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Marnie and Marissa's Senior Project

Teaching French to HRA's Kindergarten Class

Senior Project

on 12 April 2012

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Transcript of Marnie and Marissa's Senior Project

Legacy Works Cited January 2010: the opportunity to teach French to HRA's kindergarten class a few times a month
Basic, introductory course with low-level vocabulary, songs, and hands-on materials
Junior Year: continuation of the program
Senior Year: continue but incorporate new ideas
Raise the bar this year: more frequent lessons, more French, more learning, and more fun
Compile all lesson plans and resources in a binder
Guage interest level for continuation of the program
Research Beginnings The French Girls Marnie Blalock & Marissa Wheeler Our Project Sophomore Junior Original Senior Project Proposal:
Lead the class almost entirely in French, limiting English to only necessary uses
12 lessons
More structure in classroom
Research teaching methods
Conduct an interview process for Upper School French students interested in taking over the program next year
Create a handbook of tips and instructions for our replacement teachers Goals Scheduling
Upper School and Lower School conflict
Compensation: Increased lessons to once a week second semester.
Difficulty in keeping the students’ attention
Compensation: Implemented new teaching methods
Focus on Songs
Interactive Games
Step away from didatic style Setbacks Our Class Teaching all in French proved ineffective
employed the sandwich method
une pomme "apple" une pomme
12 Lessons grew into 15
Adapted Lesson Plans to the students interest
Days of the Week
Learned to teach solo due to our conflicts Modifications Communication is key.
Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Adaptibility with lessons and scheduling
Commanding the classroom.
Participation of the students is necessary
Making sure the lessons are engaging and fun.
Encouraging participation with rewards system.
Creating a fun and educational environment
Understanding that we will not always have the answer

Lessons Learned Carter Caroline Keira Elizabeth Owen Matthew Peyton Rylie Scottie Vera Warlock's Seven Tips to Promote Good Behavior:
Expect manners and orderly conduct from the moment you/they enter the classroom.
Expect their attention at all times. Feel free to stop the lesson if there is a disruption.
Speak firmly.
Ask questions and encourage discussion.
Be friendly and have a sense of humor.
Hold students accountable for their misbehavior, but do not make a fuss.
“Maintain your dignity. But if you make a mistake, admit it. No one is perfect” (Warlock 28).
Operant conditioning: “a form of behavioral learning in which the probability of a response is changed by its consequences” (Zimbardo 206).
Positive reinforcement: when a reward increases the likelihood of a behavior occuring again (Zimbardo 207)
“Bien Fait” certificates became an incentive for students to pay attention, raise their hands to speak, give correct answers, and demonstrate overall good behavior.
Shaping: in operant conditioning, the technique of reinforcing responses that closely approximate the desired behavior (Zimbardo 208).
Reward close approximations of French pronounciations with praise (“Très bien” with a thumbs-up) Psychology: Learning Developmental Psychology In the Classroom Warlock, Vera M. How Teachers Teach and Children Learn to Read, Write and Spell. Williamsburg, VA: Publishing Connections, 2003. Print.
Zimbardo, Philip G., Robert L. Johnson, Ann L. Weber, and Craig W. Gruber. Psychology. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2007. Print.
"Eiffel Tower Vector." Vector File Template. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. <http://filevector.com/eiffel-tower-vector.html>. Jean Piaget's Cognitive Development Theory:
Preoperational stage: 2 to 6/7 years old; children demonstrate “well-developed mental representation and […] use of language” (Zimbardo 378).
Egocentrism: “self-centered inability focus” (Zimbardo 378)
Difficulty sharing
Animistic thinking: personification of inanimate objects
Lessons Special Thanks to Mrs. Waddill,
Mrs. Morgan, and
Mr. Hooper More lessons than planned
Confidence, individually and as a team
Days one of us was gone
Class Structure
Accomplishments The Process April 15, 2011 February 24: Safari Class of 2022 Class of 2023 Class of 2024 Mrs. Ardelji
Bree Kitchens
Christian Burnett
Manpreet Dhindsa
Zayba Syed
Emily Vogt
Clara Glagola
Brianne Spence Lesson One: Bonjour! ~ Hello!
Lesson Two: Ca va? ~ How are you feeling?
Lesson Three: La Météo ~ The Weather
Lesson Four: La Nourriture ~ Food
Lesson Five: Les couleurs ~ Colors
Lesson Six: Le corps ~ The Body, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”
Lesson Seven: La Famille ~ The Family, "Frère Jacques"
Lesson Eight: Les Oiseaux ~ Birds, “Gentile Allouette”
Lesson Nine: La Culture ~ Culture
Lesson Ten: Les Directions ~ Directions
Lesson Eleven: Asterix and Obelix
Lesson Twelve: Au-revoir! ~ Good-bye Parks Smith and Jamie Spain Ty Richardson
Class of 2023 Ivan Merritt
Class of 2023 Lower School Leadership Assembly March 23, 2012 Coen Davis
Class of 2023 Paityn Smith
Class of 2023 Presentation to French Club Laurel
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