Gail Desler – with the support of educators and students – has organized the fabulous Time Of Remembrance website documenting Japanese-American internment in World War Two, along with the Vietnam War.
Because of my work with Hmong refugees, I was honored to received an invitation to be interviewed as part of the project.
The full video is thirty-six minutes along. ELL teachers might find it useful, since I discuss a wide-ranging list of issues, including the importance of looking at our students through the eyes of assets and not deficits, inductive learning, concept attainment, parent engagement, professional development and many other items of possible interest.
Bill Nye Saves The World is a new show airing on Netflix. Here’s how they describe it:
Bill Nye – science guy, educator, mechanical engineer, and curator of curiosity – returns with a new show. Each episode of Bill Nye Saves the World tackles a specific topic or concept through lively panel discussions, wide-ranging correspondent reports from a crackerjack team, and Bill’s very special blend of lab procedure and sly personality.
The company’s actual site for the video is off-line (at the time of this post), presumably because of massive traffic.
At the very least, teachers can show the video to ELLs and have them write and describe what they saw. I definitely plan on doing that with students. In addition, many of my Beginners are now reaching the stage where they can begin to learn reading strategies. So I think this might be an opportune time to teach “making a connection” and the sentence starter “This makes me remember.” Of course, it might bring up strong emotions for some, so I’m going to play it by ear.