East High, Denver Colorado
SWCOLT Best of Show
To wake up a sleepy student : do the wake up cheer (using pompons)
Tu es fatigue? (Wake up cheer)
1. Un, deux, reveillons-nous
Professeur : Est-ce qu‘ Andrew a fait avec animation ?
La Classe : NON !
Professeur : Une autre fois (avec mucho animation)
Give money for « participation points » (maybe Euro‘s)
A possible interesting book to read: A Man With No Words – the story about someone
who didn‘t know what words were. He couldn‘t think ―That frustrated me‖ or ―I‘m sad‖.
Poder in Spanish ―We can‖- it is also the word for power. Language is power. As
language teachers, we almost have a super power. There was a study in Japan about a
lady who worked/cohabitated with bioaboos (from the chimp family) and they mastered
language (look it up online). So when the kiddos say that they can‘t learn, we say, ―even
monkeys can learn a language‖
Classroom Management- Your classroom management is ―Shiny‖. Kids are attracted to
Classroom Management + Immersion = Easy Math
The idea is that you know how to best manage your classroom and that you are able to
convey that expectation to your students in the target language, using comprehensible
Classroom management AS instruction- such as say ―UNE AUTRE FOIS‖
GIMMICKS: (songs are played over 70 times on the radio each week, so think of all of
this different practice words that you can use over and over in class that they won‘t ever
have to learn the words or write it down, they can just hear it over and over)
Pret? Pret? (sing-song voice) On est prêt!(sing song response)
Un, deux, silenc------ce (need to use their hands to show how long
That comment…… isn‘t necessary- Ce que tu as dit?
Ouvre les yeux (whisper) when someone is sleeping we get the whole class to
whisper with me until that person wakes up
Lavez les mains- when someone is going to the bathroom
Is this appropriate or in appropriate? OR Is this obligatory or not?
Respect! When a student disrespects someone else- we say
Negative???? Non! Positif! (encourage positivity in the classroom so that one
negative student doesn‘t
Suave or no es suave? When someone is texting- have the class decide if the
student was ―smooth‖ about their
Different kinds of applause – golf clapping, 3 claps,
Tres bien……mais non- when someone says something that is wrong, we pretend
at first like they are right, when they aren‘t really- ―no that‘s not right, that‘s left‖
or have the class shout for un, deux, trois, Ole!
―We want a goal‖ – kids can chant when they are in a group game at the board
when they want to win the point (said at soccer game)
―How barbaric!‖ when someone says something that is right, but they are on the
To taunt the other team when they are playing a game, they can shout ―Fear‖ or
say ―take that!‖
What about Kailah (students with an attitude)?
Assign phrase or character with an accent. In K‘s case, she reinforces the obvious by
declaring tin the most uppity attitude that she can muster (not too tough for her!). Such
as ―that‘s so obvious‖ by doing this, I‘ve told her ―OK- you like to have an attitude
Prochain- when we go to turn the page in a book, this person yells this out
Oh My Gosh
Bonjour, bienvenue en classe de francais, vous le savez!
N‘importe quoi !
Ce n‘est pas juste (song) (used when making up a story in class
Tu as raison- have some boy in class that has a deep voice that can say this in
Mais (when I get to a place in the story or in the middle of the class and I have
them repeat after me with a big whine in their voice)
Beat box- voila,voila
Use lots of different accents
o Laugh like a teletubby or like nelson in the simpsons or like a French guy
o Or like Rocky or like the godfather
o Like a Spanish guy
o Waterboy- si tu peux- yes you can (like Adam Sandler)
o Chappelle‘s show- Lil John
Use ―what‖or ―ya‖ all of the time
Nicknames for kids are student athletes
That‘s so ―JV‖ (gee vay) when they are not acting ―varsity‖ in class (call them
First one in class- rooster
Periscope- for the kid who puts his head down and then looks up for a second
every once in a while.
Use their names- such as if their last name is Roybal- Roy – ballon
Direction words: Set up an obstacle – blindfolded obstacle course in the room- they
have to use the target language to direct their partner- one person is blindfolded and the
other one is the ―driver‖
SELF NOTES- Anne Eastons email: email@example.com
Ruth Merrill email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to find Dave Nielson‘s pre-made books in French online
Accents: é (control, ‗ and then e) è control `(by the 1) and e
ACTIVITY: Coca Cola commercial where everyone is waving from youtube- listen,
type up the words and cut them into word strips and listen to the video again and again
and the kids put the word strips in order
Song: Il fait beau, il fait bon by Claude Francois when I‘m teaching the weather.
