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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
Profile IconJesse Lassen Bellinger , Debbie Craft and GLENDA FENTRESS joined Know ELLs
Jul 24
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Duolingo and other mobile apps

Lots of my language learning colleagues are telling me that Duolingo is a great app for learning languages. I often heard about these great programs, apps, or other digital tech wonderfulness and it went in one ear and out the other, because I was still using an overhead projector and had a desktop running Windows XP.However, with the new testing regime based in digital technology, more districts are being forced to use tablets, laptops…See More
Jul 14
Debbie Davis added a discussion to the group HELP! Ask Your Questions Here!
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Pre 9 and 10 grade English

Pre 9 and 10 grade EnglishI am starting a pre 9 and 10 grade English class for our ESL students and I am struggling on what will be the most important concepts to cover. We don't have standard ESL classes for our students and the classroom teachers have no training on how to work with our ESL students. Does anyone have any suggestions or resources?See More
Jul 13
Debbie Davis joined Debra Schneider's group
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HELP! Ask Your Questions Here!

Hit a road block? Ask for help from the community here.
Jul 13

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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

Duolingo and other mobile apps

Lots of my language learning colleagues are telling me that Duolingo is a great app for learning languages. I often heard about these great programs, apps, or other digital tech wonderfulness and it went in one ear and out the other, because I was still using an overhead projector and had a desktop running Windows XP.

However, with the new testing regime based in digital technology, more…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on July 14, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Out of the Comfort Zone and into the Fire?

      I've taught third grade for twelve years now, but this summer I decided to leave my comfort zone and teach eighth graders.  When I was first offered the chance to teach science this summer, I was under the impression I'd be teaching fourth or fifth graders.  However, I was informed a few weeks ago that I would be working…

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Posted by Lorena Sanchez on June 20, 2014 at 4:45pm — 4 Comments

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Will ‘creative’ and ‘hands on’ summer school foster a love of learning?

Students in the Santa Ana Unified school district in Orange Country, California tackled very different challenges during their summer school programs, but they shared a common experience. Their...

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.

How to Get Kids to Class

For the 16 million American children living below the federal poverty line, the start of a new school year should be reason to celebrate. Summer is no vacation when your parents are working multiple...

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.

NEISD (San Antonio) expands dual language program

The demand is so great for dual language programs Northeast Independent School District is adding the bilingual programs in two of its middle schools for the first time. After talking with parents...

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.

More Research on Precisely What Works for English Language Learners

If we know that access to a particular high-quality public pre-K program is particularly beneficial for dual language learners, the next step is to figure out the specific characteristics that make...

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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