The Conference featuring noted teacher and expert Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez from the Dalton School in New York City. In attendance were teachers from not only AAS but Teach for Bulgaria, the American College of Sofia, the American International School of Budapest, the American School of Warsaw, the International School of Krakow, and the Anglo-American School of Moscow.
Sessions focused on student motivation for language learning, culture in the classroom, and project-based learning. Teachers also spent time learning about the use of folktales and fables in the language classroom.
Using folktales in the classroom supports our school-wide goal of differentiating learning for students at varying levels. This approach also reinforces classroom content and allows us to teach grammar and vocabulary in context.
In studying project-based learning, attendees created fantasy trips using realia -- objects from real life in the target language, such as transportation tickets, museum exhibits, concert tickets, photos, newspaper clippings, and maps. Teachers also discussed the criteria for selecting student performance tasks and assessments, developing key questions such as:
- Does the assessment use engaging tasks from the real world?
- Is the task clearly defined?
- Does the task truly match the outcomes you’re trying to measure?
- Does the task require students to use critical thinking skills?
Resources for language teachers unable to attend the conference in at the Anglo-American School of Sofia can be found at miscositas.com.