Madame Martin's french class strives to be an immersive environment. Madame is always speaking in french, and the students speak in as much french as they possibly can -- it earns them points!! They know that they do not have to be perfect french speakers, nor do they have know a lot of french. They just have to try their best. It is ok to say words incorrectly - those are opportunities for all of us to learn and an opportunity to earn points for trying!!!!
The students also earn points by being "Good Citizens". This means they can earn extra points if they are caught in an act of kindness, good sportsmanship, respect, cooperation, and courtesy.
The students are divided into teams whose members are spread throughout all of the classes that Madame teaches. This way, the students are not only working to earn points for themselves and their team mates in their class - but also helping to earn points for their team mates in other classes! The teams are Jaune, Rouge, Noir, Violet, and Brun.
We learn to co-operate this way and learn to bond under a common goal: Speak French and earn points!! When students earn points, the points are given to their team. When a student loses points (for reasons such as lack of cooperation or not following rules - students never get strikes for academic reasons), that student is given a strike! Yikes!
Madame doesn't think it is fair to take points away from the whole team - so the student who "lost the point" actually gets a strike. If the student has three strikes, they will lose 5 minutes of our free, fun, and french day : Café Vendredi ! In that five minutes, Madame sits down with them and we write down what went wrong and how we can improve next time.
Every two weeks, Madame Martin counts up the points. It is emphasized that every second Friday is "reward" day. On this day, all of the students are rewarded with Café Vendredi ; free time to play with french games, do some art in french, read, sculpt, watch french movies, and paint. This is a time for them to relax and enjoy. This does not mean, however, that we stop speaking french!! All of the kids are being rewarded on this day for their hard work, but the team who earned the most points will get an extra little prize from Madame's prize box.
The students know this does not mean that the winning team is the only team that worked hard. It just means they did that little extra this time. Often, the teams are neck in neck and win only by one or two points. Madame Martin is always impressed by how hard the students work!!!
I will post all the movies we watch on this page, so that students and parents can watch them at home.
--- Madame Martin.