December 31, 2012

Really Good Stuff Blog Article


Hi everyone!
If you are interested in reading an article I wrote about Tips to Help Your ELLs Soar, click on over to Really Good Stuff I am a monthly columnist for them and October's post was all about Tips to help you help your ELLs!

Tips to Help Your English Language Learners Soar by Lori Wolfe



Photo by mrsdkrebs/flickr
by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist
We are knee deep back at school and looking good!
October is the perfect month for teachers with second language learners to take a moment and think about their classroom set up and its connection to student achievement...


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Happy Teaching!

December 27, 2012

Hey Oregon Teachers! Check this out...


Hello everyone,  I was recently looking through the ODE site and found this monthly e-newsletter that we can sign up for.  It is specifically geared to ELL teachers.  This is a list serve that mails out newsletters of state updates and is open to all of us to sign up for.  The URL to register is here:  ( Click here ) The following is the blurb the state put on their website:

 




About ORSLTeachers
English (USA)
The Oregon Second Language Teacher Update is a monthly e-newsletter that provides teachers and other educators with information about professional development opportunities, teacher and student competitions and awards,lectures, concerts, and exhibitions. Distributed by listserv, the current issue and past issues are posted here. To learn about subscribing to the Second LanguageTeacher Update, please visit the Content Area Teacher
Newsletters web page.

I clicked on the archive link and there weren't any.  I believe this is a new addition to their site.  Does anyone know about this newsletter?  I signed up, so I will keep you posted on what I receive.

Happy Holidays and Happy Teaching! 

December 22, 2012

Really Good Stuff Blog Article

Hi everyone!
If you are interested in reading an article I wrote about Common Core Standards:  ELLS and the Language Strand, click on over to Really Good Stuff.  I am a monthly columnist for them and September's post was all about the Language Standard of the Common Core!

Common Core Standards: English Language Learners (ELLs) and the Language Strand


Photo by Rachel Grimes
by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist
We are off and running with common core as we approach full adoption in the 2013-14 school year. With this in mind, have you checked out the Language Domain of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards? This great domain elevates the importance of English grammar, conventions, vocabulary in the classroom. It is essential for classroom and ESL teachers to understand this important strand.

As you know, the strands or domains of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts include:

Click here to read!

Happy Teaching!

December 19, 2012

Really Good Stuff Blog Article

Hi everyone!
If you are interested in reading an article I wrote about Smooth and Effective Transitions, click on over to Really Good Stuff.  I am a monthly columnist for them and November's post was all about Transitions!

Smooth and Efficient Transitions


 
by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist
“If only I had more time in a school day…”
Have you ever caught yourself uttering this phrase? You can easily add those instructional minutes to your day by explicitly planning for your transition times. Carefully considered transition times offer the key to maintaining an optimal learning environment, minimizes disruptions and behavior problems while maximizing instructional time. By providing the structure of predictable routines, procedures and behavioral expectations, teachers offer their students, including second language learners and those who struggle with poor attention and impulsivity, an avenue to success during transition times.
Arts include:
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Happy Teaching!

December 17, 2012

Really Good Stuff Blog Article

Hi everyone!
If you are interested in reading an article I wrote about semantic gradients, click on over to Really Good Stuff.  I am a monthly columnist for them and December's post was all about gradients!

Semantic Gradients and the Common Core Standards




Photo by Lori Wolfe
by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist
As elementary teachers we are always looking for and finding strategies to use with our students that broaden and deepen their understanding when reading. We know that when students, especially second language learners, can distinguish between the shades of meanings of related words, then they can be more precise and imaginative in their writing. Shades of meaning are the small differences among words that are related to a specific topic or idea. 

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Happy Teaching! Lori

December 14, 2012

Using Photos With English-Language Learners | Edutopia

Hi everyone,
This is a great article from Edutopia about different ideas and strategies to use with photos during an ELD or classroom lesson.  The lessons are easily connected to the Common Core and Blooms Taxonomy.  Kuddos to Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski for a well done article!

Using Photos With English-Language Learners

"A picture is worth a thousand words."
-- Unknown
Though the origin of this popular adage is unclear, one thing is clear: using photos with English-Language Learners (ELLs) can be enormously effective in helping them learn far more than a thousand words -- and how to use them.

Read more by clicking the following link.  It is worth the read!

Using Photos With English-Language Learners | Edutopia

December 12, 2012

12- 12-12

Hi everyone,
I just had to post on the 12th day of the 12th month of the 2012th year!

Here is a great article I found on Busy teacher that has some fun activities for prepositions!

7 Super Easy Activities for Teaching Prepositions of Time

Try These 7 Super Easy Activities for Teaching Prepositions of Time

 

 

 


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Susan likes to enjoy every day to its fullest whether she is freelance writing, teaching homeschoolers, or developing her special talent of instigation. When she is not imagining sand castles or catching others off balance, she cooks, sings, reads and takes walks in the sunshine. She earned an M.A. from the University of Delaware in Linguistics and an M.A. from Trinity School for Ministry in Youth Ministry. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her wonderful husband and her three cheepy cockatiels.



 Happy Teaching!


December 9, 2012

GLAD strategies and links!

Hi everyone!
A colleague from Hillsboro sent in this great glad resource.  It is a link to Everett School District in Washington state.  If you are interested in GLAD strategies and resources, grab a cup of tea, sit back and click on!



Thanks to Laurie Howard for this gem!

http://www.everett.k12.wa.us/GLAD/Links
Happy Teaching!

December 5, 2012

Using Songs and Chants in ELD lessons

SONGS AND/OR CHANTS 

Songs and Chants are a dynamic part of an ELD lesson. Songs/ Chants set the stage for the lesson and help focus the learner on the vocabulary and grammatical structure you are teaching.
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Songs and Chants help students hear the cadence and intonation of English.  They give the teacher an opportunity to help with pronunciation and articulation
You can use songs introduce grammar structure, vocabulary, or create an anticipatory set. Songs engage students because they are so darn fun!
Look at the benefits:
  • Anticipatory Set
  • Engagement
  • Affective Filter
  • Cadence and Intonation
  • Vocabulary and Grammar Features
  • Pronunciation and articulation
Make sure you pick songs that contain the vocabulary and or sentence structure you are teaching.  Songs will help students learn these words and expressions, as well as, other words of high frequency.
Don't forget that singing helps students  acquire a sense of rhythm and facilitates memorization of a linguistic item.
You can use a song or a chant to teach children the sounds and rhythm of English to reinforce structures and vocabulary or as a Total Physical Response activities!

Try this activity with your favorite song~

VERY VARIED VOICES
.................................

This is an excellent and fun way to open a
lesson. Students practice vocabulary through
songs and chants with very varied voices.

GROUPING: Whole class
OBJECTIVE: To practice vocabulary

WHAT YOU NEED:
• Song/chant

HOW TO PLAY:
•Sing the song/chant with very varied
voices

HERE ARE SOME FAVORITES:
Mouse squeak
Opera singing
Robot voice
Whisper voice
Deep voice
High voice
Hold you nose voice
Growling voice

VARIATION:
Add some very varied actions to
your very varied voices.
Suggested Actions:
Movie Star kisses/waves
Dribble and Shoot
Snapping
Jumping Jacks
Weight Lifting
Lumberjack

Happy Teaching!