Our Little Earth | Current Events for Kids; News for Kids; World News for Students Interactive Reading Journals: 10 Creative Prompts to Engage Your ESL Students Do you wish your students would do more than look at the words on the page when they read? Of course! I had this same problem, but now use an amazing tool that will give your students a hands-on experience whenever reading a text. It’s simple enough that they can do it on their own, plus it’s flexible enough to meet each students’ needs. What’s this perfect solution? An interactive reading journal. What Is an Interactive Reading Journal? An interactive reading journal is a unique way for your students to process what they have read. A good interactive journal challenges its owner to make personal connections with what they read, to chew up the language they take in and spit it back on the page in interesting and creative ways. Interactive journals are great for ESL students since they give tangible connections to our abstract friend the English language. Basically, the journal has one or more pages for each story, book, chapter, etc. that a student reads. Vocabulary 1. 2. Plot 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Successful School Leaders Today Need to Harness Technology & Social Media School leadership is complex. It’s often an enigma. It is simultaneously invigorating and exhausting. School and system leaders are pulled in hundreds of directions by hundreds of constituents every second of the day. Having the passion, skills, strategies, and with-it-ness to thrive in a position of school leadership requires, in part, taking the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other leaders. I had the opportunity to review William Sterrett’s recent publication, Insights into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works, published by ASCD. It was with great interest that I read this new book, curious if and how the author would encourage his readers to become connected learners and leaders — to harness technology and social media tools to enhance communication, collaboration, and learning opportunities for those in the organization and school community. Connected learning & leadership Highlights from the book About the author
12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources by Shannon Dauphin Project-based learning is becoming increasingly popular as teachers look for a way to make lessons stick in the minds of their students. According to Edutopia, studies have shown that students who use project-based learning remember the material much longer and have healthier attitudes toward education. Project-based learning is based on the idea that students learn best by tackling and solving real world problems. Ready to try project-based learning in your classroom? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. From integrating technology into the classroom to teaching science by hands-on experimentation, project-based learning is not only educational, but often entertaining as well. Shannon Dauphin Lee has been writing professionally for two decades on a wide variety of topics, including education; this article was written by onlineschools for TeachThought
DOGO News - Kids news articles! Kids current events; plus kids news on science, sports, and more! 25 maps that explain the English language English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer. It's spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha. It reflects the influences of centuries of international exchange, including conquest and colonization, from the Vikings through the 21st century. Here are 25 maps and charts that explain how English got started and evolved into the differently accented languages spoken today. The origins of English Where English comes fromEnglish, like more than 400 other languages, is part of the Indo-European language family, sharing common roots not just with German and French but with Russian, Hindi, Punjabi, and Persian. The spread of English The colonization of AmericaThe British settlers coming to different parts of America in the 17th and 18th centuries were from different regional, class, and religious backgrounds, and brought with them distinctive ways of speaking. English around the world
Learning Is Messy – Blog | :Roll up your sleeves and get messy “Reading” Sebastien Wiertz Close reading is one of the “strategies du jour”. From the Common Core State Standards in ELA: 1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. In addition from the Harvard Writing Center: The second step is interpreting your observations. In pretty much all trainings and presentations I deliver about STEM learning, I stress how STEM is language intense. STEM learning is somewhat its own enemy because often the activity or experience involved is so interesting, intriguing or engaging (or all 3) that the students get excited and talk about it excitedly (and often parents voice how excited their child was when they came home) and teachers assume everything (or enough) important was learned. This is a powerful learning opportunity missed. “The second step is interpreting your observations. Learning is messy!
The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation I set myself the challenge of preparing my first Ignite presentation as fast as possible. The Ignite presentation format is a 5 minutes long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. It’s the presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet. It’s a very challenging format which can take forever to prepare. Here’s the way that I did it: 1. I used my normal presentation planner which I teach to all my clients. Click on the image to see a larger view. Time: 10 minutes 2. I typed what I wanted to say into the format of 20 slides: Time: 1 hour 3. I then used the “rehearse timings” button and delivered the presentation: The Slide Sorter view (above) showed me how long I spent talking on each slide. My aim was for each slide to take 13 to 15 seconds. When I first tried this out I was all over the place, some slides taking 7 seconds and some 34 seconds. Time: 2 hours 4. 5. I printed out my verbal slides (shown in point 2. above) as handouts – 2 to a page: 5.
CommonLit | Free Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources, Curriculum, & Assessment Materials for Middle & High School English Language Arts ESL Beginner - Level 1 Revision Game ESL Interactive Fun Games Here we have the games carefully laid out for you. Follow the links to browse the variety of games offered. This is only the directory for interactive games and exercises. Grammar Games & Interactive Exercises - Click Here! Games for Practising Grammar: Present simple/present progressive games, past tense games, present perfect games, comparative/Superlatives and more... Vocabulary Games & Interactive Exercises - Click Here! Games for practising English vocabulary: Lots of games by topics and game types Pronunciation Games & Interactive Exercises - Click Here! Games to practice English pronunciation, phonetics and phonics. Reading/Spelling Games & Interactive Exercises - Click Here! Games and exercises to practice reading, spelling and lexis
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