December 6, 2016

La Personne Spéciale

Today in French Two we began student interviews, the Special Person activity invented by Judy Noble and adapted by many due to its genius of personalization.  We interviewed three students and then took a written quiz on the students.

We will not do this activity every day, but will sprinkle it into the instruction from time to time.  I might not interview everyone as some students hate being the center of attention, but we will try to get to all those who want to share, by the end of the year.

The quizzes are cumulative and we always include a few questions about previous kids.  It is  great way to build community, and help students learn interesting things about each other.

Part One
Part Two


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About Lanny Ball

For more than 23 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy and reading consultant in Northwestern Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

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