With the shift from teacher-directed instruction to a hands-on, student-directed contextualized approach, you can teach the building blocks of the English language in a way that appeals to your learners. http://www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/teaching-grammar-esl/
Grammar often gets such a bad name. Among educators and students alike, it is the most dreaded topic in the language arts class. Many of us remember the days of DOLs and papers laden with red ink. Regardless, grammar is important not only to our writing, but also our oral language. Grammar is the organization that gives our words meaning.
Functional Grammar is a fairly new method of looking at grammar (within the past 40 years). Check out this short video for an introduction on teaching functional grammar.
With the world of technology growing every moment and the interlocking into our everday life, it is important to look at grammar beyond the view of a research paper or a few sentences on a board. Students today are multiliterate and we must take a look at how to convey meaning in each of these areas.
A video presentation of a collaborative conversation between two educators with a recommendation on how to develop, gather, analyze, and interpret ELL student data
Ever wondered how to incorporate technology into the way you assess your students? Check out this article!
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.