Next week is Winter Break:)
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The ELL Teacher's Toolbox is a resource that Ms. Martin and I will be sharing with you each month. This book is full of instructional strategies that build on the assets of our ELL students. Although focused on English language learners, all of these strategies are also perfect for our English-proficient learners as well. Good ELL teaching is GOOD for everyone!
Within the next month, find a time that you can try this strategy in your classroom and share your results with your cohorts by leaving a comment here. Your experience may just give someone else an idea they can use in their own classroom!
What is it? A process in which students become experts in a section of a text or an element of a broader topic (e.g., learning about different times of a famous person's life), which they then teach to other students who have become experts in different portions of the text. All students take turns teaching their classmates.
Why we like it? High student engagement in all four domains - reading, writing, speaking, and listening; the perfect tool for differentiation (beginners can be given easier portions of the text); can be used for any topic; and it can require minimal teacher preparation.
Application There are multiple ways the strategy can be used but the steps are basically as follows:
Examples of topics and categories that could be used for jigsaws:
Study Hall is not an optional activity for the students. If a student is failing a class or missing assignments, they should be working on that material during the Study Hall Intervention periods until their grade improves.
If you have students missing work or failing classes, communicate with their Intervention teachers to make sure they are aware of what the student needs to be doing.
Almost halfway there yet we have so much to look forward to...MLK, Jr. Day, Winter Break, Spring Musical, Special Olympics, Spring Break, Milestones, Prom, Spring Fling, Graduation and so on and so on!
Hang in there and enjoy the ride!
Benchmarks are upon us! Testing begins next week for the ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies midterm assessments. NOW is the time to focus on the pre-assessment data recorded on your posters and have targeted conversations regarding student weaknesses.
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Dr. W. Owens is on the ball with SRI data as well! Looks like she and her students are anxiously awaiting the 2nd SRI assessment:)
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