Listening Guide!

As many of you know, I recorded a podcast this year! I also took some time at the start of the summer to create a listening guide for people who had not yet listened to the episodes. You can find it pasted below or linked here. Please share this free Professional Development around. (The images did not paste below. )

Season One Listening Guide

Created by Ashley Uyaguari, Desk-Free, LLC

If you love this podcast, please consider donating $10 by clicking here and supporting Inspired Proficiency*.

 

Hello!

 

Welcome to the listening guide for Inspired Proficiency podcast! For each episode I’ve added a link for listening, and the following information to guide you through each episode.

 

Title:  This is the original title of the episode. It usually refers to the interview segment. There is also an intro segment, variety segment and outro in each episode.

Interview Guest: Is the interview guest’s name. Other guests’ names will appear in the show notes.  

Discussion Questions: Includes at least 2 discussion questions that will help you and a listening partner or group or group recall information from the episode together.

Reflection Questions: Includes at least 2 unique reflection questions for you to think about your own practice in connection to the featured interview. And includes a prompt to think about personal application.

Notes: Copied show notes which include information on intro and variety segments, links to resources, and other helpful information.

 

I recommend checking out the table of contents on the next page in order to choose the episodes that sound most relevant to your classroom. I also recommend you find a listening buddy or group to discuss with! You could set a schedule to check-in after each listen.

 

Thank you!

I hope you’ll be inspired. -Ashley

Episode Table of Contents*

Episode 1: 90% Target Language

Episode 2: Communication and Practice

Episode 3: Avoiding Teacher Burnout

Episode 4: Brain Breaks & Desk-Free

Episode 5: Establishing TL Environment

Episode 6: Interpersonal Activities

Episode 7: Shifting to Proficiency

Episode 8: Student Motivation

Episode 9: Project Based Learning

Episode 10: Reading

*You can click on a title above to go directly to that episode’s guide page.

Episode 1: 90% Target Language

Title: 90% Target Language with Julie

Click here to listen

Interview Guest: Julie Speno of Mundo de Pepita

Discussion Questions:

 

  • What were examples of keeping directions simple?
  • What were examples of teaching culture using only TL?

 

Reflection Questions:

 

  • Julie says that 90% isn’t necesiarily the goal for everyone, teachers should work to increase whatever percentage they currently teach with. What do you think is a target language goal that would meet the needs of your classroom?
  • What instructions could you simplify in your daily teaching?
  • What was something Julie shared that you would like to apply to your teaching?

 

Notes:

Welcome to the premiere episode of Inspired Proficiency – with Ashley Uyaguari! Inspired Proficiency is a podcast for language teachers created by language teachers – featuring interviews, tricks, resources, and tons of inspiration for your classroom!  In this episode Ashley talks about the following:

 

  • Thanks the many Kickstarter backers that helped get this show going
  • Interviews Julie Speno of  Mundo de Pepita
  • “Survey Says” Game- Show

Ashley and Julie discuss new ways to be inspired in your classrooms. Julie gives her top three areas of focus for reaching proficiency levels with your students, and they both offer tips on keeping things fun.  

“Survey Says” puts Marissa Coulehan in the ring against Laura Sexton – in a Family Feud style game show where they try to guess the most popular answer among teachers for a variety of questions. Dawn Carney keeps the score in this all out battle royale! Where would you place? Play along and find out!  

Things We Mention In This Episode:

Mundo De Pepita – Julie’s Website

Mundo De Pepita – Julie’s Facebook Page

Marissa Coulehan on Twitter

PBL in the TL – Laura’s Website

Links to resources:

Responsive Classroom

Developmental Designs

Episode 2: Communication and Practice

Title: Are Students Practicing or Communicating?

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Interview Guest: Joshua Cabral

Discussion Questions:

 

  • What is Joshua’s definition of a communication task?
  • Why does he say practice is also important?

