Routine: Students know that when they first arrive in class they do the same routine everyday, called “les quatres étapes”.
- Prenez les cahiers de classe.
- Sortez les devoirs de hier soir.
- Ecrivez les devoirs.
- Faites l’exercice rapide.
Class starts with the “quick exercise” that is on the board.
Seating plan and group work: Students sit in groups in assigned seats. Seats change every unit. The group works together on such tasks as storytelling. On occasion the student is asked to take a role based on the position of his or her seat.
Pair work: Students sign up for eight to twelve partners at the beginning of the year. In 6th and 7th grade partners are “clock buddies”, using the visual of a clock. In 8th grade partners are “where buddies”, using the idea of meeting a partner in different places. Both techniques are to facilitate quick pairing up. Students who have absent partners approach the teacher to be paired up.
Accountability for speaking French: Students take 3 clothes pins a day from the bucket. If the student speaks English during class, the teacher takes away a clothes pin. If the student goes above and beyond speaking in French, the teacher may give a clothes pin. Clothes pins are tallied as points at the end of class. A participation grade is given based on the number of points the student possesses.