January 12, 2015

Language Objectives for MLK Day!

Here is an email I send out before MLK Day to our classroom teachers.  
Many of them used it!  
Always trying to get those language objectives included in every classroom lesson!  

Here it is:

Hi everyone,
If you are looking for a language objective for MLK day, this might work for

Beginners and Early Intermediate Speakers:
TSWBAT orally explain what MLK means to them using correct pronouns.

Intermediate and Early Advanced Speakers:
TSWBAT orally or in writing explain what MLK means to them using past tense

What does MLK mean to you?
Why is MLK important to you?
____means _______ to me.
___ is important to me because____.

MLK is important to me because _____________.
MLK is an important figure in U.S. history because________.

Happy Teaching! 

January 10, 2015

A mother's love...

Hello everyone and Happy Mother's Day!

I watched this video last January and still think of it.  I thought this is a great day to rewatch it and send out a hope that everyone tells their mom "I love you" today!

Happy Teaching!


January 8, 2015

Words we use in ELD!

Hi everyone,
Happy Thursday!  Many teachers ask what the definition is of many of the words we use in English Language Development (ELD).  Here are the definitions of a few I would like to share with you today.  What are some of the words you get asked about or words you want defined?
Happy Teaching,

Academic Language:  Formal language that is usually found in assessments and text books.  It is the part of language associated with literacy and uses precise and specific vocabulary and technical terms.

Academic Words:  Words specific to a particular content or concept.They are the words a student must understand in order to access the curriculum of a certain academic content area.

BICS:  Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills

CALP: Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

Cognates: Words in different languages related to each other by the same root.

Descriptors:  Broad categories of behaviors that students can demonstrate when they have met a standard.

False Cognates:  Words from different languages that sound alike and are similar in form but are unrelated in meaning.

Fluency:  The ease of comprehension in listening and reading and production speaking and writing.

Forms: Building blocks of language

Functions:  the reason to communicate

January 7, 2015

A mother's love...

Happy New Year everyone,
I recently viewed this video on a friends facebook page and wanted to share it with you all.  It brought me to tears.  Although it is directed at middle school kids, I thought it was poigent reminder of the passage of time.


Happy New Year and
Happy Teaching!