How to get « dialed in » to what the kiddos want
Go to yahoo.com or msn.com- ―top 10 searches‖ to help guide you so you can
personalize information in the class (in the early afternoon when the kiddos are online
Gnome and Giant- low level Simon Says where you are just essentially
saying ―small‖ or ―big‖
Animales- kiddos in a circle- one student points at another student and
they have to say – alligator- jaw, legs on the ground, and then the other
person turns around and is the tail, elephant- nose + ears
Pass the bottle- everyone is standing shoulder to shoulder and passing
the bottle behind their back and the person who is ―it‖ says ―do you have
it?‖ Everyone is saying over and over ―pass me the bottle‖- I see it, I see it
–someone holds up the bottle when the person who is it is looking the
Pass me the bottle
Do you have it?
I see it
I don’ t know Je sais pas-
Je- arm across your chest (kind of like the game zoom)- you put your
left or right arm to the opposite shoulder
Sais- arm across your chest
Pas- two palms together and throw it across the group- be very specific to
whom you ―throw‖ the sign. If you do the wrong hand signal- then you are out
and then you have the kids who are ―out‖ be the hecklers- the hecklers are just
going to say anything to distract the other students ―pantelon‖ or ―quatorze‖
You’re Out! Everyone says it when someone screws up
Look Up. Look Down (voici, voila). You have to look at someone else
and if you make eye contact and then you are out
Bragging Parents- partner people with ―sait‖ and ―a‖ – what my kid has
and what my kid knows- ie my kid has a Porsche, my kid knows algebra, my
kid has a million dollars, my kid knows how to sing like beyonce, etc.
Whomever can go the longest is the winner.
Speed dating- don‘t‘ have the kids be themselves- they have to be someone
else. You are having a speed date with Obama or Beyonce, etc. One version:
The kids would get to pick their personality from pop culture. Another
version (maybe for jr high kids) You can also try to have them hook up their
friends. At the end, have the kids report back to you about who they wanted to
o ―J‘ai choisi……. Johnny Depp parce-qu‘il est le plus beau et il parle
Improv Theatre- level 2‘s in February they are about ready for it. 6 students in
a group. First do the bell ringer and then say, ―Okay, you have 10 minutes to
write a script‖ and then have the kids yell out ideas like ―Where are they?‖ ―in the
Improv Theater Improv Theater
Tous en francais 1 2 3 4 5 Tous en francais 1 2 3 4 5
Parler 3 fois 1 3 5 Parler 3 fois 1 3 5
Utiliser 3 mots de vocabulaire 1 3 5 Utiliser 3 mots de vocabulaire 1 3 5
Prendre un risque 1 2 3 4 5 Prendre un risque 1 2 3 4 5
20 points 20 points
The six people get about 45 seconds to use all of their vocabulary words and for me to
grade all of them and then I stomp my foot and make a circle around the classroom with
my arm and then the rest of the class is invited to be in the improve play also.
For example: The scene is : Jersey Shore- go.
**Make sure that you set up the environment that the kids know that they aren‘t going
to be allowed to make fun of each other and that everyone is respectful.
**Also, let the ones who go first go at the end again if they want to try to fix up their
Ocho Cinco- they invent a celebration danse that has to be 10 seconds long and
that uses 2 vocabulary words- it has to be absurd- it can be because they got their
nails done or an A on their test or they got a date to a dance.
Cavemen-use the improv theatre rubric- they are in their cave and some item
shows up in their cave- such as a hat or a cell phone—they get to pick the object.
They have to make guesses about what the object is.
Reading Big Books- kindergarten day Also- show and tell is a great activity-tell
the kiddos what you are studying and have them bring that item to the kids- plug
in the yellow cord from the video camera into the lcd projector and have the
most disruptive student in charge of recording and the second most disruptive
student (look on Dave Nielsen‘s work on the wikispaces) or look at
o Also, when you do body parts and have the kids video tape and
do close ups on the others in the class- ―le nez‖- ―l‘oreille‖
Mathematiques: The month before the state assessment, ask what I can help
reinforce with the kiddos, such as multiplication- ask the Math. Do negative
numbers, such as 5-6= -1
Or Ca vaut combien?- show a lottery ticket- $5, show a book that they
might know about – such as in ipod- show it on a powerpoint- show 2
ipods. Each one is worth $149, but there are 2 of them, so the amount is
$298, but wait, there is a 10% discount, so how much are they?
What about air jordans?
What about play station?
What about the new ………. Album?
A Jackson Pollack painting- $140 million dollars- the most expensive item ever
sold in a public auction
How much is Michael Jordan worth? He‘s worth less since he is divorced, he is
worth $480 million dollars
White house- 308 million dollars- it used to be worth 6 %more in 2007, how
much was it worth then- $327 million dollars.
