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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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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
Brandy De Alba replied to Brandy De Alba's discussion Analyzing EL Student Work and Teacher Pedagogy in the group Clearinghouse of Best Practices Research
"Shirley, I love this type of professional development. When I get to see the lesson or pedagogy in action, it sticks with me a lot longer. I can really learn and internalize the strategy. It also reminds me that our youngest students can really do a…"
Jul 11
Shirley Hansen replied to Brandy De Alba's discussion Analyzing EL Student Work and Teacher Pedagogy in the group Clearinghouse of Best Practices Research
"I watched the video for grades 3-5 and what I came away from this lesson is that by having the students come together to collaboratively think and answer the questions about difficult text, the students were able to gain a better understanding of…"
Jul 11
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Consequences for Immigration Strife

A recent fatal shooting in San Francisco, California has reignited the immigration debate. It was further escalated by Donald Trump's very public opinion on immigration. Whether your town or city is pro or anti immigration, we have many immigrants in our classrooms. How do we keep outraged public opinion…See More
Jul 9
Brandy De Alba added a discussion to the group Clearinghouse of Best Practices Research
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Analyzing EL Student Work and Teacher Pedagogy

Follow the link to Digital Chalkboard. Choose one videos that best matches your teaching situation. As you watch, pay attention to how the teacher provides instruction so English learners can interact in meaningful ways with content and with others (Part 1 of the CA ELD Standards). Keep in mind how you would provide…See More
Jul 7
Sonya Gorski is now a member of Know ELLs
Jul 6
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

The Adult ELL

When working with my English language learners, I have found most success when I include their families in the learning process. Usually, many of the parents want to learn English as well. Many to support their children , while others to make life easier here in the United States. However, I have found some parents in my city have chosen not to learn English. They tell me there is no need since their primary language is just as prevalent in our city, if not more so, than English. Though this is…See More
Jul 3
Brendan Kolbay is now a member of Know ELLs
Jun 29
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Empowering our ELLs

It appears brain research and brain based learning is making a powerful comeback in education. A colleague of mine shared this article with me, How to Teach Students About the Brain, from Educational Leadership. This article shares one practitioners experiences with teaching 5th and 7th grade students how to improve their learning. "If we want to…See More
Jun 26

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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

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

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  …

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on July 20, 2015 at 12:06pm

Consequences for Immigration Strife

A recent fatal shooting in San Francisco, California has reignited the immigration debate. It was further escalated by Donald Trump's very public opinion on immigration. Whether your town or city is pro or anti immigration, we have many immigrants in our classrooms. How do we keep outraged public…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on July 9, 2015 at 3:00pm

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Latina Climate Scientist on Carbon Emissions Rule and Its Impact on Latino Children

Nicole Hernandez Hammer, a biologist with expertise on rising sea levels and their impact on urban and natural systems, has studied the impact of climate change on Latinos. She left academic research...

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.

Bilingual High School Student Helps Smooth Way for Other Kids

Spanish was Carolina Robles' first language. Born in Mexico, the 16-year-old came to the United States with her parents when she was just 1 year old. This summer, Robles is helping younger bilingual...

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.

The 'Granny Cloud': The Network of Volunteers Helping Poorer Children Learn

Every week Lorraine Schneiter, a former Open University tutor, sits down in front of her computer, opens up Skype, and calls a group of children in India. And then they chat. Lorraine is 53 and has...

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.

International Baccalaureate Saw Rapid Growth in High-Poverty Schools

The number of high-poverty U.S. schools participating in an international advanced-diploma program has been rising rapidly, but participation still lags among poor students at those schools.

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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