Pyromaniacs: Ignite Fires to Create Future-ready Critical Thinkers
We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet. Listicles abound of skills that are being ignored in traditional classrooms in favor of filling “buckets” with knowledge. How can we encourage and cultivate skills like creative thinking and problem solving within the context of a language course?
Julia Koch teaches French at Ridge High School in Bernards Township School District. In February 2019, she represented FLENJ as “Best of New Jersey” presenter at the Northeast Conference of Teachers of Foreign Languages. While teaching at Montville Township High School in Montville, NJ, she was honored by the American Association of Teachers of French with an Exemplary French Program Award. She earned her BS in Education (French and English) from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Learning, Cognition and Development from Rutgers University. Julia’s primary focus is on practices that allow teachers to stretch their students’ interactive linguistic skills and their intercultural awareness – and she is always pursuing new sources, resources, and good ideas via an extensive network of like-minded teachers. She blogs about teaching and learning at La Prof Caféinée. Connect with Julia on Twitter at @jaybeekay518!
Megan Williams has been teaching French at Tenafly High School in Tenafly, NJ since 2004. She is very interested in curriculum and regularly contributes to curriculum revision and writing projects in her department with a focus on vertical articulation and proficiency. Megan has worked as a Technology Mentor at Tenafly High School, supporting staff through professional development in technology integration, and she has presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and at the FLENJ Summer Refresher 2020. She was selected as Tenafly High School Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020.