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.
This year, my Intermediate ELL History classes, led by talented student teachers, have been teaching my Beginning ELL students.
The template of the lessons (lasting fifteen or twenty minutes) is having each Intermediate teach one-or-two Beginners in small groups. They introduce six or so new words and help Beginners learn their meaning. Then they introduce a very short-and-simple Read Aloud that uses those pre-taught words. Then, they show their “students” a related picture and teach a few more words related to the image. Finally, the “teachers” helps the “students” write sentences about the picture on little whiteboards.
Things continue to get crazier and crazier – The Wall, refugee ban, firing of the Attorney General.
Today, I just had student share how they were feeling, assured them they were welcome at our school, and told them to let me know if anyone – inside or outside of school – made them or their families feel unwelcome.
Tomorrow, our ELL U.S. History class will do a refresher lesson on the Branches of Government and separation of powers.