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An online community for writing project TCs providing access to collaborative help in teaching English Language Learners.

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Brandy De Alba replied to Lorena Sanchez's discussion Summer School! Teaching language and writing through science. in the group Look Inside My Classroom
"Thank, Lorena! We ordered the Scholastic News Science Readers for our site. The teachers are very excited to get their hands on them! They are very reasonably priced, too!"
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Andrea Sforzini is now a member of Know ELLs
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Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Educational Leadership: Science In the Spotlight

A friend shared with me an article in Educational Leadership, "Where Literacy and Science Intersect" that made a strong argument for teaching science to all students. "To build literacy, young children need more than instruction in such fundamental skills as recognizing letters, decoding words, learning vocabulary words, and reading and discussing stories. They also need opportunities to use oral and written language to learn about the world and to communicate their ideas and…See More
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Lilly Houston joined Debra Schneider's group
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Writing with ELLs

Teaching the CCSS-ELA text types to ELLs of all ages.See More
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Aug 12
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Teachers Teaching Teachers

There is just something about the strength and power in collaborating with other teachers. Teachers hold a wealth of knowledge and know-how based on their years of experience in the classroom trenches. I remember when California had bilingual education going strong throughout the state. I was a Spanish first grade bilingual teacher. I would become frustrated when attending workshops for teaching reading in English. Whole different world! During these types of PD bilingual teachers would gather…See More
Aug 7
Nina Gilbert is now a member of Know ELLs
Aug 6
Brandy De Alba commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post What's in a name?
"Lorena, when I mispronounce my students names and ask them to teach me how to say them, they will often say no it's fine the way you said it. This is so not true. Many times they say this just to get the spot light off of them if within the…"
Aug 6
Lorena Sanchez replied to Lorena Sanchez's discussion Summer School! Teaching language and writing through science. in the group Look Inside My Classroom
"Yes!!! I put in a Donors Choose for them last year, and used them successfully with my class.   I liked that they were informational text the kids could really interact with, and that it was timely, relevant information they wanted to…"
Jul 24
Lorena Sanchez posted a blog post

What's in a name?

When I started elementary school, I was a shy, Spanish-only speaking little girl who was too unsure of herself to correct the teachers, and later students, who mispronounced my name.  I still cringe when I remember the nine long years I had to deal with "Loreena Purina cat chow" jokes.  How I wish I could go back in time and correct those teachers who innocently butchered my name and made me resent how unique my name was for a long time! A recent article on Teaching Tolerance and a trending…See More
Jul 24
Brandy De Alba replied to Lorena Sanchez's discussion Summer School! Teaching language and writing through science. in the group Look Inside My Classroom
"Lorena, thank you for the video! The interaction and work samples really show the learning in your classroom. I am hoping to help encourage teachers at my site to incorporate more informational text within our classrooms, especially science related.…"
Jul 23
Lorena Sanchez added a discussion to the group Look Inside My Classroom
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Summer School! Teaching language and writing through science.

Animoto movieThis summer, I had the opportunity to work with first and second grade migrant students on their writing skills, and I immediately took the opportunity to incorporate science into our days.  The kids not only learned about how to write stories, and opinions, but also about the planets, plants, animals, and life cycles.  The video shows how I used various teaching strategies and techniques to get the kids…See More
Jul 23
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

What's "Value Added" About Tech Tools in the Classroom?

Read this great article by Nicole Mirra "What's 'Value Added' About Tech Tools in the Classroom?" It includes a recent webinar  through an Educator Innovator webinar that featured Dr. Richard Beach, professor emeritus of English education at the University of Minnesota. The webinar also included Dr. Antero Garcia, assistant professor at Colorado State University and fellow DML Central…See More
Jul 22
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Classroom Culture

Many of us are beginning the heart breaking end of summer days; yep it's time to gear up for the new school year. Even though we are trying to fight the morning light, our brains are already in hyper drive with the inevitable To-Do list we have before us to gear up for the new school year...a teacher's work is never done.While scouring for the best back to school deals, I came across this letter written to Donald Trump by  …See More
Jul 20
Robin Blackett is now a member of Know ELLs
Jul 20
Sonya Gorski joined Debra Schneider's group
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Writing with ELLs

Teaching the CCSS-ELA text types to ELLs of all ages.See More
Jul 13

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Educational Leadership: Science In the Spotlight

A friend shared with me an article in Educational Leadership, "Where Literacy and Science Intersect" that made a strong argument for teaching science to all students. 
"To build literacy, young children need more than instruction in such fundamental skills as recognizing letters, decoding words, learning vocabulary words, and reading and discussing stories. They also need opportunities to use oral and written language to learn about…
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Posted by Brandy De Alba on August 25, 2015 at 6:44pm

Teachers Teaching Teachers

There is just something about the strength and power in collaborating with other teachers. Teachers hold a wealth of knowledge and know-how based on their years of experience in the classroom trenches. I remember when California had bilingual education going strong throughout the state. I was a Spanish first grade bilingual teacher. I would become frustrated when attending workshops for teaching reading in English. Whole different world! During these types of PD bilingual teachers would…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on August 7, 2015 at 10:58am

What's in a name?

When I started elementary school, I was a shy, Spanish-only speaking little girl who was too unsure of herself to correct the teachers, and later students, who mispronounced my name.  I still cringe when I remember the nine long years I had to deal with "Loreena Purina cat chow" jokes.  How I wish I could go back in time and correct those teachers who innocently butchered my name and made me resent how unique my name was for a long time! 

A recent article on Teaching Tolerance and a…

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Posted by Lorena Sanchez on July 24, 2015 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

What's "Value Added" About Tech Tools in the Classroom?

Read this great article by Nicole Mirra "What's 'Value Added' About Tech Tools in the Classroom?" It includes a recent webinar  through an Educator Innovator webinar that featured Dr. Richard Beach, professor emeritus of English education at the University of Minnesota. The webinar also included Dr. Antero Garcia, assistant professor at Colorado State University…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on July 22, 2015 at 5:02pm

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6 Storytelling Apps That Get English Language Learners Talking

For English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom, speaking English in front of others — particularly native speakers — can cause tremendous anxiety. In fact, the dread of speaking can actually...

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

Inside the classroom: What does bilingual education look like?

At Kreitner Elementary School in Collinsville, one of the three kindergarten classes is bilingual. Teacher Kimberly Cook starts the year speaking mostly in Spanish and moves toward English later in...

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

School program restructured for English language learners

The Hughes Educational Center, which contains classroom space next to Bismarck Public Schools' administration offices, now houses a new English language learner program for the district's youngest...

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

Special Project: Can New Orleans deliver a high-quality education for all its children?

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina — and all the upheaval and change that it wrought on every facet of life — parts of New Orleans are flourishing again. No American city in recent years...

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

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