Category Archive: ELL

English Language Development Frames

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When my sister and I were kids, we played Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo. I witnessed her saving the princess at least three times during our summer video game marathons. I watched as… Continue reading

One Voice, Many Languages

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“Suddenly, the most beautiful words filled the air. Eva was rehearsing her writing aloud,  in Spanish. I quickly reached for my phone and recorded her, so she’d remember her plans. But Eva didn’t need that. The words came right back, this time, on paper.”

A Writing Conference with an English Language Learner Using Google Translate

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Read on for a snippet of a writing conference using Google Translate with an upper elementary student who is learning English.

Helping Silent Kids Talk in a Conference

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Last week, I had a little brainstorming session with one of my favorite groups of teachers and we came up with a list of tried-and-true teaching moves to help the truly non-talking kids open up a little when it comes time to talk about the work they’ve been doing.

Digital Tools Invite Writers to Compose – #NCTE13

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Two of the sessions I attended at NCTE in Boston helped me think about ways two digital tools could be meaningfully integrated into early childhood and elementary school classrooms to engage young writers. The “Exploring Collaboration of Multimodal Literacies in Early Childhood: Digital Filmmaking, Designing, and Co-Authoring” panel discussed the way digital video cameras could enhance learning, while two of the presenters in “Writing Workshop Is for All Students: Using Visuals, Oral Language, and Digital Tools to Maximize Success and Independence for English Language Learners” suggested the incorporation of digital cameras.

Supporting ELL Students in Writing Workshop

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One of the best closing sessions I attended at the Writing Institute was given by Amanda Hartman.  “Scaffolds and Supports We Can Put in Place to Support Our ELLs (K-2)” was a 45-minute… Continue reading