Connect-Two is a strategy to promote higher order thinking and vocabulary knowledge for your students. It is a short, simple activity that works well as a quick review, a bell-ringer activity, or as an exit slip for formative assessment.
Language learner students are often doing double duty in the classroom - they are learning the content, and they are learning a new language at the same time. This is difficult to do, and it takes support to do adequately. How can teachers support these students in their quest to do both? Content and Language objectives!
ELL Sense is officially 6 months old! I have been working through the last couple of weeks to give the site a face lift, now that I know the ropes a little better than I did last June when I first started with ELL Sense. The site how has a fresh new look, and hopefully it is a little easier to find things.
When deciding what to present on for the IL Bilingual Conference last week, I decided to go back to my two loves in the classroom: writing and technology. With tools to teach Common Core skills much in demand right now, I looked to the Common Core Anchor Standards to frame my presentation. Below I break down some of the CCSS Anchor Standards for Writing and the tools that can help teachers develop the needed skills in their students. Have fun exploring!
This post winds up my series on word sorts and how they can be useful to ELL students in the classroom. The last use that I have for word sorts is to study the more technical aspects of language, something that we need to teach more explicitly for our English learner students in order for them to learn the intricacies of the language.
The Illinois Resource Center has published a draft copy of the conference program for the 37th Annual Statewide Conference for Teachers Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students, being held from December 10 through 13 in Oakbrook, IL. In ESL/Bilingual Education circles in Illinois, this conference is commonly referred to simply as the "Bilingual Conference." It is a huge event each year, and often the high point in the year for professional development for teachers who work with culturally and linguistically diverse student populations.
For a thorough introduction to what a word sort is and how to implement the strategy in general, please see my previous post. With this post, I’ll explore my favorite use for word sorts: facilitating discussion after reading.
This week with two sets of graduate students, I've done an activity that I regularly do in my courses and workshops with teachers: I teach them an academic lesson in Spanish and expect them to participate. Many of the teachers I work with do not speak Spanish, or speak only very limited Spanish. For many, this is the first experience they have ever had as a language learner in an academic context, where they had to function in the second language in order to learn the content that I was teaching.
In my last post, I outlined what word sorts are and how to use them with ELL students. This post is a deeper look at using word sorts specifically to preview vocabulary and build background knowledge before a lesson. Enjoy!
What is a Word Sort?
A word sort is basically a set of words or terms printed on cards. They are fairly simple to create, and can be used in many different ways. I’ve also seen word sorts done with picture cards at lower grade levels or with newcomer students who are just beginning in their English development. How you implement this strategy will depend on your grade level, your student needs, and what you intend to accomplish with the lesson.