Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Meredith White

Core practice hacks: Planning, assessment and feedback

Meredith White of the Southern Conference On Language Teaching said backward designing each day's lessons, starting with what she wanted her students to know and be able to do each day, helped her ensure every minute of classroom time was used effectively.
Spanish teacher Rachel Medina teaching students Abby Sadler, right, and Jayda Robertson. Medina’s Spanish class learned real-world language skills this year by putting a new spin on traditional fairy tales or writing new ones. Sadler volunteered the idea of sending the books to Norton’s Children’s Clinic in Louisville to fill a need. While there often are books in doctor’s offices, seldom are they in Spanish. Submitted photo by Kate Boyle

Teaching writing by finding meaning

Franklin County's Rachel Medina helped her Spanish students with their presentational writing skills by getting them to write original children's stories or adapt an existing one with a new twist.

KWLA seeking nominations for 2018 World Language Teaching Awards

The Kentucky World Language Association is seeking nominations for Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher, Outstanding Teacher (K-16), Outstanding Administrator, Lifetime Achievement, and Amici Linguarum – or “Friend of Languages.”

Reach the World offers free access to virtual exchange programs

Reach the World, which facilitates virtual exchange journeys between K-12 classrooms based in the U.S. and volunteer travelers who are studying, teaching and working around the world, is offering Kentucky schools and teachers the opportunity for free access to its global education programs for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year and at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

Applications being accepted for Visiting Teachers from China Program

The University of Kentucky’s Confucius Institute’s is designed to help Kentucky schools develop Chinese language and culture study programs.

Session proposals being accepted for 2018 KWLA Fall Conference

The Kentucky World Language Association is accepting session proposals for its Fall Conference, scheduled for Sept. 21-22 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington.
Meredith White

Core practice hacks: Let’s get R.E.A.L.

Meredith White of the Southern Conference On Language Teaching says taping her lessons regularly was one of the best things she's ever done to help her see where she could improve her teaching.
Teachers participating in a July 2017 Arts Academy in Hopkinsville learn how to story board a drama. ?During the academy, teachers learned how to assess student creative work and how to include artistic criteria in the assessment of student performances and artistic creations in music, dance, drama, visual arts and new media. Submitted picture by Jeff Jamner

Sign up now for KDE-Kentucky Center arts integration academies

Since 2000, the Kentucky Department of Education and The Kentucky Center for the Arts have partnered to provide Kentucky teachers with quality, in-depth and artist-led Arts Academies and Arts Integration Academies.
Alexander Baker, left, and Elliott Herzog speak Spanish in the Linguacafé in their classroom at Walton-Verona High School. The second core practice described in a series of articles in Kentucky Teacher explains how to incorporate more interpersonal communication into your classroom design. Submitted photo by Alaina Post

A guide to professional development for world language teachers

Walton-Verona Independent's Alaina Post explains how educators can use a series of core practices articles commissioned by the Kentucky World Language Association for personalized professional learning.

Fayette County teacher incorporating Finnish ideas into her classroom

Fayette County's Kelly Bales describes how she tried to incorporate Finnish ideas about education into her social studies classroom.