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Teacher Tool Tip #1: “The Can-Do Classroom”

Teacher Tool Tip #1: “The Can-Do Classroom”

Holly Morse

Are you looking for a way to have all your language students feel confident and find success in the classroom? 

In my experience, one of the absolute miracle approaches to teaching a language is to engender a can-do attitude in every student! Once I adopted this way of thinking in my classroom and actually began to teach toward standards, I could not believe the results!

Every student, no matter what the learning challenges were, was engaged and working toward a goal that was not necessarily the same as the student sitting next to him! Once I began comparing students to the ACTFL standards and not their gifted and talented classmates, miracles began to happen in my classroom. Whether students lacked confidence in speaking and felt extremely defeated by language learning when they came to my classroom, they left feeling proud of the skills that they had developed. The truth is, no matter how weak or challenged a student feels upon entering our classroom, we have an opportunity to help them develop real-world communication skills at their own pace that will build their confidence and truly their whole attitude about language learning.

Everyone CAN learn to speak another language, just not the traditional way of grammar and massive vocabulary lists! That can be a boring approach that does not engage students in practical learning!

Of course, this is not an approach that I can teach in one blog post. So stay tuned for Tuesday’s Teaching Tool Tips, where I will share what I have learned about teaching for proficiency and how I finally, after decades of teaching, saw the results in my students that I had always dreamed of: Confident students with real-world communication skills!

Not only will you see results with teaching for proficiency, but it will also change your whole teaching experience! Don’t you want to have every day be a positive experience for you and your students?

Next time, I will begin to share my story about becoming a standards-based teacher with some ideas about how you can get started. Imagine! You can start learning now what I learned in the last decade of my 43 years of teaching! Throughout that extensive teaching career, I always loved the beginning of the year to wipe the slate clean and start over, thinking, I will get this right! Well, that finally and fortunately happened in my last year! I actually said to myself, I finally got it! That “it” is what you will find in Tuesday’s Tool Tips.

Next time, I will delve into the educational process of becoming well versed in the ACTFL Standards. It is important to understand what it means to be a standards-based teacher (MOPI workshops) and how to help your students progress on the ACTFL Standards continuum. 

In the meantime, check out our other blogs on language, and be sure to follow FL4K on social media through the links at the very bottom of this page so you don’t miss the next Tool Tip and other language fun!

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