Another New Beginning in my Immersion Classroom

Wendy Maxwell
Ann Chiasson is a certified AIM teacher, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ann delivers AIM workshops, inspiring and supporting new and experienced teachers who wish to use AIM in their French immersion program! Another summer has gone and a new school year has begun. Once again, I am faced with a group of 20 adorable…

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An AIM-azing Journey!

Wendy Maxwell
As a college student preparing for a career in teaching French, I would often hear: “You want to be a French teacher? I took 5 years of French and I can’t speak a word!” I’m sure this sounds familiar to you, my colleagues. From the beginning, I knew that I wanted to do something different…

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“Ready or Not for AIM Teacher Certification?”

Wendy Maxwell
Our guest blogger this week, Kem Opperman-Torres, teaches Spanish and Study Skills at St. Martin’s Episcopal Middle School in Metairie, Louisiana.  She is entering her seventh year at St. Martin’s where her two boys also attend school.  You can follow Kem on Twitter @SraTorres and participate in a monthly #AIMchat with other AIM teachers from…

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Why is the ‘Pared-Down Language’ So Important?

Wendy Maxwell
After having taught in an early immersion program for the first few years of my teaching career, I decided to move to a school to teach core French or FSL with 30 minute classes of French per day. After moving from immersion to core I found a significant difference between the language skills that students…

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AIM supports teachers with limited skills in the target language

Meghan Draper
AIM is a systematic approach that effectively scaffolds language development and supports all learners through its multimodal techniques and strategies. In fact, it has proven to help teachers with limited language proficiency as well! Teachers have discovered the great benefits of this system to support their ability to simultaneously learn as they teach the language.…

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AIM Summer Institute!

Wendy Maxwell
The AIM Summer Institute is ALWAYS a highlight of the year for me! It is an action-packed few days where AIM teachers from all over the world – from brand-new to those we have come to now over many years – join our wonderful team of passionate AIM facilitators. AIM is not just about good…

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AIM and teachers who don’t have a classroom

Meghan Draper
Teaching ‘à la carte’ If you travel from class to class with your supplies and are looking for ideas to help you ensure that not a moment of precious language learning time is wasted, here are a few ideas that have been successfully used by AIM teachers!   Organization of resources: Organize your cart! If…

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Welcome to our Blog!

Wendy Maxwell
Thank you for visiting! I hope that this space will be a forum to share best practises in the Accelerative Integrated Methodology! AIM has grown from one small classroom in Toronto to thousands of classrooms around the world and a community of wonderful, supportive and passionate educators who want to give their students an engaging…

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AIM and Creative Story Writing!

Wendy Maxwell
Here, I will share tips for effective implementation of AIM. I always welcome your questions, comments and successes! In this first blog, I am going to talk about two key AIM activities: story retelling and story extension. As AIM teachers, what we strive to do is to help students – as quickly as possible- develop…

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