Saturday, July 30, 2016

My First Twitter Chat- ECG2016ccc Edcamp Global 2016

This is my first attempt to share my views with like-minded professionals in the form of a twitter chat. I will certainly share more after the chat itself. This event is held by the Edcamp Global 2016.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ebook- Final outcome of our Etwinning Project -



     This is the final outcome of my students' hard work for a whole year. They have written collaboratively this short story so as to give an idea to our European partners about some famous Tunisian towns. I haven't interfered but to correct some grammatical mistakes.The spirit of the task is that they choose heroes from the ancient history of our country and give them new roles. The towns they have picked are their own choice. I am so proud of their devotion and commitment. Special thanks to Nour for her hard work and utter engagement in the process. It is true that only few of them have been fully engaged. Some of them were more worried about their final exam than being part of an invaluable project. But what is heart-warming is that during the project itself, much has been learned and a lot of interaction has happened. 

Tellmeyourstory

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hiba & Nour singing in Romanian

       
         Who said you cannot fully enjoy a language though you do not know a word of it? Here is the proof good music and nice melody  nicely performed by my two sweet students ! Part of our Etwinning project, every couple of partners should learn a song chosen by their corresponding partners. Hope you like the video and encourage my 9th grade students after they learned the Romanian song "Oglinda".




Sunday, February 28, 2016

Post-it Notes

                                             What could Post-it notes be useful for?
     

Although technology is one of the most important aids of learning, this does not exclude "physical" practices that are far from technology and could be as effective as well.



In fact, I find using sticky notes extremely useful to use for various aims during my classes. They could be used during any of the three stages of the lesson.
       Here are some of my classroom ideas using sticky notes.

  • I use sticky notes during the Lead-In part of the lesson for:

1-Individual brainstorming :completing a spidergram with words related to a specific semantic field. This activates the learners' schemata. After they finish jotting down their words, the students exchange their spidergrams.
2-Recap: Remind them of previous vocab that we worked on a previous session and ask them to jot down synonyms/ antonyms to certain vocab that could pave the way for a new targeted lexis.
3- Paraphrasing proverbs/ sayings/ quotations: Sticky notes are handy and easy to exchange. Moreover, some of my learners feel that these sticky notes are personal notes and strive hard to do their best. Some others see them as sth in extra  and comment upon the color and some other students prefer another color.




  • Using Sticky notes during the While-Stage: Some of the activities that could be dealt with during this stage thanks to the sticky notes are:


1-Dictation of some words related to any kind of text, either a text as a "listening" or as a "reading" text.
2-Ponder over some extra questions that were not dealt with during the lesson.
3-Write down some reflections.
4-Ask for help such as scribbling some words in Arabic and ask for an instant translation of some words while performing a task. Shy learners tend feel more comfortable using these sticky notes essentially for the first sessions of the academic year so as to write questions about some words they do not know how to translate them in the targeted language, especially while writing essays or answering questions.
5-Tweeting definitions of a specific concept. Learners are asked to tweet a definition, by using a real username and choose the proper hashtag. Then, they are asked to stick them on the Twitter wall poster & collate .
6-Chain sentences: Writing sentences or writing stories. This depends on the level of the students. Writing collaborative sentences. One student starts with the first words and the folowing students build up either, sentences exemplfying a certain structure or writing short stories. When the sentence is over, the student who gets the sticky note reads it out loud to the whole class. This is collaborative writing and learners are amazed at the inspiration and vitality that occurs during the activity. By the way, during one session learners might write several short stories. Some learners, might add a lot of creativity, while others might feel bored and do not feel motivated but the collaboration happening between the learners themselves makes the activity interesting. In fact, the students learn a lot of new vocabulary items and become aware of the sentence structures , the connectors, the coherence, the correct collocations. For some students, it's hard to add one word, while for others, it is so easy to add details. Motivation is contagious and the activity turns out to be motivating to all the learners.


  •          As for the post-stage of the lesson, sticky notes could be valuable if they are used as:

1-Exit slips: Learners write down three words they learned in the lesson thet they fully grasped their meanings ,by using them in clear, coherent sentences. Or they could simply jot down their feelings about the lesson, what did they learn and what they missed. These exit slips could be very informative about the quality of the lesson and the quantity of information missed or learned by the learners. These sticky notes could help the teacher get honest evaluation because learners do not uncover their identities. They are asked to speak up freely their minds.
2-Dictation: At some point and mainly with students who do not give importance to how words are spelled, especially because of the hybrid of codes they use while texting or chatting with their peers. In fact, they tend to mix letters with numbers and symbols to convey any kind of social media message. Thus, IMHO, Dictation is one of the crucial activities to be dealt with during any of the stages possible.

Below are some pictures of some sticky notes I used for feedback from my fellow teachers during a training sessions with my colleagues so as to incite them to use technology in their lessons. These sticky notes help me regain a lot of my confidence in times of difficulties.




          Last but not least, while writing this post, I came across a very interesting post where the teacher uses sticky-notes on projects to collaborate, collate, categorise and connect. Here is the link:
Sticky notes and project nests By Russel Tarr.

All in all, Sticky notes help me vary the activities and we enjoy using them in class. As for tech tools that help you create and save sticky notes online, I do recommend Lino.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Handmade Postcards for our European Partners

This padlet showcases the work of my creative students. They have been so excited to design these handmade postcards.
Have a look at their work! What do you think?


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Interview with an Inspiring Educator- Sylvia Duckworth

   One of the wondrous effects of technology is that you come across inspiring Educators from all corners of the world and distance is nothing, when you are willing to cross all the borders and get in touch with them and learn from them. This has had the effect of magic on me. I am so honored to present to you an Inspiring Educator, whom I came across her amazing sketchnotes and felt the need to know her more. Hence, I contacted our guest Sylvia Duckworth and she welcomed the idea with a warm heart and a very prompt reply. I am very thankful for her kind heart and inspiration. No wonder great Educators behave likewise.



Here is the interview I conducted with this amazing Educator . 

1- So honored and glad to be interviewing you dear Sylvia. How do you introduce yourself to the ELT community in Tunisia and the world?


Hello Faten, I’m honoured that you asked me for this interview! I am a Canadian teacher and I teach French to grades 3 to 5 in an independent school for boys in Toronto. I am enamoured with sketchnoting because it is a quick, effective way to get ideas across. Most people seem to respond very positively to a visual way of conveying concepts.


2- You are well-known by your amazing and inspiring sketchnotes, how did you start making them? would you tell us the story behind this wondrous talent?


I started drawing just over a year ago, inspired by other great educational sketchnoters: Silvia Tolisano, Karen Bosch, Brad Ovenell-Carter, Rachel Smith, Rebeca Zuniga, Julia Forsythe.


3- Which tech tools do you advise teachers to try as beginners in sketchnoting?
ProCreate App is the best app out there for drawing on the iPad, and the Musemee Notier Stylus is the best stylus.


4- Have you ever presented a webinar about sketchnoting, would you provide us with the link for the recording?


Here is a tutorial in Google Slides, and here is a webinar. Here is a playlist of YouTube videos on sketchnoting.


5- Thank you so much for your inspiring sketchnotes. What would you like to add to my blog readers?


Try your hand at sketchnoting! It is fun and rewarding and your students will love it, too!

     Thank you so much dear Sylvia for your prompt reply and willingness to share your experience with us. You are such an inspiration!