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WIDA: CAN DO Descriptors by grade level cluster; download for PreK-K, Grades 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12 Look at all we can do! Creating learning environments for language learners based on what they can do! The Can Do Descriptors highlight what language learners can do at various stages of language development as they engage in teaching and learning in academic contexts. WIDA is proud to announce the release of the K–12 Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses Edition, the Early Years Can Do Descriptors (for children 2.5–5.5 years old), and the K–12 PODEMOS, the Spanish Language Development Edition of the Can Do Descriptors. The links below will take you directly to their pages. Note of Thanks The development of the Can Do Descriptors represents the work of many educators in the field. K-12 Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses Edition The K–12 Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses Edition highlights what language learners can do at various stages of language development as they meaningfully participate in the college and career readiness standards. Here’s what’s included in this edition: Webinar for K-12 Educators

WeVideo Resources for Grades 3-4 Home › Classroom Resources › Grades 3-4 Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive Venn Diagram This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically. more Student Interactives Bio Cube Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography. Fractured Fairy Tales The Fractured Fairy Tale tool encourages students to create their own fractured fairy tales. Essay Map The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay. Crossword Puzzles This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles. more Sound and Sense in Children's Picturebooks more ReadWriteThink: A Framework for Success

W-APT W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. It is an English language proficiency "screener" test given to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners. It assists educators with programmatic placement decisions such as identification and placement of ELLs. The W-APT is one component of WIDA's comprehensive assessment system. Features W-APT test items are written from the model performance indicators of WIDA's five English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards: Social & Instructional Language Language of Language Arts Language of Mathematics Language of Science Language of Social Studies Test forms are divided into five grade-level clusters: Kindergarten Grades 1-2 Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12 Each form of the test assesses the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The Kindergarten W-APT The Kindergarten W-APT is meant to be administered to second semester preK, K, and first semester 1st grade students. Cost Purpose and Use

Dr. Diane August Diane August, Ph.D., is a Managing Director affiliated with the American Institutes for Research and a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics, both located in Washington DC. Her area of expertise is the development of science and literacy in second-language learners. She is the Principal Investigator for a large NICHD-funded study investigating the development of literacy in English-language learners and Co-Principal Investigator at the IES-funded National Research and Development Center on English language Learners. At the Center she has she has conducted a series of experimental studies focused on developing science knowledge and skills in middle grade ELLs. She has been a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Sciences where she was study director for the Committee on Developing a Research Agenda on the Education of Limited English Proficient and Bilingual Students. See more In addition, Dr.

Go!Animate Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text - Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Selecting Text For Comprehension In the previous literacy posts in this series I identified a few guiding questions that stem from the research: Do students understand the real point of academic reading? In this post we consider question #3, on the appropriate texts to use to develop text comprehension. The Challenge Of A Common Language I began this series by reminding readers that NAEP results show flat scores and far too weak results on text comprehension over 30 years, in middle and high school. Sitting in on numerous classes over the years reveals a key source of the problem: students are rarely expected to read a multi-page complete non-fiction text and be assessed on their grasp of it as a whole. Such bits of learning can lead to absurd lessons. “To make it easier to sort through all the facts we are learning, let’s look at this three-column form. A Counter-Intuitive Choice Of Texts Less Is More?

Tips & Tricks SMART Training | Next Level Interactive PD This is our new 21st Century learner... wow! Tip #17 SMART Response- Student Log-In vs. Anonymous: When using SMART Response software, you are hopefully attempting to collect data that will drive your instruction. In order to collect this precious data you will need to have all students log-in using their specific student ID's. This will not work in anonymous mode. Tip #16 SMART Response- WHY? When downloading SMART Notebook software you are given the option of including the Response software too. Tip #15 Homework Calendar- Gallery Highlight: Have you gone searching for a calendar to place on your SMART Board? Tip #14 Modeling Writing the Alphabet- Elementary: Research says that children learn best by modeling. arrow. Tip #13 Scrolling Text Banner- LAT Highlight: In the Lesson Activity Toolkit there are some real "gems" that you may pass by. that will scroll across your screen while presenting in Notebook software. Tip #12 Tip #11 assessment during your lessons? Tip #10 - August 18

100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom 100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom by Students and educators have a wealth of learning and productivity tools available to them online. The Google Docs collection provides a streamlined, collaborative solution to writing papers, organizing presentations and putting together spreadsheets and reports. Ed note: This is an older post, so some of these features or links may be out of date. Keyboard Shortcuts Navigate your documents and screen a lot faster when you use these keyboard shortcuts for formatting and more. Productivity Hacks These hacks will make your Google Docs experience even more efficient and streamlined. Features & Tools Make use of features and tools like Docs Translation or CSS Editing to customize your docs and make them work for you. Collaboration One of the best things about Google Docs is that you get to share and collaborate on projects with others. Files, Folders and Filters Organization Color code folders: Color-code the names of folders.

English Worksheets New Jersey Student Learning Standards New Jersey Student Learning Standards In 1996, the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted the state's first set of academic standards called the Core Curriculum Content Standards. The standards described what students should know and be able to do upon completion of a thirteen-year public school education. Over the last twenty years, New Jersey's academic standards have laid the foundation for local district curricula that is used by teachers in their daily lesson plans. Revised every five years, the standards provide local school districts with clear and specific benchmarks for student achievement in nine content areas. Developed and reviewed by panels of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and representatives from higher education, business, and the community, the standards are influenced by national standards, research-based practice, and student needs. The most recent review and revision of the standards occurred in 2014.