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UNI's Tete-a-Tete and some teaching inspiration!

21 Apr 2011 12:14 PM | Carrie Morris

First, a big Gracias and Bravo to the Modern Languages faculty at UNI for such a great event on Saturday, April 9.  Paul Sandrock was an amazing keynote speaker. If you ever get a chance to see him speak, it is a must.  He is so personable, helpful, and inspiring.  He gave comments on global competency, and had a basic outline for how to create it.  For as simple as it could seem, that is what we should try to do. 

  • Start with curiosity
  • Add in experiences to build curiosity
  • Add desire to communicate
  • Provide tools to communicate
  • Instill confidence to communicate across borders

One really useful part of the day surprised me.  Late in the semester, it's easy to lose focus and motivation.  Sandrock showed a video of a French immersion teacher, Jai Scott that is on the Annenberg Learner website.  It hit me--this is why we do what we do.  That experience, along with others from the UNI events, have helped me keep it up the last few weeks.  Here is a link to the video:  There are also links to other classrooms.  I haven't watched them yet, but this one did its magic. 

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