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EdChat News Sunday, April 1 Students, English language learners, Global read aloud & more…

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  • Listen to this post as a podcast: – – A note on terminology: The acronym ESL is used less often now in schools than it used to be, because we recognize that many students who are learning English already speak several other languages, so English would not be a second…
  • Below, three ESL teachers tell uswhat they know about the things regular classroom teachers can do to improve instruction for ELL students.
  • And if ELL students attend your classwith a resource teacher, make use of that person: In most cases the resource teacher doesnt have to work exclusively with the ESL students; they can work with smaller groups that happen to contain these students, helping to improve the teacher-student ratio and give…
  • Mary Yurkosky, a former ESL teacher in Massachusetts, credits much of her students success to the strong relationship she had with the regular classroom teachers.
  • In her podcast interview, Kim shared a story about watching a teacher ask a new Iraqi student how he felt about the war in his country, right in the middle of class.

Tags: students, english language learners, ELL students, regular classroom teachers, ESL teacher

  • Picking our books for the Global Read Aloud is never easy, in fact, I think it gets harder every year since we try to match the incredible experience from the year before.
  • With an emphasis on perspective, on understanding others, on connecting and change, I feel that all of the books and picture book authorschosen will help us see the world in a new light.
  • All of the books here will lead us to be something more… – – Week 1: My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett – – Dont let the format (board book) fool you, this book will elicit meaningful discussion for all ages.
  • Week 3: You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel – – Week 4: A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell and Julie Flett – – Week 5: When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson and Julie Flett – – I first fell in…
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – – Once again the YA category had incredible books to read aloud, all with their own powerful message and yet Samira Ahmeds debut kept coming up in my mind as a book that can be connected with no matter where you…

Tags: Global Read Aloud, incredible reading moments, Read Aloud choice, books, picture book authors

  • In order to master high quality PBL in your classroom, to get that buzz of student productivity that we so often hear about, letting go or giving up control isnt actually necessary.
  • Rather, structuring classroom routines, developing systems, and best practices in your classroom can make new PBL teachers and learners feel more supported, clear, and successful.
  • Moreover, these structures and routines can be essential when introducing PBL to students who are used to more teacher-centered classrooms.
  • As a PBL teacher, I want my students to take ownership of their work, investigate independently, and solve problems together.
  • As students from more traditional classrooms, they are more comfortable when a teacher stands in one place and is there whenever they have a question.

Tags: students, PBL, new PBL teachers, high quality PBL, PBL gurus