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CTA Recommended Reads

I truly appreciate California's Teacher Association puts out a quarterly recommended book reading list. I see California as a state that really tries to honor multicultural education. Through literature, we can open the pathway to sharing and learning about each other through discovering the lives and cultures around us. Here are my two favorite:La Mariposa by Francisco Jimenez (author of The Circuit): "In his first year of school, Francisco understands little of what his teacher says. But he…See More
Jan 19
Alejandra Herrera Ledesma commented on Tom O'Hara's blog post Is it the cell phones?
"I have 2nd graders and am always hearing them talk to each other and explaining to each other how to do something on certain apps or games.  They will sit there and have long conversations with such exceptional details!  It is amazing to…"
Jan 13
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Gateway or Crutch

On line surveys, assessments, progress monitoring...all computer based programs given to our students . With these handy assessment tools comes equal access and adaptive modifications to support EL and Special needs students. Do these help? Do they give equal access for students to demonstrate their understanding? Or are we "dummying down" the assessment? Are we being unfair to English only students that do not have these adaptive modifications?See More
Jan 13
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Jan 13
Brandy De Alba commented on Tom O'Hara's blog post Is it the cell phones?
"Tom, I agree. Smartphones are opening up a lot of information to our students. Especially our ELs. At their fingertips they have information in their primary language. A few years ago, before our district went 2 to 1 in Chromebooks, I had a BYOD…"
Jan 13
Tom O'Hara posted a blog post

Is it the cell phones?

Three years ago, when I taught World History to a class of sophomores, the Holocaust was news to almost all of them. At first they refused to believe that something that terrible had ever happened, then they got very angry and threw themselves into our study. The next year, almost the same reaction. After a year of not teaching WH, I once again have the sophomores, but this group knows a lot about it. They are even suggesting movies that I should show the class (I won't). Why this change?…See More
Jan 9
Brandy De Alba added a discussion to the group Look Inside My Classroom
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I Want to Do This!

Check out this piece found on Inside Teaching (insideteaching.org). Sarah Capititelli shares her personal classroom research on her 1st/2nd grade classroom. I am so inspired. I really want to explore the concept of using technology to support EL language growth!See More
Jan 3
Brandy De Alba added a discussion to the group Writing with ELLs
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750 Words

Here is a site I have just learned about,750 Words. This site promotes daily writing. This is something ELs at all proficiency levels! Students are rewarded for their effort. "Every month you get a clean bowling-esque score card. If you write anything at all, you get 1 point. If you write 750 words or more, you get 2 points. If you write two, three or more days in a row, you get even more points. How I see it, points can motivate. It's fun to…See More
Jan 3
Brandy De Alba 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
Jan 3
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations
"Ok, check this one out! It's called 750 Words. At a Great Valley Writing Project leadership work day, a fellow teacher cosultant, Juliet, shared her love of this site. Basically, it promotes daily writing. The first month is free and just $5 a…"
Jan 3
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Open Doors

In an earlier blog post by Debra Schneider, she asked what sites give us classroom support, ideas, or moves us. Here is a site that was shared with me, KQED: Public Media for Northern California. A blog on this site stood out:…See More
Jan 3
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Bloom's Taxonomy and Language Learning
"The site Language Surfer is a gem! Where did you find it??? I love the tone he puts forth. I almost spilled my coffee when reading the post "3 Secrets to Learn Any Language." As for the diagram. I wold think drill grammar would be down…"
Jan 2
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations
"This post hits the nail on the proverbial head when stressing the need to use academic language with EL students. When I first started teaching I was a bilingual teacher. I taught Spanish speaking students in Spanish. When California's…"
Jan 2
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations

Last week, during instructional tours at a nearby K-8 school, I was blown away by the consistent use of academic vocabulary in every room I entered. In a meeting later in the week, a group of K-12 ELA teachers were discussing the need to establish some school-wide/district-wide vocabulary use, to give students more practice with using academic language. If you, like these teachers, think it is essential that our students get a lot of practice speaking (in English and) in academic English, here…See More
Dec 26, 2014
OWEN FRANK BOYLE joined Debra Schneider's group
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Reading Comprehension Strategies

Share your best strategies for supporting ELLs' in reading complex texts.See More
Dec 18, 2014
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Bloom's Taxonomy and Language Learning

What website informs your teaching practice? I have made my Twitter feed and Facebook feed my PLC and follow a number of sites that do the work of curating the internet for me! My latest find? This blog post about Bloom's taxonomy and learning a new language.Language Surfer says that this might be a good graphic organizer to start a discussion about language learning.…See More
Dec 16, 2014

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CTA Recommended Reads

I truly appreciate California's Teacher Association puts out a quarterly recommended book reading list. I see California as a state that really tries to honor multicultural education. Through literature, we can open the pathway to sharing and learning about each other through discovering the lives and cultures around us. Here are my two favorite:

La Mariposa by Francisco Jimenez (author of The Circuit): 

"In his first year of school, Francisco understands little of what…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on January 19, 2015 at 10:24pm

Gateway or Crutch

On line surveys, assessments, progress monitoring...all computer based programs given to our students . With these handy assessment tools comes equal access and adaptive modifications to support EL and Special needs students. Do these help? Do they give equal access for students to demonstrate their understanding? Or are we "dummying down" the assessment? Are we being unfair to English only students that do not have these adaptive modifications?

Posted by Brandy De Alba on January 13, 2015 at 4:36pm

Is it the cell phones?

Three years ago, when I taught World History to a class of sophomores, the Holocaust was news to almost all of them. At first they refused to believe that something that terrible had ever happened, then they got very angry and threw themselves into our study. The next year, almost the same reaction. After a year of not teaching WH, I once again have the sophomores, but this group knows a lot about it. They are even suggesting movies that I should show the class (I won't). Why this change?…

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Posted by Tom O'Hara on January 9, 2015 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Open Doors

In an earlier blog post by Debra Schneider, she asked what sites give us classroom support, ideas, or moves us. Here is a site that was shared with me, KQED: Public Media for Northern California. A blog on this site stood out:…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on January 3, 2015 at 10:45am

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