The diversity among learners in today’s ELL classroom is widening, but ironically the curriculum is contracting, often due to the emphasis on preparation for standardized testing. To the rescue come the authors, Kathleen Flynn and Jane Hill, who provide the ultimate handbook of methods and specifics about how to work with ELL students as they move through the five phases to become fluent English students. The great insights you will get include how to make an easy diagnosis to determine at which of five stages a student is functioning—and a probable timeline for your student.
The authors have reviewed the classic nine strategies in the first edition of Classroom Instruction That Works by Marzano and Pickering. Then they enhanced each of the nine models to make that strategy work especially well with ELL students in the classroom. So this is a companion book to Classroom Instruction That Works, and its content is even more readable and user-friendly.
While the book is of most urgent value to elementary teachers, where most ELL students begin their classroom experiences, secondary teachers will find a great deal of essential background information to help them continue to teach older students at the next logical developmental level.
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More than ever before, teachers need to understand how- and what- to assess when seeking to understand the learning of students in the classroom. As our schools and classrooms become more linguistically diverse, teachers will benefit from knowing what assessment methods will be the most accurate, effective, and useful tools for driving instruction and making placement decisions for ELL students. The text, Assessment and ESL, is a comprehensive guide to assessment of English language learners. This course will offer tools and suggestions for authentic assessment that will help both students and teachers to identify key areas of focus for instruction.
Personal and professional stresses can cause us to lose our “true north.” That inner heart center where we feel like our true selves and engage life with passion and confidence. Come and recover your inner compass back home to an inspired, hopeful you with the tools to maintain after your retreat. In our three days at the lovely Menucha Retreat and Conference Center.
The Civil Rights Movement captures one of the most significant periods in American history. Using film, period literature and events of history makers like M.L. King, Rosa Parks and Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi this course will provide ideas for teachers that can wake up your students and empower discussions around many of the major social justice topics.
Modern day teachers find themselves overwhelmed with the sheer volume of input and digital communication that flows in each day. Email, instant messages, and the Internet have made access to information (and to you) far too easy. “I only have 54 emails left to answer” is too often the depressing indicator of a successful day. The good news is that while access to information (and to you) have increased exponentially, so have tools to help manage those streams of digital input and communication.
The book for this course introduces you to the most typical student types and how best to work with them such as: the Good Kids, the Rebels, the Perfectionists, the Invisibles and more. With each introduction, there will be ample information on what is needed and how to work best with that student.
The required text for this course is "So Each May Learn: Integrating Learning Styles & Multiple Intelligence" by authors Harvey Silver, Richard Strong and Matthew Perini. With a commitment to effectiveness, practicality, fairness and fun for you and your students, the authors of this great book blend learning styles and multiple intelligences so that you can best meet the needs of individual students.