 

Reflection Questions:

 

  • What is a communicative task that you have done recently?
  • Think of a recent prompt or exercise from your class. How could you change it to make it a communicative task?
  • What was something Joshua shared that you would like to apply to your teaching?

 

Notes:

Welcome to the 2nd episode of Inspired Proficiency – with Ashley Uyaguari!

Inspired Proficiency is a podcast for language teachers created by language teachers – featuring interviews, tricks, resources, and tons of inspiration for your classroom!  In this episode Ashley talks about the following:

  • Shares some idea for adding fun to your classroom
  • Interviews Joshua Cabral of World Language Classroom
  • “Bestie Battles”- Game Show

Ashley and Joshua discuss whether students are practicing or communicating. Joshua defines both concepts, and give examples of exercises and tasks. Joshua’s tips for creating tasks will get your students communicating at any proficiency level!

“Bestie Battles” features Nathan Lutz & Amanda Seewald vs. Jenny Delfini & Beth Slocum – in a Newlywed style game show where they try to guess their colleague’s answers for a variety of questions. Which team will be victorious? Be sure to play along!

Things We Mention In This Episode:

Joshua’s Blog World Language Classroom

Joshua’s Communicative Activities

Joshua’s Exercises and Tasks

Joshua’s Feedback

Ashley’s Blog

NECTFL

Episode 3: Teacher Burnout & Desk-Free Panel

Title: Tips to Avoid Teacher Burnout

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Interview Guest: Kristopher Morehead

Discussion Questions:

 

  • Why does Kristopher believe this is a crucial topic for teachers?
  • What are some examples of the “small stuff” that Kristopher talks about. How can they get it get in the way?
  • Which tip most resonated with you? Why?

 

Reflection Questions:

 

  • Have you experienced burn out? Describe it.
  • What could you do to bring the “Victory Lap” to your department or school? How do you think this could help the culture of your department or school?
  • What was something Kristopher shared that you would like to apply to your teaching?

 

Notes:

It’s the 3rd episode of Inspired Proficiency – with Ashley Uyaguari! Inspired Proficiency is a podcast for language teachers created by language teachers – featuring interviews, tricks, resources, and tons of inspiration for your classroom!  In this episode Ashley talks about the following:

  • Tips to Avoid Teacher Burnout with Kristopher Morehead.
  • A Desk-Free Panel with four incredible teachers! Allison Weinhold, Natalia DeLaat, Tina Hargaden and Annabelle Allen!

Ashley and Kristopher discuss his 9 tips to avoid teacher burnout and achieve a good work/life balance. After listening be sure to tweet or post your “Victory Lap”!

The desk-free panel features 4 passionate teachers who have taken a leap to transform their classrooms physically by removing all their desks. They each share their reasons for this change as well as tips for teachers considering a desk-free class.

Episode Guests:

Kristopher Morehead

Allison Weinhold

Natalia DeLaat

Tina Hargaden

Annabelle Alle

Episode 4: Brain Breaks

Title: Brain Breaks with Annabelle Allen

 

Click here to listen

 

Interview Guest: Annabelle Allen aka La Maestra Loca

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  • Why does Annabelle advocate for brain breaks?
  • What are “brain bursts”?
  • What was a favorite brain break example she gave?

 

 

Reflection Questions:

 

  • How often do students move in your classroom? Would you like to increase that?
  • Thinking of your current unit, topic or thread, create a quick brain break idea for your students.
  • What was something Annabelle shared that you would like to apply to your teaching?

 

 

Notes:

It’s the 4th episode of Inspired Proficiency – with Ashley Uyaguari! Inspired Proficiency is a podcast for language teachers created by language teachers – featuring interviews, tricks, resources, and tons of inspiration for your classroom!  In this episode Ashley talks about the following:

 

  • Brain Breaks with Annabelle Allen
  • A Games Panel with Courtney Miller and Amelia Eastin

Ashley and Annabelle chat about Annabelle’s tool box of Brain Breaks! Annabelle is well known for using these throughout her classes and workshops. She shares her expertise including brain break ideas, why, when and how! You’ll be inspired to get your students moving.

