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Lorena Sanchez commented on Debra Schneider's blog post How Do YOU Get to Know Your ELLs?
"This article reminded me of my mission this year to get to know my students better than I have in previous years.   Even though I teach in a bilingual classroom, their English proficiency, educational level, knowledge of U.S. culture, and…"
16 hours ago
Lorena Sanchez commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post Technology in the Classroom- yes, AGAIN!!!
"Graphite is part of Common Sense, which is a national organization which provides ratings and reviews of media, from movies, websites, and games to books and music.  It is made up of parents, teachers, and a Board of Directors and Board of…"
17 hours ago
Debra Schneider commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post Technology in the Classroom- yes, AGAIN!!!
"Lorena, Can you tell us more about Graphite? And Common Sense Media? What's their funding? Who runs them What are they about? Why is CWP involved with them? I DO use Common Sense Media's ratings of movies and books in my work with school…"
Sunday
Debra Schneider commented on Tom O'Hara's blog post Best ways to teach a few non-English speakers who are enrolled in a non-LEP class
"Since no one else is answering, I will. Your colleague is right to hold his new students to high standards, but he is wrong to not give them the kinds of instruction and scaffolding they need to learn to that standard. And these are not two separate…"
Sunday
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How Do YOU Get to Know Your ELLs?

Many of our classrooms have ELLs "mainstreamed" with English Only students, and though the teachers may use strategies to teach language as well as content (like history or science), I wonder how many really try to get to Know [their] ELLs and their needs, apart from those of their other students?For example, the teacher might know that many of the students have Spanish as their mother tongue, but Spanish is spoken in many countries, and they all have a history and culture of their own and in…See More
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SJ commented on angela's blog post Empathy Building activities
"Hi Angela, I found this activity on building empathy among the general education teachers towards the ESL learners on the following website. http://www.edugains.ca/newsite/ell2/supportingenglishlanguagelearners.html Its Video 2 titled 'Building…"
Sep 21
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Sep 21
Lorena Sanchez commented on Brandy De Alba's blog post Sentence Frames: A Boost or Crutch for ELLs?
"Brandy, I've had this same struggle within myself during my ELD instruction also, and I decided that depending on their level, ELs need to have some vocabulary given to them so that they can feel successful and want to try, as opposed to…"
Sep 21
Lorena Sanchez commented on angela's blog post Empathy Building activities
"Hi Angela!  I would suggest a rousing game of  charades, where school members have to act out words like empathy, loneliness, isolation, helplessness, etc. without the use of their language.  Also, the website Teaching Tolerance has…"
Sep 21
Lorena Sanchez posted a blog post

Technology in the Classroom- yes, AGAIN!!!

     How many of us have been told that we have to integrate technology into our daily lesson so our kids are exposed to it and better prepared for the upcoming Smarter Balanced assessments?  And how many of us have felt like having technology for the sake of having it is not helping our students?  This is common sense- after all, if a computer sitting in a classroom could prepare kids for their futures, our jobs would be irrelevant.      Fortunately, many educators have chosen to embrace…See More
Sep 21
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Sep 21
angela posted a blog post

Empathy Building activities

Hello All. Was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for building empathy amongst all school members around ELL learners? Activities all staff members could experience during professional activity days would be great!See More
Sep 17
Catherine.Barry@tdsb.on.ca is now a member of Know ELLs
Sep 9
Tom O'Hara posted a blog post

Best ways to teach a few non-English speakers who are enrolled in a non-LEP class

I'm hoping for some help from the collective wisdom of our site regarding a situation at my high school. I have a colleague who is facing a situation in his mainstream Government school class where he has four new arrival students enrolled who speak zero English, in a class with a total of 35 kids. Three different languages are involved here: Spanish, Punjabi, and Vietnamese, and the school has assigned him a Spanish-speaking paraprofessional. He believes, ideologically, that  he must hold…See More
Sep 6
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Primary ELLs Studying Butterflies...and Academic Language

I have shared with you all that I am facilitating professional development for science teachers in my district, and we have been awarded a grant to support early implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in our K-8 classrooms. So I am ALL IN for science and spend any free time I can find learning more about science, especially in elementary, since my experience is almost completely in middle and high school ELA and social studies.To learn more, I follow lots of expert sites on…See More
Sep 2

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How Do YOU Get to Know Your ELLs?

Many of our classrooms have ELLs "mainstreamed" with English Only students, and though the teachers may use strategies to teach language as well as content (like history or science), I wonder how many really try to get to Know [their] ELLs and their needs, apart from those of their other students?

For example, the teacher might know that many of the students have Spanish as their mother tongue, but Spanish is spoken in many countries, and they all have a history and…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on September 27, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Technology in the Classroom- yes, AGAIN!!!

     How many of us have been told that we have to integrate technology into our daily lesson so our kids are exposed to it and better prepared for the upcoming Smarter Balanced assessments?  And how many of us have felt like having technology for the sake of having it is not helping our students?  This is common sense- after all, if a computer sitting in a classroom could prepare kids for their futures, our jobs would be irrelevant. 

     Fortunately, many educators have chosen to…

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Posted by Lorena Sanchez on September 21, 2014 at 11:21am — 2 Comments

Empathy Building activities

Hello All. Was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for building empathy amongst all school members around ELL learners? Activities all staff members could experience during professional activity days would be great!

Posted by angela on September 17, 2014 at 7:45pm — 2 Comments

Best ways to teach a few non-English speakers who are enrolled in a non-LEP class

I'm hoping for some help from the collective wisdom of our site regarding a situation at my high school. I have a colleague who is facing a situation in his mainstream Government school class where he has four new arrival students enrolled who speak zero English, in a class with a total of 35 kids. Three different languages are involved here: Spanish, Punjabi, and Vietnamese, and the school has assigned him a Spanish-speaking paraprofessional. He believes, ideologically, that  he must hold…

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Posted by Tom O'Hara on September 6, 2014 at 5:27pm — 1 Comment

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