LaTeS: Language Teacher Symposium
CERCLL hosts a biannual day-long symposium at which K-12 language teachers can share ideas and issues that are specific to their community. Arizona Continuing Education is available. The 2016 events are listed here.
CERCLL is grateful to the University of Arizona's College of Humanities for its contribution to LaTeS.
Contact CERCLL with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2016 LaTeS
Learning Stations: From Impact to Application
Presented by Jennifer Wortzel (Basha High School, Chandler, AZ; Arizona Language Association Outstanding World Language Teacher at the Secondary Level; 2015-16 Arizona World Language Teacher of the Year)
Saturday October 22, 2016, 9.a.m. to 4 p.m.
A certificate for 6 hours of Arizona Continuing Education was provided to attendees.
Description: This workshop taught educators at all levels how to effectively engage all students in differentiated rotations which can serve as scaffolding techniques and/or formative assessments. While learning stations are an emerging concept in the secondary classroom, they have existed in elementary classrooms for decades. They offer an alternative to the “teach and listen” approach by providing open-ended instruction and a hands-on, interactive, collaborative, and exploratory learning style. They provide time for the teacher to work in small groups or one-on-one to target specific skills and better meet the specific needs of individual students. Learning stations encourage independence and responsibility while providing opportunities for differentiation, self-discovery and active practice with purpose.
Teachers in this workshop:
- Received instruction on how to create, set up, organize and manage learning stations.
- Experienced learning stations themselves.
- Learned how to turn existing materials, resources and activities into learning stations.
- Had time to collaborate with peers to prepare and share learning stations so that they walk out of the workshop with stations prepared for immediate use!
Participants were asked to bring their already existing games, activities, authentic materials and textbook. The presenter helped turn these into learning stations and provided many examples for participants to use immediately in their classrooms.
Spring 2016 LaTeS
You Don't Need to be High Tech to get your Students Engaged!
Brenda was a finalist for ACTFL’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. She has served as President of the Pacific Northwest Council for Languages, the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers, and chaired three conferences. She was also a participant in the first cohort of the Western Initiative of Language Leadership (WILL), sponsored by the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon. She went on to become a mentor for WILL, and was also a mentor for additional models, the Southern Initiative for Language Leadership (SILL) and the Global Language Educator’s Network (GLEN).
Presented by Brenda Gaver (East Valley High School, Spokane, WA; ACTFL Language Teacher of the Year finalist)
Description: With numerous apps and websites available to engage students, there seems to be a “shift” in how we reach 21st century learners. During this workshop, participants explored apps available to facilitate communication among students, communication with parents, and communication with colleagues. They also explored other “tried and true” activities to get students communicating in the target language, without the use of technology.
Time: May 30th, 9:00AM US/Arizona - 4:00PM, May 31, 2017