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Lauren Spector

  • Thanks, Caroline! I’m glad you found my blog post helpful!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hello, Paula! I’m delighted to hear that my blog post provided you with some inspiration for your end-of-year messages. Thank you for the excellent book recommendation–I’ll make sure to check it out!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    You’re very welcome, Suzy! Thank YOU for continuing to inspire me along the way!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    Joel, this is brilliant! What a wonderful way to have students connect and collaborate on a global scale! I love how Traveling Tales will continue to grow to include more students from different schools in various countries. Fantastic! Also, I’ll definitely take some time to check out Adobe Spark. You’ve clearly found this tool to be…[Read more]

    • Hi Lauren,
      Thanks so much. It is mind-blowing that Travelling Tales is continuing – in fact I organised the next Tales last week and we are now going to have 3 Tales at one time.. It will have 14 different classes, 13 different schools, and 9 countries all taking part. Amazing Stuff!
      I love Adobe Spark – it is a great tool for the children to…[Read more]

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    It was great to see how you’ve used Genius Hour in French class, Magali! I love how the students got to research a topic of their choice. This was an authentic way to use French–as they made cupcakes, learned about their favorite game, and presented about pranks. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Lauren,
      Thanks for your comment and for watching my video!
      You should definitely try a Genius Hour with your students! Regardless of their level of English, they will love it! And you too!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    What a wonderful project, Suzy! Thank you for including lots of videos of the students working together. It was really interesting to see different parts of the process as they collaborated to plan and create their community on Minecraft! It was also neat to see how they now use Minecraft in subjects like math!

    The successful Minecraft…[Read more]

    • Dear Lauren,

      Thank you so much for watching and commenting. There were so many joyful moments in this project as I handed over the learning and drive to the students which they then shared with the parents. The Minecraft morning was one of those moments that will stay with me for a long time. The students were so proud to show their learning in…[Read more]

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    You’re welcome, Kate! Thanks for your ongoing support!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    You’re welcome, Rebekah! Thank you for reading my post and leaving your thoughts!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    You’re very welcome, Megan! Thank YOU for reading, sharing and commenting on my post. I really appreciate your support!

  • Last Thanksgiving, I wrote a blog post An Attitude of Gratitude to share my new mission:
    In order to thank some of the countless influential people in my life, between this Thanksgiving and next Thanksgiving, I w […]

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Hi there, Shane! I’m so glad that you found my post helpful. I used to live in China, so I can certainly relate to your situation.

    Good luck with your goal of spreading the word! I’ve been trying to spread the word about the power of Twitter at my school, too. I often share exciting things that are happening on Twitter, and quite a few of my…[Read more]

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Hello, Marcelle! Thanks for reading and commenting on my post! I’m honored that your principal shared it with the staff at your school. I don’t know much about SPELTAC, but I’ll look into it. It sounds like an excellent way to connect with EAL teachers around the world. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Thank you, Susan, for reading my post and taking the time to add your thoughts! Yes, exactly–I love making those face-to-face connections after meeting someone on Twitter!

  • Twitter.

    It is, hands down, the tech tool that has had the greatest impact on my personal and professional development.  However, this wasn’t always the case.

    My Days as a Lurker

    I joined Twitter in No […]

    • Thank you, Susan, for reading my post and taking the time to add your thoughts! Yes, exactly–I love making those face-to-face connections after meeting someone on Twitter!

    • Hi Lauren, Thanks for this brilliant post, which my principal Paula Baxter just shared with our staff in the morning notices to get everyone on board for Twitter! My journey has been very similar and I like to call Twitter ‘a cognitive revolution’!. I’m always excited to ‘find’ other EAL people. Would you be interested in joining SPELTAC.org? This is a connected learning platform for EAL… or language in learning across the curriculum.

      Marcelle

      • Hello, Marcelle! Thanks for reading and commenting on my post! I’m honored that your principal shared it with the staff at your school. I don’t know much about SPELTAC, but I’ll look into it. It sounds like an excellent way to connect with EAL teachers around the world. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi there, Shane! I’m so glad that you found my post helpful. I used to live in China, so I can certainly relate to your situation.

      Good luck with your goal of spreading the word! I’ve been trying to spread the word about the power of Twitter at my school, too. I often share exciting things that are happening on Twitter, and quite a few of my colleagues have asked me how to get started with it. That’s why I decided to write this post!

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment, Shane!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed your blog post, Stephane! It was very interesting to read about the thought process behind setting up the tech room into different zones that can be used in various ways. I’m thrilled that you and Tanya get to work together this year! Like I mentioned on Tanya’s blog, I can see already that you two make a fabulous team!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Those seem like excellent reasons for pushing back COETAIL orientation, Joanna! I certainly wouldn’t have wanted you to be busting out your laptop to write a COETAIL blog post during your honeymoon. And I’m sure your husband would agree with me.

    I’m looking forward to our first COETAIL lunch tomorrow! See you then!

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hello again, Tricia! I really enjoyed reading your blog post and just updated my latest post about talking circles to include it! I particularly liked learning about the steps for creating a culture of dialogue. Step 2–Invite dissenting opinions–reminded me of a quote from James Surowiecki’s book, The Wisdom of Crowds:

    “One of the real d…[Read more]

  • Lauren Spector posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

    Hi, Magali! Thanks for your post about gamification and flipped learning! Like you, I’ve been thinking about how I could incorporate gamification more with my upper Elementary students. Since I have a few students in my Beginner EAL class who are really into Minecraft, I’ve been particularly interested in learning ways teachers use Minecraft in…[Read more]

    • Hi Lauren
      Thanks for stopping by!
      I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I think that gamification and game-based learning in language classroom have a real place in language classroom. Thank you for the link. Who knows? I might become a Minecraft-addict! 😉

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