In it, an archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum recommends that people begin to journal about current events to create a resource for future historians. She mainly is targeting present historians, but the advice can easily be applied to non- professional historians, also – like our students!
I could easily see this idea as being a “hook” to have students begin to blog about current events.
The article shares several pieces of advice. Here’s one:
Doing something like this semi-regularly on a class blog would be easy to do and easy to archive.
I’ll be one of the speakers at this excellent professional development opportunity. Carol Salva has published a great description on her blog and has given me permission to reprint it here.
VirtuEL17 – An EL Conference Delivered Straight to Your Device
#VirtuEL17 is almost here!
Make plans to “attend” this virtual ESL conference!
It takes place on Saturday June 17, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm Eastern Time (7:00 t- 10:00 AM Pacific)
Like many conferences, #VirtuEL17 will feature top ESL educators and specialists who will share their passion and effective techniques for working with English Learners. The difference is that this conference will come right to your home, right to your device! For all the details, see the conference program here.
VirtuEL is staff development by teachers, FOR teachers. It is the brainchild of Tan Huynh, a master educator who blogs on the popular site, EmpoweringELLs.com. His site is a resource center that contains articles about instructional practices that support ELs’ language development. Tan and I had been planning VirtuEL when we were asked to participate in the the virtual conference,#MADPD. The day of learning inspired us and propelled us toward realizing Tan’s vision of a virtual conference for ESL educators. His idea is taking shape now that we have so many sessions lined up that can be watched live and then re-watched on demand. Most will be live sessions but some will be pre-recorded with the opportunity for a live Q&A with the presenters.
Author and Seidlitz Education Consultant, Nancy Motley is delivering the first Keynote session 9:00 am Eastern. This 5 minute video is a sneak peek of her talk and will give you an idea of the insight that Nancy will share with us that morning:
We have another incredible keynote speaker at 10:45 am Eastern. Educator, Author and Ed Week teacher advice columnist, Larry Ferlazzo, will be answering our questions and chatting with us about his talk on Social Emotional Learning (SEL). To participate fully, please watch this 15 minute video by Larry entitled “Social Emotional Learning & Common Core.”
FLIPPED PD: Bring your comments and questions to the conference at 10:45 Eastern and tune in to Larry’s YoutubeLive event which will be posted here soon: (YouTube Live Link Coming Soon). Larry will answer our questions and hear our comments about this important tool for working with English Learners. The video will have a chat feature or you may log in to Twitter and post your comments using the hashtag #VirtuEL17. I will be monitoring the feed along with Tan and Larry.
Thought Provoking Breakout Sessions 10:00 am & 11:00 am ET
We hope you will participate in our first #VirtuEL conference. I am inspired by what educators are doing on their own time to make this possible. Thank you, Tan Huynh, Nancy Motley, Larry Ferlazzo, and all who are reading this. We are delighted to deliver this innovative day of learning. You deserve it!
I also regularly write other articles/columns for different publications, including Edutopia, The Washington Post and ASCD Educational Leadership.
You can find links to all of those pieces (there are probably over two-hundred of them) here. I’ve chosen these sixteen as the best of the bunch.
Here are the ones I’ve written in 2017 – so far (I haven’t written many this year – any “free” time was devoted to our next book on teaching ELLs). I’m adding this post to All Mid-Year 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place:
This weekend, both The Washington Post and the New York Times published articles about how high school teachers were handling the topic of climate change in areas where parents tended to be supporters of President Trump.
Both articles are worth reading, and important lessons can be gleaned from both.
The last time I tried Google Story Builder, it was off-line. That was a bummer – it’s always been a great tool. Fortunately, however, it apparently was just a momentary blip because it’s back up and working!
This week, I’ll be asking students to use the app to create a dialogue between two or three people. The purpose is to convince one of them to study English over the summer.
I thought I’d share what they’ll be doing as their final activity – a “year-in-review.”
I believe I originally got the idea of a timeline like the crudely-drawn one at the top of this post from Jim Burke many years ago, and have often used it – ranging from having students plot important points in Nelson Mandela’s life to documenting several important events in their life in preparation for an Autobiographical Incident essay.
Students use the positive-and-negative numbers to gauge if the events were…positive or negative. They then describe event, why they rated it as they did, and illustrate it. Finally, students present their timeline.
Students in my ELL Beginners class will be identify seven important things that happened during this school year – a particular lesson, meeting a new friend, doing a project, etc., and laying it out on a poster using this kind of timeline. You can download the instructions here.
I believe colleagues who teach more advanced ELLs might be using this same timeline with their students. The difference is that they are going to have their students follow-up with writing a narrative reflection.
I’ve always found this activity to be a nice way to wrap up the year. I might publish some of my students’ timelines this year after they’re completed.