Audrey Misiano

French and Spanish Teacher, Life-long learner, Teacher - high school
Syracuse, NY, United States

About Audrey

Bio

SUNNY EARTH ACADEMY
Where Learners Become Global Teachers

OUR MISSION
Sunny Earth Academy harnesses the power of literacy and the global community to cultivate multiliterate individuals.

OUR VISION
Sunny Earth Academy envisions a global sharing of engaging language learning resources. By harnessing the power of the web and our global community, we provide our learners with fun and free opportunities to become literate in multiple languages.

OUR VALUES
Sunny Earth Academy views multiliteracy as the most important element to ensure success in life. We value the power of literacy in other languages to improve literacy in native tongues. We believe that children worldwide benefit from the opportunity to learn other languages starting at birth. We value the importance of literacy in various areas in addition to language learning. We believe in the power of the global community to help us create the Sunny Earth Academy. The Academy only exists through collaboration, cooperation and community efforts. We believe that if you join us on this learning adventure, together we will create positive change in literacy education for our global community.

OUR APPROACH
Everyone has something positive to teach the world. Let's harness the power of the web to share our talents of teaching languages to young learners! Create your own learning file and share it with us on the Sunny Earth Community page. We will share your learning link in our Learning Resources section. If you share a YouTube video with us, we will add it as a favorite on our YouTube Channel and allow time for global feedback. Learn from constructive criticism and use helpful comments to improve your future lessons. Our initial efforts teach basic English, French, Spanish, Sign Language and math.

WHO WE ARE
We are a husband and wife team from upstate New York who enjoy learning and using new technologies in our careers as educators. We are committed to providing our two children and our students with the best possible skills in multiple areas of literacy. My husband, Kevin Misiano, is a high school math teacher and is incorporating a combination of math and technology literacy through the use of iPads and iPods. My focus is on literacy in multiple languages in combination with technology literacy. My name is Audrey Misiano and I am a native English speaker who became trilingual through living abroad in France, Spain, Belgium and Costa Rica. I teach World Languages (French and Spanish) in the district where our two children will soon be attending.

OUR FAMILY
Kevin and I have been married for ten years and have two children. Our daughter, Soleil is four-years-old and our son, Geo, is two-years-old. Kevin and I agreed that I’d speak only en français to our children. Sometimes, we share our silly French learning songs with our little nephew, Travis Haines, as well as with other dear family and friends.

WHAT MOTIVATES US
Love.

WHAT INSPIRES US
First and foremost, our children inspire us. Sylvia Duckworth inspires us due to the amazing French and technology resources she has created and shared with the world. The Khan Academy inspires us as we are also committed to creating, collecting and sharing free educational resources. In addition there are many remarkable speakers on TED who speak passionately about global ideas we feel are inspirational and worth spreading. Finally, the parents of Travis Haines inspire us. They desire to teach their child another language even though they themselves are monolingual. We want to help.

Languages

English, French, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Teaching, Learning , Positive thinking

An idea worth spreading

I want to prove that through the careful integration of second languages starting at birth, we can raise multiliterate children who excel in their native language.

I'm passionate about

Life, love, language, laughter, learning...and alliteration!!!

Talk to me about

Globalizing education and how we can work together to improve literacy via implementing multiliteracy strategies.

My TED story

I want to make a global impact on education. This passion was born out of my desire to raise my children bilingual. While american schools are cutting programs in the arts and world language, I cry out to anyone who'll listen: Multiliteracy is one answer to improve student success. Literacy in multiple forms improves learning. I'm especially passionate about second language literacy as I want to improve native literacy through the careful integration of second language learning at my school and at home.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Audrey Misiano
Posted over 3 years ago
What wrong(s) would you right?
Thank you Medfa and Michael for your encouraging comments!! There are already a lot of amazing people online sharing awesome language learning resources. I've been incredibly lucky to connect with several of them on twitter. So, I guess where I said above that I hope Sunny Earth Academy sparks a global sharing of resources, I should correct...I hope it sparks the CREATION of new resources by language learners themselves. I have started a club at my school which is doing just that. We're off to a slow start, but the students and I are dedicated to creating and offering engaging, high-quality lessons for the world. I appreciate both of your comments immensely. Thank you again! Medfa, I'd love for you to keep up with the project! The site will be at sunnyearthacademy.org and I'm hoping to launch before the New Year (with any luck)! I have put TED in the "Our Inspiration" section of the site...so many great presentations and wonderful ways to connect globally with fine people such as you!
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Audrey Misiano
Posted over 3 years ago
What wrong(s) would you right?
Wrong: The belief of many US citizens that people around the world speak English, so we need not bother to learn another language. Right: Language learning promotes literacy and peace and is increasingly important for success in today’s global world. I am advocating on behalf of early language learning in the United States. Most schools are wasting the most flexible years for a child's brain to learn languages. According to Patricia Kuhl: "babies are linguistic geniuses" (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies.html) and by the age of seven, the brain's aptitude for language learning starts to decline. The benefits to language learning (http://www.ncssfl.org/papers/BenefitsSecondLanguageStudyNEA.pdf) are immense and the need for multiliterate individuals continues to rise as the world becomes more interconnected. In order to aid parents and teachers in exposing their children and students to quality language learning resources which are both free and easily accessible, I'm creating a website called Sunny Earth Academy which I hope to launch before the New Year. Think Khan Academy (http://www.khanacademy.org/) only the teacher is not one person, but participants from around the world who share their creations for teaching French, Spanish and English. I’m hoping the website will encourage monolingual parents to expose their children to other languages starting as early as possible. The inspiration for the website is the desire to share how my own children are learning French with their baby cousins, whose parents are monolingual. I also dream that the site will spark a global interest in sharing free, easily accessible resources for language learning. I believe that through language learning, people gain multicultural awareness and in turn, language learners become more tolerant, peaceful citizens of our global world. World language education promotes multicultural awareness…multicultural awareness promotes peace.
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Audrey Misiano
Posted almost 4 years ago
What makes a great teacher?
Yes, I am! And I hope to never lose the desire to learn and to share my passion for teaching languages! I also hope to help reform the way the United States teaches World Language...would love to see it start nationwide in Kindergarten!
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Audrey Misiano
Posted almost 4 years ago
What makes a great teacher?
A great teacher is passionate about their subject and about sharing their knowledge. They are also life-long learners who provide a positive classroom environment for their diverse student population.
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Audrey Misiano
Posted almost 4 years ago
What subjects do you think you should be taught at school nowadays?
Teach World Languages by infusing them with rich cultural and cross-curricular academic content. World Language education promotes multicultural awareness...Multicultural awareness promotes peace. Plus, the benefits of language learning are endless, especially in this global marketplace! In addition, I believe service learning projects are extremely important!
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Audrey Misiano
Posted almost 4 years ago
Should early education involve technology?
I am a mother of two, who loves technology. However, I feel that knowing how to interact properly with humans is a very important skill that parents need to model for their children. That being said, I do allow my children to use our iPod touch for educational resources. My four-year-old uses it for about 5-10 minutes a day to learn basic literacy skills in English and French. She calls it "playing" although she has learned her letters in two languages and is now learning about rhyming and spelling. As a teacher, I feel it is important to consider the amazing benefits that such devices can yield for young learners. The educational resources that are available is amazing. From fraction games to graphing calculators for math, letter tracing to touchy books for literacy, the possibilities for improving literacy in its multiple forms via apps is endless.