Let’s chat it out!!
ATchats are continuing throughout the school year!
Using Zoom, we will meet to talk out different topics, share solutions and support each other to make communication happen. Bring your questions and connect with other educators.
Discussions are open to all (invite a friend or colleague to join).
Due to privacy, we will not record these chats. We want you to feel comfortable asking any question you have. If you miss one, let us know you’re interested in the topic below in the comments.
What to do about absences?
Wednesday – February 22, 2023 at 2:30EST to 3:00
Let’s discuss this unavoidable challenge that we all have. Bring your questions and/or solutions, and we’ll share ours as well.
Keeping It Authentic:
October 19, 3 EST & 6 EST
How can we make interpretive assessments that reflect real-life? How do we put a grade, or do we even put a grade?
We don’t have all the answers, but we’d like to get this discussion started to hear your thoughts as well.
Formative Checks ATCHAT
Sept. 14th at 3-3:30pm EST
Sept. 18th at 4-4:30pm EST
How can we check for learning?
What’s it look like in a proficiency based class?
See how a formative check helps promote growth…
to hold learners accountable and guide your teaching!
Units to Start the Year ATCHAT
Aug 18th at 11am-12pm EST
Aug 26th at 11am-12pm EST
Start the year with a captivating unit!
Let’s look at 3 units that we suggest to start the year: one for brand new learners, one for returning learners, and one for the upper classes.
Talking about how to start with a captivating unit, not long lists (remember that traditional level 1, unit 1… so many words…ugh.) or review of what they “forgot” (no need to shame them for summer brain).
Starting the Year ATCHAT
July 26th, Aug 8th
Five ways to start the year focused on proficiency.
Tips, resources and lessons that you can do during that first month of teaching.
We talked about a few ways to explain proficiency to your classes, syllabus, benchmarks, the proficiency line, other wall decor, units to kick off the year, and lessons to be in the TL from day one. You can access all of these resources on the link to the right.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ATCHAT
June 9th, Thurday
If you teach middle school, let’s talk about your dream curriculum.
This will be a Q&A discussion about choosing exciting units that are unique for learners. We have something new just for you!
We are creating new units for younger learners! They are shorter (lessons and unit), simplier “I can” statements, and more relevant topics. Once we finish one, we’ll add it to your language page. You can see the ideas on the “Younger Learners Page.” We’d love to have you as part of the process! Share any ideas on those pages.
We also talked about setting benchmarks (Ex NM at the end of year) and year-long goals (recycled “I can”) for a middle school program. You’ll see that on the “Younger Learners Page” too.
May 24th, Tuesday
Are you a district or teacher leader for your World Language program?
This will be a Q&A discussion about moving your program forward while focusing on proficiency & communication in your curriculum.
We discussed curriculum, assessments, grading and more.
January 10th Q&A
It’s the halfway point! Let’s have a live ATchat to discuss what’s on your mind. We’ll have two chats that night, so come to the one that’s best for you.
Topics we can discuss:
+ What’s new/relevant on the site
+ Accountability – What to do and what to not do
+ ANY questions you have
Invite a friend, invite your department… we welcome all to join!
(We’ll send you a reminder email the weekend before.)