New to our program this year, I have introduced a Homework Club every Day 4 after lunch. Although we do not actually have homework, this is an opportunity for students to have concepts reinforced and to practise with one-on-one assistance. Students may wish to practise saying the words of the play. They may wish to write verbs on the board. They may simply have questions that need answers and I am happy to do so in English.
I encourage all my students with Individual Education Plans to take advantage of this study time.
The results of our spelling tests have been surprisingly inconsistent. These tests require a bit of study time and attention to detail during class time. I congratulate all those students who performed very well on the most recent spelling test and encourage those who did not receive a satisfactory mark to try learning just one word a day. Breaking down something that may seem overwhelming and putting it into smaller, more manageable parts will make the learning less scary. Don't forget that accents are very important, as well as deciding whether a word is masculine or feminine.
As for our written work, it is underway! We have started filling our cahiers with lots and lots of varied examples. I insist that all corrections are made before students may proceed to the next task. Corrections help us to better understand our mistakes. Those who finish early act as teacher assistants and they help other students in the completion of work. This affords students the opportunity to edit. Analysis of other's written tasks is a great way to further comprehension.
The Grade 7's have finished with the initial introduction of their play. All gestures have been taught and they are currently memorizing dialogue in their groups. Their written work has been supplemented with tasks involving le futur proche and l'infinitif.
The Grade 6's have completed scene 3 in the introduction of their play. The Grade 6 play is very challenging. It has contractions, past tense, future tense, present tense and lots of new words. I am very proud of my Grade 6 students. They are enthusiastic and rehearse their dialogue with focus and attention.
As for the rest of November, we will continue to become more and more familiar with the plays. We will be introducing more and more complicated questions. As this is an inquiry based unit, the questions are important. Writing complete sentences, choosing between two possible words, sorting sentences with mixed up words, and using and reusing familiar vocabulary is all a big part of creating a French-only classroom where students speak to each other in French.
Points were tallied today and prizes for groups who speak the most French are being awarded tomorrow. Congratulations to all my hard-working students who remain committed to speaking only French in the classroom.