FLAVA: Best In State Recognition

Published On: March 20th, 2024 | Categories: In The Classroom |

In October, Mrs. Stickley (Spanish 4th, 5th, and 8th grade) represented Powhatan School at the annual Fall Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) conference along with two of her former colleagues at Loudoun Valley High School. She and her colleagues presented “The Crime Scene” for other world language teachers. “The Crime Scene” is an open-ended scene in which students walk into a room where a “crime” has been committed. Objects are around the room and they must figure out what crime took place and report on it. There is no “right answer” and students must rely on their own creativity to report the crime. The original presentation is appropriate for upper level students (Levels 5-AP). Stickley’s contribution makes it appropriate for the lower levels by demonstrating how she uses the same idea with her eighth grade students and a common chapter book. The presentation was voted on by teachers at the conference and “The Crime Scene” tied for “Best in State.”

This honor gave Stickley and her former colleagues the opportunity to represent Virginia earlier in March at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching which is attended by teachers from Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Luisiana, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. While at the conference, Mrs. Stickley attended numerous sessions on student engagement and AI. Upon her return, she immediately incorporated new activities into her lesson plan and has shared a version of AI with her colleagues.

Stickley, and her former colleagues, were invited to present again at the Spring Foreign Language Association of Virginia one-day conference coming up this April. Stickley is grateful for the opportunity to represent not just Virginia, but Powhatan School as well. She appreciates the support she has received from Powhatan School to be able to attend the events and bring back fresh ideas.

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