Know ELLs

Support for Teachers of English Language Learners

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

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Courtney Tadros is now a member of Know ELLs
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Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Bilingual and Biliterate

Hi KnowElls land! I just finished reading an article in the California Teachers Association's California Educator titled: Bilingual and Biliterate: Dual Immersion is Rewriting the Language of Success. This article shares the rise of Dual Immersion programs in California since the 1998 passing of…See More
Thursday
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Microagressions? Is it contagious?

After logging on to KnowElls I read Debra Schneider's post that had a ton of reading references for the summer. I started with her link to Kohli and Solorzano's article "Teacher's Please Learn Our Names!" And wanted to learn more about microagressions. I found this article, 4 Ways Teachers Can Address Microagressions in the Classroom. This article confirmed feelings I had about my…See More
Jun 20
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post It's NOT "Hands-On Science," It's the Next Generation Science Standards!
"I am very torn between the pre-made kits and true exploration. My students have gone so long with scripted instruction in all content areas that it is very difficult to get them to realize they now have freedom to explore, inquire, investigate,…"
Jun 20
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Catching Up on My Reading
"This is awesome! You've compiled a mini summer reading to do list for us! Thank you!"
Jun 20
Martha Protzman is now a member of Know ELLs
Jun 20
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Jun 16
Debra Schneider posted a status
"Know ELLs has many new links to interesting readings about teaching ELLs"
May 22
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Catching Up on My Reading

As I caught up with lots of pieces I was saving to read, I couldn't make up my mind which one to share with my colleagues here on Know ELLs. So, instead of choosing one, I decided to do a set of links with very short summaries. Enjoy!EdWeek published a Special Report on teaching America's ELLs, including a great intro that covers…See More
May 22
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Apr 10
Judy Cunningham is now a member of Know ELLs
Mar 31
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

It's NOT "Hands-On Science," It's the Next Generation Science Standards!

I am the program director for a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant for my district. We have 54 teachers involved in learning science content (this year, we focused on physical science including motion, forces, waves, and chemical reactions) and how to teach from inquiry and phenomena using the three dimensions of the NGSS.These are the central…See More
Mar 20
Calra Reimer is now a member of Know ELLs
Mar 20
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

It's Election Time!

   Here in the United States we are surrounded and consumed by the upcoming election. The much televised and critiqued debates are hot topics in current events. This is a great time to get our students more actively minded and informed about our democratic society. This topic is difficult for my middle school students to comprehend or find any great enthusiasm. Even more unapproachable for my ELLs. I found this great blog on The Learning Network, "…See More
Mar 18
Profile IconDiane De Forrest and Katherine Suyeyasu joined Know ELLs
Mar 18

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Bilingual and Biliterate

Hi KnowElls land! I just finished reading an article in the California Teachers Association's California Educator titled: Bilingual and Biliterate: Dual Immersion is Rewriting the Language of Success. This article shares the rise of Dual Immersion programs in California since the 1998 passing of…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on June 23, 2016 at 12:30pm

Microagressions? Is it contagious?

After logging on to KnowElls I read Debra Schneider's post that had a ton of reading references for the summer. I started with her link to Kohli and Solorzano's article "Teacher's Please Learn Our Names!" And wanted to learn more about microagressions. I found this article, 4 Ways Teachers Can Address Microagressions in the Classroom. This article confirmed feelings I had about…

Continue

Posted by Brandy De Alba on June 20, 2016 at 12:29pm

Catching Up on My Reading

As I caught up with lots of pieces I was saving to read, I couldn't make up my mind which one to share with my colleagues here on Know ELLs. So, instead of choosing one, I decided to do a set of links with very short summaries. Enjoy!

EdWeek published a Special Report on teaching America's ELLs, including a great intro…

Continue

Posted by Debra Schneider on May 22, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

It's NOT "Hands-On Science," It's the Next Generation Science Standards!

I am the program director for a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant for my district. We have 54 teachers involved in learning science content (this year, we focused on physical science including motion, forces, waves, and chemical reactions) and how to teach from inquiry and phenomena using the three dimensions of the…

Continue

Posted by Debra Schneider on March 20, 2016 at 6:20pm — 1 Comment

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Join us in reading Drawing Upon Language and Cultural Assets. It's a media kit that motivates us to  study the assets of ELLs' languages and communities.

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English language-learners continue English lessons during summer

The summer slide can be devastating for kids who do not speak English fluently.

20 Books Featuring Diverse Characters to Inspire Connection and Empathy

Unfortunately in the children’s book world, there are far too few stories featuring diverse characters. “Diverse books are a tiny slice of what’s published,” said Elizabeth Perez, a children’s librarian at the San Francisco Public Library. Public librarians understand that many schools have small budgets to buy new titles, so they try to make their public offerings as rich with diverse titles as possible.

Watching 4th Grade English Learners 'Go Deep': Part 1

A lesson about social justice for English learners in California shows how young students can develop a deep understanding and think critically about thei

How Can I Help ELLs Develop Better Pronunciation?

What should I do to make my English Language Learners want to learn good pronunciation? And how do I correct students' pronunciation without hurting their feeling or making them embarrassed?

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