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19 Apr 14

Several years ago, I stumbled across high school teacher Jim Burke’s blog and a post titled Teaching at the 18-Yard Line.  Jim describes an exercise in visualization about the future he has done with his high school students. Two years ago I decided to use his idea as a jumping-off point for an activity I do with my fifth graders. It has become my favorite day of the school year.

17 Apr 14

Composing a research paper following in MLA style is not easy. It is important to note that in 2009, the 7th edition of the MLA Style Manual was released, in which many changes were made from prior edition. Online resources published before 2009 may direct you to incorrect information.

17 Apr 14

The fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It's the easiest way to build a works cited page.

16 Apr 14

As part of the celebration of their 100th birthday, the US Department of Labor recently put together a list titled “Books That Shaped Work in America.” It’s an interesting list. And I will be the first to admit that more than several of the books are unfamiliar to me and that more than several of the books are . . .

16 Apr 14

STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. There is a movement afoot to turn that acronym into STEAM by adding the Arts. Science educators have begun to realize that the skills required by innovative STEM professionals include arts and crafts thinking. Visualizing, recognizing and forming patterns, modeling and getting a "feel" for systems, as well as the manipulative skills acquired in the use of tools, pens and brushes, are all demonstrably valuable for developing STEM capability. And the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have gotten the message: formal meetings between the two agencies are underway to figure out how to fund productive research and teaching at the intersections between these sets of disciplines.

16 Apr 14

Cultural competence: I learn about Latino culture so that I can communicate effectively with my Latino students’ families.<br /><br />Cultural proficiency: Acknowledging the tremendous diversity among Latino families, I learn about the cultures, identities and home lives of each individual student in order to design curricula that are relevant to each of them.<br /><br />Equity literacy: I engage students in conversations about the absence of Latino voices in their American literature textbooks and fight to ensure that Latino students are not placed unjustly into lower academic tracks. 

13 Apr 14

All of us have had major classroom disruptions that try our patience and push our limits. These incidents can threaten our sense of control and generate fear of looking weak to other students. We fear that other students might do the same thing if we don't take a strong stance. Couple these feelings with the possibility of taking the disruption personally, and we have a recipe for disaster.

12 Apr 14

Alphabet books are a wonderful learning tool with young English language learners, and alphabet videos are just as fun. Amy Erin Borovoy presents a "Five-Minute Film Festival" playlist of favorite alphabet videos:

12 Apr 14

Larry Ferlazzo has posted a comprehensive list of his all-time favorite resources, articles, and blog posts for teachers of English language learners:

12 Apr 14

In this podcast, Heather Rader chats with Ruth Shagoury about working with emergent bilingual chidren and their families. Ruth is the co-author (with Andie Cunningham) of Starting with Comprehension. She blogs with Megan Rose (her daughter) at LitforKids.  A full transcript is available below the player.

12 Apr 14

Over the past several months we have spent time thinking and teaching with a group of educators whose students are predominantly English language learners (ELLs). During our visits to their classrooms, we see teachers working diligently to use the texts in their district-mandated curriculum to teach whole-class and small-group lessons. Many of the passages, however, are difficult for English language learners to understand even when the teachers spend significant amounts of time building background knowledge and reading the texts aloud. 

12 Apr 14

When my article “Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew” was published in 2004, I could scarcely have imagined the response. Readers around the world wrote to tell me that the piece should be required reading for all social service workers, teachers and relatives of children with autism. “Just what my daughter would say if she could,” said one mother.

12 Apr 14

Assistive technology app helps students with special needs communicate “I want chicken nuggets.” Those were the first words Cassie Banda-Garcia’s parents Jojo and Sofia Garcia could clearly hear her say.

12 Apr 14

Flipped learning, in which students watch instructional videos for homework and use class time to apply what they’ve learned, is catching on in many schools. But there are still some misconceptions about this strategy, and some teachers have struggled to put it into practice.

12 Apr 14

Special education resources are in high demand, and while each student with special needs is different, special education teachers and support staff benefit from sharing best practices and strategies.

09 Apr 14

With active shooter events occurring with frightening frequency in workplaces across the nation, no longer can we cling to the mentality of "this will never happen here.” In this important webinar, emergency preparedness expert Bo Mitchell from 911 Consulting® will share  insights, lessons learned and best practices.

09 Apr 14

The Internet is a largely unvetted, open access media and is available to any individual to publish any information. In contrast, print-based media, with a five century plus start on online media, has a number of traditional mediators and gatekeepers, such as editors, critics, and peer review processes in place. The Internet has shifted the burden for quality control and assessment of information, in terms of accuracy, objectivity, credibility, and trustworthiness, onto the online reader. And frankly, the online reader is struggling with the task.

28 Mar 14

Even if you haven't given too much thought to careers, you've probably been asked what you want to be when you grow up. You might have even been asked this question many times. Your answer might have been the same or changed each time you were asked!

24 Mar 14

Your main source of information on English Language Learners in the New York City Department of Education.

23 Mar 14

The Common Core State Standards in English-language arts/literacy emphasize the need, for the first time, for students to work together in a variety of settings and contexts and to use their literacy skills to get the job done. Assigning, selecting, or choosing a project is the first step. Managing the project so that work that is planned is actually carried out is where technology comes into play. Class projects last from a day to several weeks, and they range from preparing presentations to the class, making a digital demonstration of knowledge, or engaging in various service-oriented activities.

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