We all know the first day jitters...the moment the students actually step into our rooms, and all of the planning we've done finally gets put into practice. As I have visited WL classrooms all over Lexington One this week I've seen teachers doing all the right things to help students eliminate those first day jitters. Students have been practicing routines, greeting and getting to know each other, and building classroom community. Teachers have been teaching and modeling expectations, communicating with parents, and encouraging a climate of respect and risk-taking in the language. I have also seen classrooms that are set up to provide language support for language learners.
Why does all of this preparation matter? Here is the difference between my son's attitude when we first arrived to drop him off versus when we were about to actually leave him on his first day of French immersion kindergarten. The reality hit him that he was going to be left in a room full of strangers, speaking a language that he doesn't know yet. But he has had a successful week so far because his French teacher knows how to make the language accessible. Remember, all of our students probably feel this way to a certain extent when they step into a world language classroom. Therefore, the more we can do to make them comfortable, the better!
So, as you finish up this first week of school, ask yourself the following questions:
Stay tuned for an update on Riverbluff's summer Spain trip. Coming up next!
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)