18, Stacey interviews Catherine Ousselin, a secondary French teacher and coach from Washington, who discusses specific technologies and classroom practices that she employs in her classroom to motivate students to develop proficiency.

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Show Notes

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Scholars and resources mentioned on the show:

Catherine Ousselin is a French teacher from Washington state who holds the distinction of being the 2017 Pacific NW Council for Languages Teacher of the Year.  She is also a finalist for the ACTFL Teacher of the Year honor for 2018 and an avid technologist.

You can find Catherine Ousselin online…

…on Twitter @CatherineKU72 

…on her technology blog http://catherine-ousselin.org/technology.html

…on her proficiency blog http://proficiency.catherine-ousselin.org/

Resources Catherine mentioned…

the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French)

…the AATF French Teaching Resources wiki where you can find units, lessons, infographics, and more curated resources

…the AATF curated YouTube channel

…the AATF Pinterest account

…Twitter teacher chat #langchat

…EDpuzzle for adding quizzes to videos https://edpuzzle.com/

…SeeSaw digital portfolio tool https://web.seesaw.me/

 

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We Teach Languages Episode 13: Teacher of the Year, Culture, and Technology with Noah Geisel

In episode 13 of We Teach Languages, Stacey asks Noah about his experience as the 2013 ACTFL Teacher of the Year. Noah also shares resources and ideas for two of his favorite topics in language education: culture and technology.

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Show Notes

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Scholars and resources mentioned on the show:

You can find Noah Geisel online…

…on Twitter @SenorG

…on Medium @SenorG

… by text or voicemail (740) 4se-norG

Here’s the official announcement of Noah’s 2013 Teacher of the Year honor

Noah also mentioned a few language teachers who put their work out for people to see…

http://www.brycehedstrom.com/

http://www.benslavic.com/index.html

http://zachary-jones.com/zambombazo/

…Senora Sexton’s blog http://www.pblinthetl.com/

Resources Noah mentioned…

…Noah’s own artistas en espanol list

…hashtag on Twitter #autres

…Noah’s Google doc of culture activities

Slack

…weekly chat on Twitter #badgechat

…Recent conference Noah organized #badgesummit

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