Suivez mes directions

This is your “Suivez mes directions” life aspect blog section. Have questions? Have ideas? Looking for a school to partner up with to do online video to video conferencing with specific tasks from this life aspect? Here is your chance to post and our chance to grow together as French teachers!

19 Comments

  • Educorock Reply

    My first advice to you is to always feel free to use the 24/7 support that comes with the DJ DELF Kit. You can contact DJ DELF himself by email info@educorock.com, by FB (www.facebook.com/etienneonline) or by Twitter (@etienne2).

    September 18, 2015 at 8:49 pm
  • Kathryn Reply

    During the 4 corners strategy, pair up students from other quadrants so that there are more students speaking rather than just one speaker for the group.

    September 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm
    • Educorock Reply

      Again, super advice Kathryn! Thanks!

      September 27, 2015 at 8:23 pm
  • Margaret Reply

    I’m not sure how to encourage ALL students in each quadrant to participate equally. The one and only time I’ve tried it so far, 1 person from each group did the sharing to the other groups. I made sure to circulate to make sure they shared within their quadrants, but maybe it’s so new a concept that they really didn’t understand what I wanted. End of ramble.

    September 27, 2015 at 8:01 pm
    • Educorock Reply

      Great question Margaret. I make it a “rule” that a minimum of 3 sentences must be shared, by three different individuals. Kathryn’s idea about pairing students is a fantastic idea as well. Yes, the “Four Corners” strategy will be new to many. It’s a research-based proven one (like all the DJ DELF Kit activities). So, keep at it! 🙂 It’s a great way for students to mix and mingle and see that they have a lot in common. They learn about each other as they learn the language! 🙂

      September 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm
  • Carmel Reply

    regarding the 4 corners activity as applied to the 4 Quartiers step of the Suivez mes directions life aspect — make students explain why they (as a group or pair) have chosen the quartier they have chosen. — Great way to practise vocab in second and 3rd person too — Pourquoi etes-vous au quartier 1? Parce que nous aimons… mais ils aiment …. et nous n’aimons pas….

    September 27, 2015 at 8:02 pm
  • Kathryn Reply

    My students created a scavenger hunt last year. Best wiritng that I have seen from my grade 6’s ever

    September 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm
  • Carmel Reply

    Can use a scavenger hunt — keep the scavenger hunt in the school setting. from room to room —
    scavenger hunt in the school or also on the school yard, if you can get outside — can incorporate some other language, if you can…. 🙂

    September 27, 2015 at 8:16 pm
  • Kiersten Reply

    Attended an amazing Shop Talk tonight with DJDELF. Some fantastic ideas for this Life Aspect were shared…Suivez mes directions. Going to love making a Scavenger Hunt with my Grade 5s and 6s this year. The Elf on the Shelf idea that was suggested by Laura was also amazing. Thanks so much!

    September 27, 2015 at 8:21 pm
  • Laura Reply

    Can you post in the members section a colour version of the map? I have the hard copy, and colour would be great for the smartboard!

    October 4, 2015 at 8:03 pm
    • Educorock Reply

      Done Laura! Check out the SMD members section. You may now download the PDF or the Word version of the coloured map. Thank you for the great suggestion. This will be perfect for those of us doing the famous “Skittles Activity” as well.

      October 5, 2015 at 8:43 am
  • Brigitte Reply

    When working with younger grades, perhaps we could have them work in groups so that they will feel more at ease with learning. As well, some colleagues in tonight’s shop talk suggested that we could pair up older students with our younger students.

    October 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm
  • Laura Reply

    For the skittles activity, I used (canadian) Rockets, as I found it to be the cheapest option (three packs of individually wrapped rolls, for $1 each covered 2 classes)… High excitement. I would be tempted to do one or two examples with paper before hand, so it’s not entirely new AND with candy…

    October 4, 2015 at 8:06 pm
  • Carmel Reply

    When doing the map activity “Suivez mes directions” and following the “author’s” instructions, just so that you buy milk for him — that is an opportunity to help the kids learn authentic (appropriate 🙂 ) responses to a friend that leads you on a “wild goose chase”…. What could you say? Could be an opportunity to teach idioms, common expressions (for older students, especially 🙂 )

    October 4, 2015 at 8:33 pm
  • Carmel Reply

    RE: language learned in the instructions given in the song —
    ne et ni
    future proche (vous allez trouver….)

    October 4, 2015 at 8:34 pm
  • Carmel Reply

    When using the Google maps instructions to get from A to B — in Toronto there is a great deal of construction around the sites mentioned in the kit, and in the summer many routes were closed due to the Pan Am Games. Having the kids think about what they could do if they couldn’t follow the usual route would be another way of adding complexity… for those who need it. Put up roadblocks — NOW what could you do?? 🙂

    October 4, 2015 at 8:36 pm
  • Carmel Reply

    For the Skittles activity — eating candy in class is a no-no unless it is a designated “nutrition exemption day”, according to Ministry policy — BUT you can use something else like Bingo chips…and just skip the step about eating them 🙂 Or do it on a nutrition exemption day…. with Skittles or rockets, as someone else suggested. 😉

    October 4, 2015 at 8:38 pm
  • Yasmin Reply

    Salut!
    I teach 5/6 Core French. My question is how to differentiate instruction for my 5’s without going too slow for the 6’s in a unit like this. I also have ESL kids with no prior French instruction. Help!!!
    Thank you in advance!!!

    October 12, 2015 at 7:43 pm
    • Educorock Reply

      Hi Yasmin. One of the many advantages of the DJ DELF Kit is its scaffolded activities. One way is to start all at the same pace and have the activities ready to go. Students that wish to proceed may begin ahead of others. They will be using their learning tracker tools so they can write the dates of when they start, feel they are learning, understanding and mastering. Once mastered, they can go onto the next activity. Another strategy to keep everyone together and yet help everyone at the same time is by doing centres. Centers/Centres have been used successfully for decades. Have “stations” and break up the activities from the Kit so there are different challenges at each centre. The stronger students can help the weaker ones. Hope these two ideas help a bit….

      October 13, 2015 at 8:49 am

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