Though most teachers of all-English Language Learner classes understand the importance of supporting the home languages of their students, many other educators and community members are less familiar with its importance. I thought it would be useful to bring together a few related resources, and I’d love for readers to contribute more (you might also be interested in The Best Resources For International Mother Language Day) :
I’m going to start off with links to a recent three-part series on the topic that appeared at my Education Week Teacher column:
“But What If I Don’t Know English?” is another great resource from Colorin Colorado, and it’s available in Spanish and and in English. It shares ideas on how parents who don’t speak English can still help their children develop literacy skills.
Students value their schoolwork when they believe it is relevant to their lives and/or will help them connect to a purpose that is bigger than themselves—whether it is a contribution to their family, their community, society at large, or something else.
Today, I saw a piece in New York Magazine discussing new research about the importance of having a purpose in one’s life. There’s obviously a connection between that and having a purpose for learning. However, what really struck me about the article was the final line:
Most educators have heard about John Hattie and his education research. I’ve shared many related resources over the years, and this first tweet by Scott Martin today prompted me to put them all together in one “Best” list (again, this are just resources I’ve previously posted in this blog – I’m sure I’m missing other good pieces). Feel free to suggest other additions (you might also be interested in The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research):