Support for Teachers of English Language Learners
An online community for writing project TCs providing access to collaborative help in teaching English Language Learners.
I truly appreciate California's Teacher Association puts out a quarterly recommended book reading list. I see California as a state that really tries to honor multicultural education. Through literature, we can open the pathway to sharing and learning about each other through discovering the lives and cultures around us. Here are my two favorite:
La Mariposa by Francisco Jimenez (author of The Circuit):
"In his first year of school, Francisco understands little of what…Continue
Posted by Brandy De Alba on January 19, 2015 at 10:24pm
On line surveys, assessments, progress monitoring...all computer based programs given to our students . With these handy assessment tools comes equal access and adaptive modifications to support EL and Special needs students. Do these help? Do they give equal access for students to demonstrate their understanding? Or are we "dummying down" the assessment? Are we being unfair to English only students that do not have these adaptive modifications?
Posted by Brandy De Alba on January 13, 2015 at 4:36pm
Three years ago, when I taught World History to a class of sophomores, the Holocaust was news to almost all of them. At first they refused to believe that something that terrible had ever happened, then they got very angry and threw themselves into our study. The next year, almost the same reaction. After a year of not teaching WH, I once again have the sophomores, but this group knows a lot about it. They are even suggesting movies that I should show the class (I won't). Why this change?…Continue
Posted by Brandy De Alba on January 3, 2015 at 10:45am