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!

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