Sunday, February 22, 2015

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Catoe, French

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Elizabeth Catoe, French

     In today's Teacher Spotlight, we recognize the engaging work going on in Mrs. Catoe's French Class.  In one of her 8th grade classes she was able to utilize WeVideo to have students give French weather reports.  This immersed students into the French language and had them practice speaking the language.  Here below is Mrs. Catoe's reflections on the activity and examples.  

What are the students doing? 

Students created a weather report in French based on the actual weather in different regions/cities in France.

What do you hope students accomplish by completing this activity?

The goal of this activity was for students to practice reading, writing, and saying the weather expressions in French and learn about typical weather in different French cities and regions.  Students also learned how to search for Creative Commons photos and create green screen videos using WeVideo.

How did this activity tie to your standards?

This activity worked with many standards for language learning.  The students read and interpreted weather in French to produce their skits.  They then spoke in French on topics they had learned about.  Both of these activities fit with the Novice level language learning standards.

How did this activity promote student learning?

This activity promotes student learning because it allows students to explore the language in a native setting. It encourages students to use the language they know to figure out new words. It gives students a chance to create something with what they learned. Finally, it gives students a chance to showcase what they have been learning in a more real-world scenario.

Links to Videos:

What are your reflections on this activity?

After completing the activity, I think the students did very well. All students were able to create a weather report in French and recite their lines. All students were able to create a video that went along with their script. All students were understood by their peers.

If an activity like this was done again, the only thing that I might change would be to require the students to practice a few times in front of me before recording. Because this is the first time they recorded themselves in front of a camera, I think that some students got nervous. I think that the videos could be even better with a little more practice time.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Performing Arts Hits the Road! Band!

Performing Arts Hits the Road!

      Members from the 8th grade band had a blast performing for the 5th grade students. They enjoyed playing Pirates of the Caribbean and having the students interact by guessing what movie the music was from. The 5th grade students were so excited to see all  of the wind, brass, and percussion instruments and cheered for each section. We are looking forward to visiting again next year!

Performing Arts Hits the Road! Chorus!

Performing Arts Hits the Road!


     The roadshow event is integral in exposing rising students to the performing arts programs offered at all Richland 2 middle schools. Our goal is to inspire students to continue their music education career by joining chorus, orchestra, or band in 6th grade. BMS chorus students absolutely love the opportunity to perform for rising 5th graders each year because they remember the impact the performance had on them when they were in 5th grade. This year they sang Bruno Mars "Count on Me" and "Run To You," a song by the extremely popular acapella group The Pentatonix. We hope it inspired many students to join BMS Chorus next school year.


Performing Arts Hit the Road! Orchestra!

BMS Performing Arts Programs Hit the Road!


       Each year, a small group of BMS chorus, band and orchestra students perform for the 5th grade students at area elementary schools for the Road Show Trip. This year, we traveled to Rice Creek and Round Top Elementary Schools on Tuesday, February 3rd.  The 8th grade orchestra students absolutely loved playing "Let it Go" from Frozen and a piece called Arlington Sketches for the 5th graders! They were excited to be an inspiration for the students, just like they remember watching the middle school performers  in 5th grade! Our hope is that many of them decide to join the BMS Orchestra program next year!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

B.O.L.T. Teaching Students Lifeskills

B.O.L.T. - Blythewood's Own Lifeskills Training

B.O.L.T., which stands for Blythewood's Own Lifeskills Training is an advisory program.

B.O.L.T. was originally started to provide life skills training to students on a regular basis to a small group of students.  Over the years our focus has remained the same, but the lessons have changed in order to meet the needs of our ever changing population.  The goal of BOLT is to provide students with the lifeskills they need today and in the future, in order to be productive members of society.  

Topics we've discussed with students this year thus far:

- SMART Goals
- Internet Safety
- Creative Commons
- Social Media
- Importance of Education
- Check your tone when Texting 

This small advisory group setting that has some groups separated by genders allows for an open discussion about the lessons created.  The goal of us at BMS is to make sure we help develop quality individuals who positively impact their community and can be effective leaders in their families and future careers.  
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