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1  An Elementary L2 Exploratory Program: How We Do It All BONNY EINSTEIN French & Russian in the Elementary School North Colonie Central Schools -- Shaker High School 445 Watervliet--Shaker Road Latham, NY d

2 Goals of Round Table  Provide overview of our program.  Demonstrate communicative class using cultural artifacts.  Demonstrate interactive formative assessment that has students own their learning.  Provide example of summative assessment of cultural artifacts (SLO Post-Test).  Network!

3 Impact to Articulation  Prior to implementing the 5 th & 6 th grade exploratory program, we had exploratory in 7 th grade.  Previous program restricted students to exploring only 2 languages—one language a semester.  Since implementation of 5 th & 6 th grade program, 7 th grade has become a full year program. It provides a strong foundation for 8 th grade—which is still called Level 1.

4 Impact to Articulation  We now have 4 world languages 7-12—with college credit in grades 11 and 12. (Three years of Latin.)  Traditionally NY State Proficiency Exam – 8 th Grade; NY Regents Exam—10 th Grade  North Colonie continues the rigor of the pre-existing state assessments.

5 Barriers We Overcame: Pre-Common Core  6 Elementary Schools  4 World Languages: French, German, Russian & Spanish  Only 2 Full-Time Positions Were Budgeted  Each Grade Level has 3 Classes Each (24-30 Students/Grade)  Limited Time in Elementary Schedule  Limited Space in Elementary Buildings

6 WORKING SOLUTIONS  2 Languages per Teacher (Russian/French & German/Spanish)  Formal Implementation across 5 th & 6 th Grade  6-week Rotating Schedule Allows for 30 Days per Language per School  Tied to Social Studies Curriculum  Power Standards (Leverage & Endurance)

7 CONSIDERATIONS  The 2 Traveling FL Teachers are Isolated from the FL Department and from Each Other.  Physical Space Arrangements for FL Teachers’ Desk, Chair, & File Cabinets continue to be Problematic.  FL Teacher Must Move from Room to Room Rapidly with No Scheduled “Passing Time”  Creation of Curriculum, Assessment & Grading of Students  Push-In Scheduling of Grades 1-4

8 How We Do It  Supervisor Meets with Us on Ad Hoc Basis  Curriculum Development is Ongoing and Adaptive  We Continue to Teach our 5 th & 6 th Grade Schedules while Post-Testing and Moving to New Building  Our Photocopying is Done in Bulk at the High School.  Our Materials are Moved on our Carts the Penultimate Day of the Program  We Award Conduct and Effort Grades

9 Sample Rotation Schedule

10 Sample Lesson: Ivan IV  Formative Assessment is built into the lesson.  Demand 100% Participation (TPR/Gestures)  Demand Head in the Game (No Excuses/Best Effort/Great Attitude)  Alert for Teachable Moments  Communicative Tasks Continuously Cycled  Cultural Artifacts

11 SummativeAssessment = SLO  30 Questions for Post-Test  10 Listening Comprehension  10 High Impact Cognates  10 Cultural Artifacts

12 Cultural Artifact - Literal Which Russian cultural artifact is pictured here?

13 Cultural Artifact–Figurative

14 Bibliography  Archived Regents Exams:  P21 for World Languages = killsMap/p21_worldlanguagesmap.pdf killsMap/p21_worldlanguagesmap.pdf 

15 Bibliography Continued  The National Network for Early Language Learning =   My website: Einstein/apt1.aspx Einstein/apt1.aspx  Quia.com 


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