When I began teaching in an early-total, one way Spanish immersion program in 2006, I already had a wide variety of experiences teaching in other contexts:
- teaching core content in Spanish at a public school in Mexico
- serving as an elementary world language teacher with 100% of my class periods in Spanish
- ESL summer migrant programs
Those years were the greatest, most learning-filled times of my life. And each of those experiences informs my practice and helps me make a difference in the lives of children as part of my professional toolkit.
Yet, when I began teaching first grade Spanish immersion in an early-total, one way program…I still had questions. Lots of them.
I studied what research I could find, but it was next to impossible for me to become an expert overnight. After school was absorbed by the day-to-day demands of my role, and my focus had to be on my students in real-time.
My generous colleagues provided historical information about our program, and from them, I gathered new learning. I took advantage of as many learning opportunities as I could. Still, we all wanted to be 100% certain that our practice matched what the field said was best for facilitating students’ learning toward the three-fold goal of dual language immersion education.
ENTER: add.a.lingua informed educator guide
With dedicated, busy(!), and information hungry immersion teachers in mind, we’ve developed the FREE informed educator guide. Whether your school partners with add.a.lingua or not, we know all teachers have a desire to learn more, know more, and try out new things. The informed educator guide is designed to help you do just that.
The resources we’ve included (program design information, language proficiency demystified, the checklist, terminology, as well as multiple instructional tools) are ALL resources that I wish I would have had access to when I began my work in the immersion realm.
Everything we’ve included in the guide would be GREAT to use at a PLC meeting for processing and reflection, or at a staff meeting for calibration of practices, values, and beliefs. We hope you enjoy exploring them with your teacher teams!
If after you explore the informed educator guide, you’d like to go further and talk about additional resources or professional learning opportunities, we’re happy to start that conversation. Feel free to leave us a note using the form below and our team will be in touch with you shortly.