Here is a handy little video by one of my classmates. She collaborated with her school’s ESL teacher to produce this informational bit on how to better understand ACCESS scores.
Category Archives: Collaboration
WIDA Standards, Can Dos and guidelines for fairly assessing English Language Learners in your classroom
For many teens in school, volunteering is typically a requirement for graduation. Many teens probably don’t like spending their free time cleaning up trash in the park, talking to elderly people in a nursing home, or repainting some old building. I certainly didn’t. Like most teens, I rather wanted to hang out with friends, watch movies, and fool around.
But volunteering is truly a beneficial way for teens to discover new interests, make connections, help others and make an impact in their communities.
Volunteering projects and experiences help teens build character, social skills, independence, and responsibility. Volunteers are given chances to work with people they may or may not know, understand differences of opinion, and solve problems using teamwork.
It also provides ESL students with the perfect opportunity to use their skills in real-life interactions.
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A classmate of mine has been given the February 2015 Break the Mold Honor for her county. So proud! Check it out!
Teaching English as a second English for children: creating a learning environment through playing or not?
Being teachers of English as a second language (ESL teachers), it is necessary for us to let children study in a positive classroom by encouraging them to take part in both outdoor and indoor activities. And in the scope of this post, we suggest ESL teachers trying to create a positive learning environment through allowing children to both learn and play when learning English.
First of all, we should understand what a positive learning environment and learning through play mean. A positive learning environment can be defined as a place where teaching and learning can take place simultaneously and flexibly in the most effective and productive manner. And learning through play is a term to describe how children can learn to make sense of the world around them, what they can gain from take part in meaningful activities and the relationship between learning and playing.
Generally, not all teachers pay…
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Need a guide to making your lessons WIDA compliant? Download these!
Secondary School Samples
Argumentative Writing (Writing a Critical Review)
The Ultimate Field Trip
Progressive Era (Social Studies)
Vincent Van Gogh: His Life and Artistic Principles in his Work
Annotation of a Novel
Elementary School Samples
Addition of Zero through Five
Stop! Don’t Draw Yet!
Why Do They Make Us Say This “Pledge of Allegiance”?
The War with Grandpa (Inferring Feelings)
If You Give a Kindergartner a Cookie
What Do Bears Do All Summer?
SIOP Plan 1
SIOP Plan 2
SIOP Plan 3
Resources can be found here: http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/title-iii/resources-3/wida-lesson-plan-share-space
This piece provides some insight into the actions of ESL teachers, be it in the mainstream classroom or directly in the ESL classroom.