Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Online Web Enhanced Language Learning

A forum to talk, discuss, question, argue, post insights about Online Web Enhanced Language Learning (OWELL). Hmmm...I like the acronym!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Managed Enrollment

The new year brings new changes. We will be implementing a "modified" version of our managed enrollment program to my class next school year. We are modifying it because of the unique situation at my school. We also have H.S. students attending in our classrooms so space is at a premium and we don't have room for an overflow room. We are also changing the test schedule which is different from everyone else. So we are talking about some major changes that need to take place. My class will be the test class for this project. I have a meeting tomorrow to discuss all the particulars and details. This will change how my class will be set up. I'm looking forward to this with great anticipation. I have been waiting for this to happen for a looooong time! It has been working great at our other site and ALL of the teachers love it.

Getting Ready for Next Year

I began putting together my website for next year and it's a huge job. Every year I like to change some of the things I have students work with, i.e., common phrases, idioms, homework, etc. Every change I make has to connect with everything else I'm doing. If I change a new vocabulary word, I then have to change the homework. I also like to add some things that weren't there last year. This year I'm adding another requirement in the form of presentations. This idea came to me from another student. Students will be required to present to the class a favorite song or a book they enjoyed reading. It will be up to them on how they want to present it. I was also waiting on test dates to complete my planning phase. I just got one set of dates, now I'm waiting for my second set. There will be some smaller changes that I learned this past year, but it's not worth mentioning here. This takes up a lot of my time during the summer, but it's all worth it when school starts. I really enjoy the planning, creating, and implementing a finished product for the students. I know they will appreciate it when they experience it. School is out, but I have three meetings this week on other school related matters.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

My First Blog

This is my first blog and hopefully not my last. I think this will be good for me to spill my mind of all the different thoughts and ideas that keep swimming around in my head. Comments, suggestions, and ideas are always welcomed.