Walls in #ELL classrooms should reflect students, not just students’ work or words to learn (although WWs r important). Culturally Responsive teaching means creating a space where student say “I see ME in this room!” So fill your walls with culturally relative and relevant stuff!
Then, have students watch one or more of the videos on this list.
Next, they’ll respond to this writing prompt:
Watch the videos, and read the two lists. In your own words, please share some (at least three) of the reasons they say it’s important to study history. To what extent do you agree with what they are saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.
It’s getting close to semester finals and in my ELL Geography class, I usually have this read this short piece, 9 Reasons to Study Geography, from Brainscape. Then, they watch the first video in this collection and, lastly, answer this writing prompt:
According to the writers and/or the video, what are reasons why it is important to study geography (you only have to pick four of them)? Do you agree with what they are saying? To support your opinion you may use examples from your own experiences (including what has taken place in our class this year), your observations of others, and any of your reading.
This year, though, I took some time to search for other related videos that they might watch, also. I wasn’t too impressed with what I found, but I think they’re serviceable…
Then, earlier this week, Diane Staehr Fenner sent this tweet and put the same question out on Facebook:
We’re doing research on grading #ELLs. Please help!
1. What are challenges you or your colleagues have in grading ELs?
2. What are some strategies or tools that you find helpful in grading ELs?
3. Any good examples of report cards to share?#ellchat#ellchat_bkclub
This post was originally titled “Terrible Idea: U.S. Justice Dept. Proposing That Questions About Immigration Status Be Included In Census.” I changed it after more and more attention was brought to this…terrible idea.
Boy, that’s sure to increase the odds that people will want to answer Census questions – NOT!
During the last Census, my English Language Learner students organized a neighborhood campaign, including bilingual materials they produced, to encourage immigrants to complete the Census. It’s always a challenge to get high participation rates in immigrant communities – both because of language and trust issues. But it’s critical to get as many people as possible to answer because of the resources it can bring into those areas.
But, really, who would trust that the Trump Administration wouldn’t use data from that question against immigrants?