How to make a ghetto white board-
have kids write on their desks with dry erase markers
or use a plastic slip covers with a piece of card stock in them
STREET SIGNS- Have the kiddos write down their response to what they think
street signs are–such as ―for sale‖ etc that is made for native speakers and not for
them- get them from google images. Write on the slide ―Tu as raison ou tu as tort‖
and then the kids- like on a sign for ―slow‖ –It‘s not fast or behave yourself – it
Police Municipale- it‘s not the town police- it‘s the municipal police
Entrada- its not the exit, what service costs $25 it says parking entrance
Prezi.com-it‘s web-based and you can store all your info on their
Cell phones- as a learning tools instead of as a disruption (funny clip from Clueless that
shows the kids in the line at PE and they all have cell phones). If students write notes to
each other in class, we don‘t ban pencils. (LOL). If we use the cell phones in our
classrooms, we can get a computer into the hands of every kids (even the cell phones we
use now are more powerful computers than we used to get the man on the moon.) We
set up an expectation that when cell phones are out, but they are used for learning…..
ask to be the ―pilot program‖.
PollEverywhere.com- this is a great way to see what is on the kids minds. You
can do multiple choice polls or you can have an open ended answer and they are
texting in their answers, such as:
Smart phone vs dumb phones- what issues should we be aware of before
introudicing phone friendly lessons? Test 44813 and your answer TO 99503
o Videotaping stuff that is going on in your classroom and put on fb
o What about kids who don‘t‘ have cell phones? You don‘t want to create an
environment of have‘s and have nots
Have the kids work in a group- have a survey so I can partner kids
who have unlimited text and have apps on their phone and then set
them up with partners
o The kids text faster than the teacher so they answer the questions and then
are move on to texting their friends so that now we are also disrupting the
o Go to the administrator and have them come watch you use the cell phone
in the class
IDEAS FOR GOOD CELL PHONE USE:
As an Agenda: Use their cell phones to write down assignments, tests, French
Photo notes- take picture
Evidence of Attendance- to show that you went to a museum, for instance take a
picture of you with the band member, etc.
Check Spelling on their texts or you can switch your language
Recording device- get a native speaker to speak and record it or have them call
and leave me a message on my school phone.
As a side note- set up the classroom culture that the kids are not allowed to use
the online translator because that is plagiarism and they are using words they
Google phone number- his number is 740-4SENORG (this is free) you can get it
from your google account
http://qrcode.kaywa.com (we will see later on this afternoon in the computer
www.wiffiti.com This is the idea of the back channel-when the teacher is
speaking and they are the first source, but the rest of us are having other thoughts
and other things we want to share.
o If you have questions and I didn‘t call on you- you can make sure that kids
get to say their thoughts. OR it can be used as the ―front channel‖ where I
say, we are going to write a 5 page book about this picture- use the
vocabulary words and dial in.
o They are getting writing practice and the screen is moving and the learning
is going on because they waiting for their message to come up on the
Possible Behavior Problems-make sure we set this up ahead of time
and say, this is the same thing as if you were to say it out loud.
If someone writes a bad word, then the activity is done- I am still
going to call your mom and you are still going to see the office
Personal Teacher Help Desk- offer to buy a kid a soda for showing you how to use
some specific website-it will only cost you $1.
Twitter- 15 great educational uses for twitter- you can get it is an
email or you can do it some other way
o 1. PLN- professional learning network (most teachers who are on twitter
don‘t‘ actually tweet, they just read what the other teachers write- you can
always just unfollow someone if you don‘t like what they are saying)
o 2. What are they saying on Twitter
o 3. Collaborative storytelling
ED MODO- self contained version of twitter- they can either talk to the whole class or
to me, but not just have side conversations- so I can make sure that there are no
inappropriate conversations- and if we have enough
o 4. Mystery Science Theatre- tell me what about what we are watching-
I want you to text it in(like Beevus and Butthead) with them conversing in
realtime- so they are responding to what someone else has said- like
watching the Latin Grammys.
o 5. Homework/test reminders
o 6. Extra credit/announcements
o 7. Discussions with experts- see if you can skpe with some experts or
follow them on
o 8. Exit ticket- no need to waste paper- they might need more processing
time, so they can send in the info later
o 9. Sharing links to resources/extended learning
o 10.Word a day
o 11. Caption contest- writing and reading practice- find the most bizarre
picture- 3 days later, write all of the captions on the board, pick the best
one, print the picture and put the best caption on it and put it on the board
o 12. Twitenactment- see Newt Gingrinch
o 13. Vote on twtpoll.com or use the other one that is on google
o 14.Pre assessments
o 15. Checks for understanding
Ringtone- audacity or ……? Have the kids make a hybrid ringtone of some
popular song- such as Sauta Sauta (for Jump, Jump)