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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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Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

AVID for English Language Learners

My school district is a recent inductee into the halls of AVID! We are now learning and training ourselves on bettering our pedagogy to help our students Achieve Via Individual Determination (AVID). Of course, in all of these workshops, I am constantly reflecting, "What are the implications for my ELLs?" I am actually finding a lot of applicability! Here is a short video -…See More
Jan 28
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Culturally Responsive Teaching
"The article posted on Colorin Colorado is a great find. I have always struggled with incorporating culture into my classroom. With so many different cultures, how do I become an expert, or at the very least somewhat knowledgeable, so that I may…"
Jan 28
Profile IconDawn Brandon, Kelly, Diane Christine Yarborough and 1 more joined Know ELLs
Jan 28
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Culturally Responsive Teaching

In my librarian credential program, we have been learning about cultural competency and culturally responsive teaching and collection building. When we face the effects of institutionalized racism or our own unconscious biases, thinking about how to be culturally competent or responsive seems like a good move, one that is less about blaming and more about improving our thinking and our skills.This is important year round, I know, but during the Christmas-centric winter holiday season, it seems…See More
Dec 17, 2015
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Equality is not Equity

There is a lot of discussion in equation about the above meme. What exactly is the difference between equality and equity in the education system? The Education Trust has a great blog on this topic. There are many ways to help give students equal access to the same educational opportunities. What are ways that you help all of your students achieve? See More
Dec 14, 2015
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Difficulties Teaching the CCSS in Languages other than English
"First I'm going to take the common sense, albeit slightly whiny route: Why can't assessments be in more than one language? Why can't curriculum be developed that address the needs of Common Core that is not just repackaging of the old…"
Dec 14, 2015
Ashleigh Ziehmke is now a member of Know ELLs
Dec 14, 2015
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Difficulties Teaching the CCSS in Languages other than English

More districts are looking at creating or expanding dual language programs at the same time that the CCSS-ELA is being implemented. Teaching the Common Core State Standards in two languages presents many challenges. Diane Staehr Fenner of DSF Consulting explores these challenges, in a blog post on Colorin Colorado. I'll summarize them here, but encourage…See More
Nov 28, 2015
Stacy Lanzi is now a member of Know ELLs
Nov 28, 2015
Profile IconLana Tabuenca, monique shenefield, Jamie Lewis and 2 more joined Know ELLs
Nov 16, 2015
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Duolingo! Free Language Learning Site

Have you heard of Duolingo? It is a free language-learning platform that includes a language-learning website and app along with a crowd-sourced text translation platform and a language proficiency assessment center. Duolingo is ad-free and offers all its language courses for free.My school district is currently offering Rosetta Stone licenses for our newcomers. Students that qualify for the program can even check out a laptop and headset…See More
Nov 3, 2015
Donna McDaniel is now a member of Know ELLs
Nov 3, 2015
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

What is Executive Function?

Executive function is a set of mental skills that help you get things done. These skills are controlled by an area of the brain called the frontal lobe. When executive function isn't working as it should, your behavior is less controlled. This can affect your ability to: work or go to school, do things independently, or maintain relationships. Executive function helps you:Manage timePay attentionSwitch…See More
Oct 25, 2015
Profile IconJoseph Dunstan, Victoria Gall and elizabeth walmsley joined Know ELLs
Oct 25, 2015
Brandy De Alba commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post Helping kids deal with school stress with mindfulness
"Th Fruit Of Silence!!! I think I am going to have to try this one. At the beginning of the period, have students come in and just be silent...just be for a moment. Middle school can be so noisy and crazy for us all! Silence, a breather, a moment to…"
Sep 25, 2015
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Book Review for Gabi: A Girl in Pieces
"I checked out your blog. There are a lot of books posted. I especially like the teaching tips...Thank you! Gabi: A Girl In Pieces appears to cover issues that many of my students are facing, or will be facing soon in their young lives. Since the…"
Sep 25, 2015

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AVID for English Language Learners

My school district is a recent inductee into the halls of AVID! We are now learning and training ourselves on bettering our pedagogy to help our students Achieve Via Individual Determination (AVID). Of course, in all of these workshops, I am constantly reflecting, "What are the implications for my ELLs?" I am actually finding a lot of applicability! Here is a short video -…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on January 28, 2016 at 12:13pm

Culturally Responsive Teaching

In my librarian credential program, we have been learning about cultural competency and culturally responsive teaching and collection building. When we face the effects of institutionalized racism or our own unconscious biases, thinking about how to be culturally competent or responsive seems like a good move, one that is less about blaming and more about improving our thinking and our skills.

This is important year round, I know, but during the Christmas-centric winter holiday…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on December 17, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Equality is not Equity

There is a lot of discussion in equation about the above meme. What exactly is the difference between equality and equity in the education system? The Education Trust has a great blog on this topic. 

There are many ways to help give students equal access to the same educational opportunities. What are ways that you help all of your students…

Continue

Posted by Brandy De Alba on December 14, 2015 at 7:25pm

Difficulties Teaching the CCSS in Languages other than English

More districts are looking at creating or expanding dual language programs at the same time that the CCSS-ELA is being implemented. Teaching the Common Core State Standards in two languages presents many challenges. Diane Staehr Fenner of DSF Consulting explores these challenges, in a blog post on Colorin Colorado. I'll summarize them here, but encourage…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on November 28, 2015 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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