Does this sound familiar to you? Via Facebook, Twitter, Edmodo, Google search, or a two-hour plummet down the rabbit hole known as Pinterest, you found exactly the right authentic resource for your upcoming lesson on members of the family. You spent 72 minutes designing a scaffolding activity that would help make it more comprehensible and focus your students’ attention on the portions that would engage their interest and foster their proficiency and acquisition. You printed/posted it, set up for class, and they were finished in three and a half minutes.
It’s happened to you, right? This is the scenario that teachers told me was all too common last week at the conference for the Texas Foreign Language Association, where I presented a session called Goldilocks and the Three Authentic Resources: Too Hard, Too Dull, Just Right. (I’ll be presenting this again with Meriwynn Mansori of VIF International next month at ACTFL ’15.) You can view my slides below, but what I really want to offer, and ask your help with, is a collaborative project I proposed through this session: a spreadsheet to curate those just-right authentic resources and the activities we work so hard designing to go along with them, so that we can share our hard work, benefit from the hard work of others, and mostly save those two-hour rabbit-hole trips on Pinterest for finding the most awesome tips for home-made Halloween costumes.
Just think: what if all of you added one resource and activity per month? How much time would you save not looking for resources and creating activities someone else has already done?