 

The desk-free panel features 2 teachers sharing games! Amelia and Courtney teach at Midview High School in Northeast Ohio. Courtney teaches and Amelia teaches Spanish. These students are very lucky! They share games for fun community building and language production.

Episode Guests:

Annabelle Allen

Amelia Eastin

Courtney Miller

 

Things mentioned in this episode by Annabelle:

Research

Selfies and Mannequin Challenge:

Breathing

Rock Paper Scissors/ Serpent/ Evolution:

Parts of the body

Her Website

Her Blog

Upcoming Conferences

YouTube Channel and hundreds of videos of classroom activities and Brain breaks

 

Mentioned in Games Panel:

Camp Resources

Improv Encyclopedia

 

Episode 5: Establishing TL Environment

Title: Tips for Establishing a Target Language Only Environment

 

Click here to listen

 

Host’s Segment: Ashley Uyaguari shares tips.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  • Share one or two tips that Ashley shared.
  • According to Ashley, why is movement important for establishing the TL environment?

 

 

Reflection Questions:

 

  • Which of these tips do you think you already implement in your classroom and which do you think could be a good addition?
  • What is an obstacle to maintaining the TL in your classroom?
  • What was something Ashley shared that you would like to apply to your teaching?

 

Notes:

Welcome to our 5th Episode! Inspired Proficiency is a podcast for language teachers created by language teachers – featuring interviews, tricks, resources, and tons of inspiration for your classroom!  In this episode Ashley talks about the following:

 

  • Ingredients for Establishing a Target Language Only Environment
  • 2 New Game Ideas with Kristine Keefe
  • Guess What? Gameshow part one with Gale Stafford and Estela Schmalz

Ashley shares a little bit about her classroom and 7 ingredients she includes in her classes to establish a target language only environment for her Novice-Lows.

 

Kristine’s games focus on Breakout Edu and a Twitter inspired game. See links below for resources!

 

Finally, Estela Schmalz & Gale Stafford team up for a circumlocution inspired game called “Guess What?!” See how well they can do and we’ll see if they are victorious in part 2.

 

Episode Guests:

Kristine Keefe

Estela Schmalz

Gale Stafford

Things mentioned in this episode:

Ashley’s Blog with post about the ingredients

Ashley’s class website with behaviors for Novice-Low inferring, expressing and extending

Hashtag Game

Breakout Game 1

Breakout Game 2

Inspired Proficiency Facebook Page

Ashley’s Workshop

 

Episode 6: Interpersonal Activities

Title: Interpersonal Activities with Ying Jin, ACTFL TOY 2018

 

Click here to listen

 

Interview Guest: Ying Jin

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  • What is interpersonal communication?
  • Which ACTFL core practices does Ying discuss?

 

 

Reflection Questions:

 

  • How often do you include interpersonal communication in your lessons?
  • Which of Ying’s interpersonal activities would you like to adapt for your students? How?
  • What was something Ying shared that you would like to apply to your teaching?

 

 

Notes:

It’s Episode 6 with ACTFL 2018 Teacher Of the Year, Ying Jin! Inspired Proficiency is a podcast for language teachers created by language teachers – featuring interviews, tricks, resources, and tons of inspiration for your classroom!  In this episode Ashley talks about the following:

 

  • Interpersonal Activities with Ying Jin, ACTFL TOY 2018
  • Strategies for Starting Class with 5 Passionate World Language Teachers!

Episode Guests: (Follow them on Twitter!)

