I have started a series of interviews with former students to ask them for feedback and advice for the Spanish classes I teach at Louisville Collegiate School, in Louisville, KY. This first group of students are all freshman in College during the fall semester of 2019. I will be interviewing a second group of students who graduated three to five years ago and to a group that graduated over ten years ago. I think it’s interesting to hear what they have to say. We always sign up for professional development seeking to improve our craft but sometimes the answers are right in front of us. Thank you for listening to my former students and please subscribe to our YouTube channel for free PD.
JULIA: THE IMPORTANCE OF CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR WORLD LANGUAGE STUDENTS
Today we are learning from Julia about the importance of creating a safe learning environment in the world language classroom. Julia believes that students should feel ok and not judged by teacher or classmates when making mistakes. Julia believes that our job as world language teachers is to help our students understand that they do not need to be perfect. In Julia´s words: “The only way to learn is by having a teacher who understands and values imperfection in the world language classroom.”
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