October 23, 2019

🐫🐫It's hump day🐫🐫

Hello everyone,
It's Wednesday and we made it! 
Enjoy the day!
                     
 
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🐫🐫It's hump day🐫🐫






October 10, 2019

📚Something good to read! 📚

Hello everyone!  Are you looking for 📚Something good to read! 📚


I am reading Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students  by Zaretta Hammond. 



I thought I would share my notes after reading the introduction!    If any of you have read this book, please leave your comments below, we would love to hear your thoughts! 

Today I will share my thoughts about the introduction.

This section outlined the book and its purpose.  It starts with a personal story and then goes on to hit the following points:

ü Neuroscience and Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)

ü Making Culturally Responsive Teaching accessible

ü Zaretta Hammond’s intention when writing this book

ü What the book is and isn’t

ü Naming the students that are targeted in the book

ü Who the book is for

ü The outline of the book

ü Suggestions for getting the most out of the book

 





The part of this section I enjoyed the most was the very last.  After reading the Introduction and pondering on it I wondered if that last heading was actually an example of CRT and provided explicit instruction for reading this book.  Now that got my interest.  Can’t wait to dive into Chapter One!

 

Happy Reading!






 


 

 

 


 

October 3, 2019

What to teach and when!


Hello everyone,
We are entering October, we are getting to know our students and starting to reevaluate our curriculum guides to match where our students are now.  

As I review my curriculum and make changes I reviewed a poster from a previous workshop and updated a Curriculum Map I offer for free.  Read on and see if any of these ideas will help you pinpoint your teaching to your students.





ESL/ELD K-5 Curriculum Map

a year long pacing guide!

Planning for the year can be overwhelming. Many of you have been asking me for my ESL/ELD curriculum map so here it is!

This year-long ESL/ELD curriculum map, broken down by week, will help you plan your year for all 3 language levels.

✅ Beginner/early intermediate
✅ Intermediate
✅ Early Advanced/Advanced

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ESL-ELD-K-5-Curriculum-Map-a-year-long-pacing-guide-3967021Each month, under each language level there are language components that I teach during that month. You more than likely have your own resources, activities and curriculum to teach these components.

♥If I have a product that contains all or parts of the language I teach during that month I have listed it. All resource images are click-able links for your convenience. Just click on the image you want to see and it will take you to my TPT store.♥

Each month has a combination of ELD units and/or grammar components essential for English learners. Again choose some or all of what I have here. Feel free to mix it up to suit you!

Click Here to download from TPT!

Every classroom is different! Every teacher teaches differently, and I tried to create this year curriculum map with many different types of classrooms and teachers in mind. I know you may need to tweak this to the needs of your students, classroom, and administration. That’s OK! For example, March is testing month for me. If you need to switch months around to meet your testing time, that is just fine. Do what is best for your students in your classroom.

There is even a column for holidays, which you can use or not u
se, your choice. How awesome is that people? I mean the whole year is planned out for you.

Click here to download!

Happy Teaching!

September 24, 2019

⏰Time for Past Tense Verbs⏰

Hello everyone and thanks for joining me!

Teaching irregular verbs can be a boatload 🛥of fun.  Students quickly understand that irregular past tense verbs don’t end with ed but make the past tense more creatively!

Sometimes past tense verbs are tricky!  Here are some irregular past tense verbs that don’t change between tenses!
bet            bid             broadcast
cut            hit              hurt
let             put            quit
set            shut          spread


Some verbs can be regular or irregular:
Burn                   burned/burnt
Dream                dreamed/dreamt
Hang                   hung/hanged

 Here are even more irregular verbs!








September 3, 2019

🌻 Passive Voice versus Active Voice 🌻

Hello everyone,
I was doing a bit of investigating the other day into the differences between the active  and passive voice.  In a nutshell this is what I found!




I would love to know some of your favorite ways to teach active and passive voice!

Happy Teaching!
Lori 

August 29, 2019

🧡❤️Time for Past Tense Verbs💚💙

Hello everyone and thanks for joining me!❤️🧡

Teaching irregular verbs spans first to 3rd grade and beyond.  Here is a quick look at some of the Common Core Standards for irregular verbs.  



Students quickly understand that irregular past tense verbs don’t end with ed but make the past tense more creatively!

Sometimes past tense verbs are tricky!  Here are some irregular past tense verbs that don’t change between tenses!
bet            bid             broadcast
cut            hit              hurt
let             put            quit
set            shut          spread


Some verbs can be regular or irregular:
Burn                   burned/burnt
Dream                dreamed/dreamt
Hang                   hung/hanged










August 22, 2019

🎳Games - engage your students with fun! 🎳


Hello everyone!  
I love games 🎲🎲 in the classroom and they are a big part of my practice and review time.  Many folks have asked me why I find games so valuable, so I wrote the following!  

🎳Are you struggling to get students to:
ü  pay attention
ü  participate in the lessons you teach
ü  engage in cooperative groups
ü  attend to tasks that focus on practice
ü  be responsible for their own learning

If your answer is yes to one or more I suggest you add games to your instruction.

🕹Why should we include games as part of our instruction?

When we include games in our instruction we tap into the essence of high quality instruction. Games motivate and engage student learning in so many ways.
Ø  Lowers students affective filters
Ø  Creates common classroom experiences
Ø  Develops an environment where it is fun to teach and learn
Ø  Provides a safe place to wrestle with new knowledge
Ø  Retention of knowledge through student interaction 
Ø  Expands subject or topic understanding by hearing different perspectives about the same knowledge
Ø  Constructs social skills

🎯Notes on classroom management:
Game playing needs to be highly structured. Start with your learning target or objective. Choose a game that tightly corresponds to your objective/target. Make sure the game is reinforcing your lesson.

o   Before game play cover all your expectations.
o   What starts and ends a game?
o   What will the player do?
o   What do the other students do during play?
o   How will you deal with common undesired behavior?
o   Will you use a timer or timekeeper to create a fun sense of urgency?
o   Finally, what is the consequence for misbehavior?
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♦️Remember:
Games need to be active and engage all players.  Stick to procedures and routines for game playing.  When students know the game procedures and routines more time playing is more time learning.  Don’t hesitate to put your own spin on familiar games.  Use fun ditties to remind students of the rules!  For example, when handing out game pieces recite:  “You get what you get and don't you don’t throw a fit!”  And when presenting dice:  “If you throw the dice off the table you loose your turn, roll it gently!” 

Have fun!❣️