Save yourself time and money with digital task cards!

Do you want a quick and easy way to assess your French students? Do you need a way to speed up the grading process? You'll love these new cards from Boom Learning. There's no printing, no cutting, and best of all... they check themselves! Click here to check it out!
Do you love task cards but hate the time and money you spend printing and cutting?  Do you ever wish you could assess your students but not spend so much time grading?  Well then...you will LOVE this new format!  


Why did I want make digital task cards?

Maybe your school limits your paper use.  Maybe you have 150 students.  I know I normally do!  I want to assess them all, and I want to do it often, but I can't keep up with the grading and still do everything else I need to do.  These cards are amazing, because they require no paper and they check themselves.  Even better...students get immediate feedback.  And best of all...my cards are modeled after the same task cards from my store that many of you already love to use!

So, why are these so great?  

1.  We've already talked about the paper restrictions.  If you are restricted on printing, these are handy, because they require no printing.  You can use them on smartphones, tablets, computers, or even put it on the board for whole-class play.

2.  You always have that one student who finishes first.  Task cards are great, because they are a fun way to review or enrich without giving the student busywork.  As more decks of cards get added, you can add to your library and students will have fun choosing activities that suit their needs.

3.  You don't have to grade these!  They are self-checking and you can get performance reports to see just how your students are doing.  Even better:  students know just how they are doing!  Imagine using this for a quiz review!  You could even assign a deck as homework instead of printing off a study guide.  

4.  You will save prep time.  There is no prep here.  You can access decks from the Boom Learning website or the Boom Learning app stores at Google Play or Apple and you are set to go!  

5.  It's fun!  Kids love anything new and different, and working on a computer or tablet is just fun!  It's interactive, nice to look at, and different from the standard paper and pencil.  Plus, kids can earn badges for doing well, making it feel like they are playing a game rather than learning.  

Create your free account and check out these great digital French task cards now!  Do you want to get started and make your own cards?  Here's a handy referral for you:

http://wow.boomlearning.com/author/mmersfrenchresources?ref=1


Want to check out a free resource that is a perfect back-to-school review?  Click on the resource below and test out this passé composé review of avoir and être as auxiliary verbs.
Do you want a quick and easy way to assess your students on the correct passé composé auxiliary verb? Do you need a way to speed up the grading process? You'll love these new cards from Boom Learning. There's no printing, no cutting, and best of all... they check themselves! Click here to check it out!
I'm super-excited about these cards, and I've been having so much fun making these decks.  I'm sure I'll have many more in the weeks to come!

I'd love to hear what you think about this great new format.  




5 lessons the Olympics can teach our students

This blog post discusses 5 lessons the Olympics can teach our kids.  This is great for a classroom or for families to discuss at home.  Click here to read the 5 lessons!

The past few weeks have flown by!  We have been getting ready to go back to school and watching the Olympics nonstop.  As a mom, I love to watch with my son, because it reminds me of summers past and of times when I dreamed big.  It also gives me a great reason to talk to him about the different people of the world, the importance of hard work, and what dedication really means.

Here are some of the top lessons our children can learn from this amazing event.

1.  Do your best with what God gave you.  
Michael Phelps is very tall and lean and Simone Biles is 4'8".  They are both amazing at what they do, but would Michael Phelps be able to flip himself like Simone does?  I highly doubt it.  Would Simone be able to swim as fast as he can?  Again, I don't think so.  Each one of us is born with amazing gifts, but it is our job to find them and put them to use.

2.  Hard work pays off, but don't expect everything to come easily.
I'm a runner, and I was blown away watching the men's marathon when a young American that I had never heard of took the bronze medal.  He's naturally talented, sure, but he worked so hard to get there.  As someone who runs for hours at a time, I understand how hard it is.  I also know how hard I worked up to it.  I didn't just go run 26 miles one day.  I trained for months to lead up to it.  It's still hard.  All the preparation in the world can get you ready for the tough moments, but that doesn't mean they won't still be tough. 
3.  The world is full of amazing people.
We watched the opening ceremony, and my son was amazed at all of the countries he had never heard of.  (Okay, me too...)  It is so beautiful to see the coming-together of so many people that are so different, yet so alike.  I don't think there is a more beautiful way to show the people of the world than to show people putting their heart and soul into something they love.

4.   Age does not define us.
Most gymnasts are young.  As a girl, I was a great gymnast, but as a grown woman, I cannot imagine doing anything other than walking on a balance beam.  I'm not as flexible, as skinny, or as strong as I used to be.  Somehow, adulthood got me and I lost the ability to fly through the air.  Needless to say, I was amazed when watching 41-year old gymnast Oksana Chusovitina perform in her 7th Olympics.  It just goes to show that you are only as old as you let yourself believe.
5.  We can be proud of others even when we don't win first place.
By nature, we want to win, so it is hard to smile gracefully when someone beats us. One of my favorite parts of the Olympics was when Laurie Hernandez won a silver medal and spoke with amazement about the gold medal winner, Sanne Wevers.  She seemed so happy to have a silver (who wouldn't be?) and she recognized the great talent and hard work of her competitor.  We can be proud of ourselves and recognize greatness in others at the same time.

So, what about you?  What impressions did you take away from the games?  What are some great talking points with our children?  

Student grouping has never been so easy!

I love grouping students for games, speaking activities or quick-shares, but I also want all students working and all students to be included.  Does that happen when students pick their own partners?  Not always!  So, in my class, I use grouping cards ALL THE TIME!

They are great for randomly forming groups of 2, 3, 4, or 5 and I use them to introduce vocabulary and culture without direct instruction.  Here's what topics I like to use:

--Cities
--Monuments and sites of Paris
--Animals
--French-speaking countries

For example:
My pairs cards are all French cities, so students get exposure to a large variety of cities.  If a class is moving quickly, I take a few minutes to discuss interesting facts about the city.  If we don't have time that day, they at least found a partner and practiced reading and identifying a new word.  We'll use the cards a lot, so there will definitely be time to discuss each topic during the year.  My Teachers Pay Teachers Resource includes 22 cities so you can pick what is best for you!  

My groups of 3 are animals.  I have chosen a few well-known animals such as le chat or le chien, but I have avoided animals where kids might make fun of a group (such as la vache or le cochon).  I have many back-up cards, so if there is an animal I'd rather not use, I can always put that group to the side and pick another!   There are 37 animals included, so you can always select what works best!


My groups of 4 help you introduce the monuments and sites of Paris.  Students will love seeing places that they recognize and will be more excited to learn about the different places they aren't yet familiar with!  

                                     
My cards for groups of 5 are a great way to introduce Francophone countries.  Students will easily begin to see the diversity of the French-speaking world as you use these cards to increase their knowledge of the French-speaking world!

                                 
So, how can you use these in your classroom?   I use them on the first day of school to assign my seating chart!  I laminate and then tape one of the pairs cards on the corner of each desk.  I greet all students at my door on the first day, and I hand them a card that is a match for a pair taped onto a desk.  They enter, find their seat, and voilà !  My seating chart is done.  As I collect the cards, I have each student introduce him/herself and I fill in my paper copy.  

These are also a super-quick way to form groups for games and speaking activities!  Need some ideas for speaking or games?  Check out these posts: 



What about you?  What do you love to do in groups? Do you let students pick their groups or do you pick?  I'd love to hear your ideas below!