One of my previous posts, Immigration Fears Appear To Become Reality, contains several links to legal advice for teachers, students, and their families about how to respond to ICE raids. These new policies will certainly increase the levels of fear and stress among many of our students. As The New Yorker article, in particular, points out, another effect is likely to be undocumented parents not accessing services they and/or their children are entitled to out of fear.
Here are useful articles to learn about today’s announcement:
Writing it has made me a better teacher for my students, and I hope it’s been helpful to others. It’s been an incredible gift to be able to connect with so many talented educators around the world.
I began writing it as a place for me to keep resources that I would use in the classroom in one place. Little did I know it would result in nearly 20,000 posts (including 1,675 “Best” lists), over ten million visitors, and over fifteen-thousand subscribers – and lead to eight books (with two more on the way).
I appreciate the people I have met — online and in person — through this blog, and everything I have learned from you.
Thanks, and forward to another year!
In addition to the above few words, I thought people might find it interesting to see what have been the most popular posts since this blog began (you can also see a list of my personal favorite ones here and here).
I’m doing this anniversary post in two parts. Today, I’m sharing the twenty most popular “Best” lists (which I regularly revise and update), and tomorrow I’ll list the twenty most popular non-Best posts (I’ve published that post, and you can see it here).
In late February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.
I already have a The Best Sites For Learning About Animals, but many of those resources are not accessible to ELL Beginners (at the bottom of this post – bold – I have links to lesson plans about animals that I use with Beginners).
Many of the links are the still-active ones I copied-and-pasted from my website. Please let me know if you have additional suggestions of sites to add:
One of my New York Times Learning Network interactive for English Language Learners is on parrots and pets. Students have to choose correct word definitions and a summary, and then write about their favorite pets.
Build Your WIldself is from the New York Zoos and Aquarium. Instead of explaining it here, I’m just going to suggest you read a post from Kevin Jarrett which explains it in detail.
This would be a very good video to show Beginning English Language Learners while teaching them about animals. Students could watch it and then retell what happened, while at the same time learning the types of the animals in the film.