World Language Teacher
Madame Cohen is a true francophile who is obsessed with learning all she can about the French language and culture. She loves sharing her passion with students and finds tremendous joy in being around children each day. Her next trip is to French-speaking Morocco!
Impacting Students My favorite lesson is one in which I will elicit immediate and explicit feedback from students while providing an atmosphere that is open and fun. I like to begin with a brief warm-up oral activity that brings out prior-learning and then build upon this with a brief new lesson (5-10 mins max). Directly afterward, I like to pull out little white boards and markers for each student and either pair them up in small groups or have them work solo. With these, they are asked to show me what they've just learned. In circling around and pointing to their work, I can immediately see what they know, understand and are able to do. I can make simple recommendations, allowing for quick formative assessments along the way. In order to make it fun, I will often ask them to keep score in their group or solo, so that they can keep track of their success. Sometimes they earn fake Euros at the end, sometimes they just know that they are doing well through their final score. When asked, the students seem to prefer this style of learning.
Lifelong Learner Learning and the Brain was truly impactful in that it challenged me to look at creativity in a whole new light. We need to empower students to find their unique talent or passion if there’s any hope in them finding purpose later on. I learned that there is no such thing as a creative person; creative ideas are real, however, and come about almost always in collaboration with others. This idea underscores the value of a growth mindset over a fixed one. I now offer more choice in activities, projects and other assignments and incorporate more group activities in the classroom.
Favorite Teaching Moment I like when I can incorporate French-speaking cultures into my lessons. I also like to create authentic exchanges in the classroom - role plays, presentations about the self, family, friends, hopes, dreams etc. The students love participating in these types of activities.
Favorite Global City I love Paris because of its diversity, culture, food, architecture and people.
Outside the Classroom I’m ... Reading, studying Spanish and French, doing pilates, jogging, spending time with my family, baking.
Fun Fact I am one of nine children and we're all just one year apart in age!
Joined Graland in... 2014
Also Known As ... SCAC Member, Differentiation Cohort Member, Service Council Advisor (7/8), Debate Club Leader
Hometown Denver, Colorado
Education BA from University of Colorado MA from University of Denver Certificate from University of Bordeaux Licensed Colorado Teacher for Foreign Language, K-12
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.