TeFL Domain 3 Challenge 12

TeFL Domain 3 Challenge 12

Scaffold their thinking I cannot imagine it any other way now. I automatically go into my classroom with ideas of how I am going to help my students manage the technology and learn their French. Today was no exception. We are doing clothing in French. We have learned quite a lot of vocabulary. We have been working on the placement and agreement of adjectives. We have looked at how to describe clothes and say whether they are in wool or cotton. Last week I took in some French fashion magazines and I took them on a 10 minute tour of Vogue.fr fashion parades. They were alive and alert. When I explained that most top fashion designers were men and the fact our own Colette Dinnigan had managed to make a hugely successful career for herself in Paris the students were even more interested. Then we looked at the top models and Australian girls featured well. As we looked at the clothes and practised our vocabulary the boys were having trouble identifying. The assignment is to make a mini fashion parade in iMovie with 3 French sentences for each image from a top French fashion designer. They had to find 5 images they liked, one they hated and one for the boys if they were a girl and vice versa. About 10 minutes into this the boys were looking very glum. “There must be something in you boys which can connect if the world’s top designers are men!” is all I offered at the time . I could see them try harder. 10 more minutes passed. I could feel the pain. So my laptop was hooked to the white board. I showed the boys if they searched for a designer and then an item of clothing – Balmain pantalon (trousers) they would find pictures they could relate to. Success! The girls by then had found some more images and were suggesting things to the boys like the streetware section of Vogue.fr. Everyone was at home. We have since worked on the sentences. They are very comfortable with iMovie because we have worked on it a lot. I suggested they might like to record their sentences and make a voice track. Their eyes lit up and I may well see that. They have loved the fashion. They are learning their vocabulary well because we did some spot quizzes today just quickly and they know just about all the words. Their presentations are coming along and they are looking forward to Friday when they will be sharing them.

Challenge 11

Make thinking visible in action

I have had a look at Ron Ritchhart’s criteria for making thinking visible in the classroom. I found it very helpful and useful but I would have been lost without my students’ comments on Twiducate to help me!

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