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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
Judy is now a member of Know ELLs
Aug 26
Alejandra Herrera Ledesma added a discussion to the group Look Inside My Classroom
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Free Site With Interactive Games

As I was looking around for any new site I could use with my bilingual students, I came across this Spanish (from Spain) website called Mundo primaria.  It is a free interactive site where students can practice writing, reading, math, and other subjects.  They have a tab to do it in English too.  What I LOVED about this site is they have a section with…See More
Aug 15
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Duolingo and other mobile apps
"I am a big fan of Google Docs. I had the opportunity to play with it this summer at a 2 week Demo Lab where teachers explored the use of technology with students. One of my favorite pieces is the ability to give comments and revision suggestions to…"
Aug 10
Brandy De Alba commented on Alejandra Herrera Ledesma's blog post New Year, New Strategies
"I can't wait to see what you post. There are so many strategies and ways to use them. I have not had formal GLAD training but have borrowed strategies from other teachers. I can't wait to borrow some from you, too! "
Aug 10
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Sentence Frames: A Boost or Crutch for ELLs?

Last year I used the book They Say, I say...a lot! I used sentence frames and starters to help my ELs directly quote the author or source, state an opinion, give evidence, counter argue..etc. I was super excited about the growth in my students' writing and willingness to write. Many students began to internalize the vocabulary and expand their writing and reasoning. I was geared up and ready to continue using sentence frames and clozed sentences this year...that is until I heard a discussion…See More
Aug 10
Debra Schneider commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post Out of the Comfort Zone and into the Fire?
"Fidel, Can you say more about that idea? Would you use Edublog and students would be authors of blog entries? comments to your blog entries? I'd love to see what you are talking about. You can upload images (screenshots, for example) with your…"
Aug 9
Debra Schneider commented on Alejandra Herrera Ledesma's blog post New Year, New Strategies
"Ale, it IS a lot of work, I have to admit. I once spent 30 hours making the materials for a lesson that took me three hours to teach! But the results I saw in my students made it worth it. Their ability to access and use academic content language…"
Aug 9
Alejandra Herrera Ledesma shared their blog post on Twitter
Aug 1
Alejandra Herrera Ledesma posted a blog post

New Year, New Strategies

 This is a very exciting  and scary year for me.  We are expected to do a lot of new things this year at my school.  One of the new things I will need to integrate are the GLAD strategies in our classroom.  I am very excited to do this.  I've heard, seen and even done some aspects of GLAD, but I've never had the actual training for these strategies.  It's exciting to see all these ideas that I can do with my students.  I love that they…See More
Aug 1
Debra Schneider posted a status
Jul 28
Eric Schmitz commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Duolingo and other mobile apps
"I am personally using Duolingo to refresh my own German skills and am loving it.  I am an ELA Instructional Coach and will be assuming the role of ELA teacher this year and plan to use it with students.  Thanks for posting this topic as is…"
Jul 24
Fidel R. Garcia commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post Out of the Comfort Zone and into the Fire?
"I just returned from a CUE technology conference. The only thing that rivals teen's interest in Xbox is social media. How about creating science journal blogs thus creating an online collaborative community."
Jul 24
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Jul 24

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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

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…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on September 2, 2014 at 6:27pm

Sentence Frames: A Boost or Crutch for ELLs?

Last year I used the book They Say, I say...a lot! I used sentence frames and starters to help my ELs directly quote the author or source, state an opinion, give evidence, counter argue..etc. I was super excited about the growth in my students' writing and willingness to write. Many students began to internalize the vocabulary and expand their writing and reasoning. I was geared up and ready to continue using sentence frames and clozed sentences this year...that is until I heard a discussion…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on August 10, 2014 at 10:13pm

New Year, New Strategies

 This is a very exciting  and scary year for me.  We are expected to do a lot of new things this year at my school.  One of the new things I will need to integrate are the GLAD strategies in our classroom.  I am very excited to do this.  I've heard, seen and even done some aspects of GLAD, but I've never had the actual training for these strategies.  It's exciting to see all these ideas that I can do with my students.  I love that…

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Posted by Alejandra Herrera Ledesma on August 1, 2014 at 1:36pm — 2 Comments

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An Untapped Force in the Fight for Literacy

People disagree, quite strenuously, on the best curriculum for teaching children to read. But all participants in the reading wars agree on some other things: Early reading is crucial — a child who...

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.

Common Core standards may barely be helping Hispanic students

If some early reports on the controversial Common Core Standards are an indication, Hispanic students in the U.S. are falling behind on the very curriculum that was intended to help them achieve...

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.

Nonfiction Books for Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

Starting out as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and finally becoming enacted into national law in 1988, National Hispanic Heritage month is observed from September 15 to October 15. To celebrate, this...

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.

Urban Districts Develop Common-Core Guide for Teaching ELLs

What should instruction for a new learner of English look like in a common-core English/language arts classroom? And how can educators judge whether the instructional materials they use will both...

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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