Ying Jin

Marissa Coulehan

Maris Hawkins

Alexandra Mylonas

Richard Smith

Colin Oriard

Things mentioned in this episode:

Mentioned by Ying Jin:

ACTFL Core Practices

Today’s Meet

Padlet

Stanford World Language Project

Pechaflickr

 

Mentioned by Panel:

Maris’ Blog

Musicuentos

No Bellringers 1

No Bellringers 2

Alexandra’s Site

Colin’s Poem

 

 


 

 

Episode 7: Shifting to Proficiency

Title: Subversives, Supervisors, and Don’t Forget the Marigolds

 

Click here to listen

 

Interview Guests: Ruth Whalen Crockett & Meredith White

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  • How does Ruth suggest you find a support system when shifting approaches?
  • What was Meredith’s tip for changing past lessons/projects in order to incoporate them into your proficiency-based classroom?

 

 

Reflection Questions:

 

  • Where are you in your journey of proficiency-based teaching? Is it where you want to be?
  • Who is your marigold?
  • Who do you support in your community?
  • What was something that Ruth or Meredith said that resonated with you?

 

 

Notes:

It’s Episode 7 of Inspired Proficiency! Ruth Whalen Crockett discusses “Subversives, Supervisors, and Don’t Forget the Marigolds”. And Meredith White shares her shift to proficiency.

 

Episode Guests:

Ruth Whalen Crockett

Meredith White

 

Things mentioned in this episode:

New Teachers Collaborative

Marigold Article by Jennifer Gonsalez

Tell Collab

 

Episode 8: Student Motivation

Title: Student Motivation and Community

 

Click here to listen

 

Interview Guest: Diego Ojeda

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  • How does Diego suggest we motivate students?
  • What was a tip Diego had for creating community?

 

 

Reflection Questions:

 

  • What is the culture of your classroom like?
  • What do you think motivates your students?
  • What was something Diego shared that you would like to apply to your teaching?

 

 

Notes:

It’s Episode 8 of Inspired Proficiency! Diego Ojeda discusses Motivation. And Stephanie Carbonneau shares inspiring end of the year activities!

 

Episode Guests:

Diego Ojeda

Stephanie Carbonneau

Student Panel: Claire, Elena & Sophie

 

Things mentioned in this episode:

Ben Slavic

Diego’s Blog

Teach Like A Pirate

Maris Hawkins and Goosechase App

Stephanie’s Blog

 


 

 

 

 

Episode 9: Project Based Learning

Title: Project Based Learning in the Target Language

 

Click here to listen

 

Interview Guest: Laura Sexton aka Sra. Spanglish

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  • How does Laura define PBL?
  • Describe one of her project examples.

 

 

Reflection Questions:

 

  • What topics would your students want to do projects on?  
  • What authentic audience can you think of in your community?
  • Failing is a big part of learning and of teaching. Share a time you learned from failure as a teacher.
  • What was something Laura shared that you would like to apply to your teaching?

 

 

Notes:

It’s Episode 9 of Inspired Proficiency! Laura Sexton talked about Project Based Learning in the Target Language. Ashley shares her favorite end of the year project and teachers share their highlights from the year of teaching.

 

Episode Guest:

Laura Sexton

 

Things mentioned in this episode:

PBL in the TL, Laura’s Blog

Episode 10: Reading

Title: Reading!

 

Click here to listen

 

Interview Guests: Mandy Levine & Jeannie LaPlatney

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  • What was Mandy’s description of Extensive Reading?
  • Describe Jeannie’s approach to reading.
  • How did they describe starting their libraries and brining reading into their classrooms?

 

 

Reflection Questions:

 

  • How often do your students read? Would you like to increase that?
  • After listening, do you think accountability with reading is necessary, or allowing students to read without attaching a task?
  • How can you change a task you do to make it communicative?
  • What was something Mandy or Jeannie shared that you would like to apply to your teaching?

 

 

Notes:

It’s Episode 10 of Inspired Proficiency! The last episode of the season! Ashley interviews Mandy Levine and Jeannie LaPlatney all about reading!

 

Episode Guest:

Mandy Levine

Jeannie LaPlatney

 

 

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