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Tom O'Hara posted a blog post

Acculturation help needed!

I've been teaching high school "LEP" (school-designated term) history classes for the past four years. To be more clear, these are classes in which all of the students have not been redesignated, they range from the lowest CELDT levels to the highest, there are usually 3 or 4 different primary languages represented in the class, and the majority - about 75% - come from Mexico. The kids are wonderful, and even though I know that almost all of them want to do well here in school, too many boys…See More
Feb 22
Katie Nguyen Lake is now a member of Know ELLs
Feb 21
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Feb 10
Debra Schneider posted a status
"At Know ELLs, I can find colleagues, even if they work far away from my state."
Feb 10
Lorena Sanchez posted a blog post

Connecting English Learners to their Linguistic, Academic, and Writing Potential

      January's almost over, bringing with it February's many holidays- Black History Month, President's Day,  Valentine's Day, Ground Hog Day, Chinese New Year- the 27th is Polar Bear Day!!! With so many wonderful opportunities to expand my students' writing by offering them unique writing prompts, it hardly seems like the time to…See More
Feb 5
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Connected Learning

A new trend developing in education is the Connected Learning concept. I am super excited that my district is jumping on board with this! A Learning Approach Designed for the Demands and Opportunities of the Digital Age: Powerful, Relevant, Engaging. "Connected Learning is an educational approach designed for our ever-changing world. It makes learning relevant to all populations, to real life and real work, and…See More
Feb 5
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

CTA Recommended Reads

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 his teacher says. But he…See More
Jan 19
Alejandra Herrera Ledesma commented on Tom O'Hara's blog post Is it the cell phones?
"I have 2nd graders and am always hearing them talk to each other and explaining to each other how to do something on certain apps or games.  They will sit there and have long conversations with such exceptional details!  It is amazing to…"
Jan 13
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Gateway or Crutch

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?See More
Jan 13
Profile IconLinda Doornbos, Pamela Papish, Christine Kilpatrick and 1 more joined Know ELLs
Jan 13
Brandy De Alba commented on Tom O'Hara's blog post Is it the cell phones?
"Tom, I agree. Smartphones are opening up a lot of information to our students. Especially our ELs. At their fingertips they have information in their primary language. A few years ago, before our district went 2 to 1 in Chromebooks, I had a BYOD…"
Jan 13
Tom O'Hara posted a blog post

Is it the cell phones?

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?…See More
Jan 9
Brandy De Alba added a discussion to the group Look Inside My Classroom
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I Want to Do This!

Check out this piece found on Inside Teaching (insideteaching.org). Sarah Capititelli shares her personal classroom research on her 1st/2nd grade classroom. I am so inspired. I really want to explore the concept of using technology to support EL language growth!See More
Jan 3
Brandy De Alba added a discussion to the group Writing with ELLs
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750 Words

Here is a site I have just learned about,750 Words. This site promotes daily writing. This is something ELs at all proficiency levels! Students are rewarded for their effort. "Every month you get a clean bowling-esque score card. If you write anything at all, you get 1 point. If you write 750 words or more, you get 2 points. If you write two, three or more days in a row, you get even more points. How I see it, points can motivate. It's fun to…See More
Jan 3
Brandy De Alba 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
Jan 3
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations
"Ok, check this one out! It's called 750 Words. At a Great Valley Writing Project leadership work day, a fellow teacher cosultant, Juliet, shared her love of this site. Basically, it promotes daily writing. The first month is free and just $5 a…"
Jan 3

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Acculturation help needed!

I've been teaching high school "LEP" (school-designated term) history classes for the past four years. To be more clear, these are classes in which all of the students have not been redesignated, they range from the lowest CELDT levels to the highest, there are usually 3 or 4 different primary languages represented in the class, and the majority - about 75% - come from Mexico. The kids are wonderful, and even though I know that almost all of them want to do well here in school, too many boys…

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Posted by Tom O'Hara on February 22, 2015 at 11:32am

Connecting English Learners to their Linguistic, Academic, and Writing Potential

      January's almost over, bringing with it February's many holidays- Black History Month, President's Day,  Valentine's Day, Ground Hog Day, Chinese New Year- the 27th is Polar Bear Day!!! With so many wonderful opportunities to expand my students' writing by offering them unique writing prompts, it hardly seems like…

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Posted by Lorena Sanchez on February 5, 2015 at 3:25pm

Connected Learning

A new trend developing in education is the Connected Learning concept. I am super excited that my district is jumping on board with this! A Learning Approach Designed for the Demands and Opportunities of the Digital Age: Powerful, Relevant, Engaging. …

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on February 5, 2015 at 1:34pm

CTA Recommended Reads

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…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on January 19, 2015 at 10:24pm

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Push for Bilingual Pre-K Classrooms Gains Strength As NYC Expands Both Programs

For non-English-speaking families with preschoolers, bilingual programs remain few and far between, though the city is moving to rapidly expand both its pre-K offerings and dual-language programs...

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.

New Advocacy Group Pushes for Multilingualism in D.C. Schools

Washington, D.C.'s dynamism as a local community was on full display earlier this week at a panel event hosted by the DC Language Immersion Project. The discussion, titled "Economic and Workforce...

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.

Editorial: Teacher's Award a Win for Dual-Language Instruction

In many nations, the ability to speak more than one language is not only valued but is expected. Instruction starts at an early age when young minds are most able to absorb new concepts in 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.

Better Management Needed For Native American School Facilities, GAO Finds

The Bureau of Indian Education can't effectively track and address school facility problems because of poor data collection and quality controls, a congressional watchdog agency has found. The...

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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