Truths!

Here are some school truths: SEL is vital! Literacy is crucial! ELD/ESL is imperative! And these have always been…maybe your student population changed, life sure has changed, but people have always needed support learning, practicing what they have learned, learning about differences and similarities, appreciation, respect, and expressing themselves properly. All of these may leaveContinue reading “Truths!”

ELD versus ESL

Our classrooms are becoming very diverse and this may include students that are coming from areas where English is not the native or secondary language. These students may need to spend time learning English by transferring the language skills they have or by learning the fundamentals and academic language together, Not all students come toContinue reading “ELD versus ESL”

What Multicultural Acceptance looks like within the Classroom

Many teachers around the globe have classrooms that are increasing more globally diverse. Students are moving from around the globe to new places and bring with them a wealth of cultural information that may be new or different to their new home region and school. As teachers our goal is to get to know theContinue reading “What Multicultural Acceptance looks like within the Classroom”

Springtime, Rhyme Time

Welcome to Spring! The days are beautiful, the sun is out and the flowers are blooming. And our students are getting ready to head back to the classroom. Reading, writing and literacy are going to need some extra effort to bridge the gap that may have formed over the COVID time. My students are someContinue reading “Springtime, Rhyme Time”

Jamboard Journal

The Google Education Suite continues to build innovative and helpful programs such as Jamboard. I love to use this application with students of all ages, especially with my English Language Learners/ English Second Language Students. There are so many ways get students to engage! Writing is vital to students language development but finding a startingContinue reading “Jamboard Journal”

Four-Square Check-Ins for SEL & Classroom Community Building

I wrote about this before, four square check-ins. I start these at the beginning of the class session to get students engaged and to build community. Everyone listens, students practice speaking in complete sentences and adding information to their opinion. It is a fun way for students to speak about their emotions. The question, ”Continue reading “Four-Square Check-Ins for SEL & Classroom Community Building”

Four Square Check-In Tool for Student Engagement and Attendance

I love using this four square check-in activity at the beginning of my classes. My students love to tell me how they are doing based on the animal/character/food/color or whatever pictures I use to relate to their feelings. Students choose one, multiple or no pictures to relate to and then tell me and the classContinue reading “Four Square Check-In Tool for Student Engagement and Attendance”

St. Patrick’s Day Creative Writing

Do you decorate your classroom with leprechaun traps in hopes of catching that sneaky one and so your students can get that pot of gold? I know you do! The kids absolutely love it! What a time of year to build some STEM into daily instruction and to build a trap. It’s a fun andContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Creative Writing”

Game Play!

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all doing well and with wishful thinking, I am hoping you are preparing to go from online teaching to soon to be in-person teaching again. Although schooling should always strive to advance and change with the times to meet the needs of the diverse students and needs, face toContinue reading “Game Play!”

Reading, Writing and Speaking -so many activities and so much learning!

There is no time like the present to get our students engaged and writing. But, first they need to know what they are writing about and how to organize that information. Below are three different lessons/units to help build your students’ skills. Take a look!