For the past 3 years, I have used what is called "accountable talk" with my students. Defined, Accountable Talk refers to talk that is meaningful, respectful, and mutually beneficial to both speaker and listener. Accountable talk stimulates higher-order thinking—helping students to learn, reflect on their learning, and communicate their knowledge and understanding. I put table tents with... Continue Reading →
http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/language-acquisition-overview Learning a second language is difficult and tackling writing is one of the most challenging aspects! This resource is great for explaining how kids learn to write in a new language!
A video presentation of a collaborative conversation between two educators with a recommendation on how to develop, gather, analyze, and interpret ELL student data
This article gives practical ideas for quickly assessing students in the classroom, addresses the need for greater dialogue around ensuring student voice in the design and delivery of formative assessments and the importance of confronting the cultural sensitivity with which assessments are designed.
Great site to get the conversations rolling when wanting to form a culturally responsive classroom!
Sometimes I think, “Where do I even start?” when introducing a culture I may no nothing about. The awesome thing about this is that it becomes a learning opportunity for me, the teacher! The website shares some simply ideas of topics or cultural concepts to bring up and discuss. It is a great opportunity to have the culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student share his or her experiences, background, culture, and interests. This is a way for them to communicate with peers, open up questions, and for us to celebrate a culture we are unfamiliar with.
It's so easy to design assessments as educators alone, or only with our colleagues. However, including students in the design process of assessments is crucial for incorporating student voice, and has great benefits. Check out this edutopia article about including student voice in your classroom. https://www.edutopia.org/blog/sammamish-2-including-student-voice-bill-palmer