Teacher -- Professional Development

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Again: Relevance, Why Twitter? ... Social Media in Education ... SmartBlog on Education (Nov. 28, 2012)

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Professional Reading
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Blogs ...
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Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S. schools.


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Webinars ... click here

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See also ... LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
See also ... BICS & CALP
See also ... LANGUAGE TRANSFER ISSUES FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
See also...ARTICLES TO SHARE WITH STUDENTS
See also ... 21st CENTURY LEARNING
See also ... "LESSONS ON LEADERSHIP" from The Dancing Guy ... very interesting!
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How Bilingualism Can Affect Your Brain ... Lumosity blog post of Feb. 11, 2013
"Speaking multiple languages may be an advantage in more ways than one: a new study suggests that bilinguals are speedier task-switchers than monolinguals."
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Why Bilinguals Are Smarter ... the benefits of bilingualism...NY Times Sunday Review (Mar. 18, 2012)
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English Language Learners with Disabilities ... AWAY (A World Awaits You) Topics ...focuses on English language learning and teaching for students with disabilities -- what works, tips for inclusion in the classroom, and much more. PDF format
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No Child Left Behind and ELLs ... by Wayne Wright (2012)...Colorin Colorado

Language Acquisition vs. Language Learning ... Everything ESL
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Comprehensible Input and Output ... Everything ESL
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... Tools for Teaching: The Amazing Sticky Note ...edutopia blog, 9-10-12
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Vocabulary: Five Common Misconceptions .. ASCD Educational Leadership (June 2012)
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Students Must Learn More Words Say Studies ... Education Week, Focus On: Literacy (Feb. 2013)
Which Words Matter? ... Education Week, Feb. 2013
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Spotlight ... on Common Core for ELLs ... May, 2013 (free download, but you will have to register for it)
Spotlight ... on Literacy and the Common Core ... May, 2013 (free download)
Spotlight ... on Math and the Common Core ... May, 2013 (free download)



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5 Simple Ways to be a Better Teacher Tomorrow ... SmartBlog on Education ... Nov. 28, 2012
"Would you like to make a few small changes and see immediate results? Here are 5 things you can do tomorrow--without spending money, without learning new programs and without adding stress to your life--that will improve your effectiveness, thus improving student learning and behavior."
  • say hello and goodbye (It sends an important message that you care....)
  • appear happy and enthusiastic
  • provide a kind reminder about rules & procedures
  • make lessons meaningful
  • play games


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VIDEO SERIES: Dr. Anita Archer
Dr. Anita Archer* is a talented author and beloved teacher of teachers. This video series is one of her many gifts to the educational community. Produced with support from the Sonoma County Office of Education, it is made available at no cost thanks to her generous spirit.
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Vocabulary Instruction, 2nd grade | Dec 2008
The students have listened to a read-aloud book and are now learning words via explicit, robust vocabulary instruction.
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Vocabulary Instruction, Kindergarten | Dec 2008Dr. Archer introduces new words using student-friendly explanations and examples to illustrate each word’s meaning.
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Modeling Verbal Retell, 1st grade -- Dr. Archer models how to retell a factual article using word prompts, both showing and telling students how to proceed.
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Active Participation Instruction, 2nd grade -- Dr. Archer teaches two active participation procedures: saying answers chorally and saying answers to a partner.
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Alternative Passage Reading, 3rd grade -- Silent, choral, cloze, and partner reading strategies are illustrated as alternatives to round-robin reading.
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Active Participation Instruction, 7th grade -- Modeling and guided practice are used to teach students class participation strategies and behaviors.
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*Anita Archer, Ph.D., recipient of eight outstanding educator awards, has taught elementary and middle school students and has been a faculty member at San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She currently serves as an educational consultant to school districts on effective instruction, classroom management, language arts instruction, and study skills instruction. She is a nationally known presenter and has authored training and curriculum materials, chapters, and books. Among her works are the acclaimed REWARDS reading program and the Tough Kid Video Series.

READING:
The Challenge of Challenging Text ... Educational Leadership, March, 2012
...When teachers understand what makes texts complex, they can better support their students in reading them...
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ARTICLES on reading and writing ... Education World
  • **Helping Students Make Independent Connections**Do your students use specific strategies during times set side for strategy instruction but fail to use those same strategies in independent reading? Help kids make the connection between instructional strategies and independent reading with Tools Of The Trade.
  • **Targeting Standards with Picture Books** Childrens picture books can be used effectively to teach many of the core standards. Learn which picture books you can use to teach about story elements, literature genres, and writing.
  • Fluency is More Than Just Speed: These classroom-ready tips focus on the most neglected area of fluency -- expressiveness. Improve your students fluency b providing opportunities for them to practice phrasing, expression, emphasis, and volume.
  • A Shared Experience: The Key to Effective Read Alouds I'd like to suggest that teachers create a read-aloud environment thats a combination of enticing entertainment, skillful modeling of comprehension and thinking strategies, and just plan fun.
  • **Tying Read Alouds to Standards** This list of suggested activities and strategies will help you make every read aloud count, and assure your principal that you are focused on meeting standards.
  • **Making the Most of Guided Reading**:Researchers Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell identify the ultimate guided reading goal as helping children learn how to use independent reading strategies successfully. Discover three tips for making the most of guided reading in your classroom.
  • **Connecting Reading to Life** Literacy Ambassador Cathy Puett Miller investigates the use of realia and small group discussions to help students connect reading content to their own experiences. Included: Plenty of practical, use-in-the-classroom-tomorrow ideas.
  • **Phonological Weakness and Struggling Readers** Learn why phonological awareness -- the understanding that speech and the sounds of language can be broken into smaller units -- is important to all emerging readers.
  • **The Face of Effective Vocabulary Instruction** Did you know that student vocabulary should increase by 2,000-3,000 words a year -- and about 400 of those words should be taught directly? But how do you do it? What activities effectively build student vocabulary? Try these tips from Cathy Puett Miller.
  • **Beyond Comprehension Strategies** Cathy Puett Miller discusses a multi-faceted approach to teaching comprehension, including five additions to the NRP's suggested reading curriculum; additions proposed by Michael Graves, University of Minnesota professor and researcher.
  • **Discovering the Writer in Every Student** Are you tired of "What I Did on My Summer Vacation?" Do you want to move your students beyond weak, formulaic writing? Cathy Puett Miller tells you how.
  • For Students Who are Not Yet Fluent, Silent Reading is Not the Best Use of Classroom Time... by Jan Hasbrouck ... Center for Development & Learning
  • Developing Fluent Readers ... (What does fluency look like? What can teachers do to help students whose fluency is far behind their peers?) by Jan Hasbrouck ... Center for Development & Learning
...from LD Online..
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RUBRICS
Tame the Beast: Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics ... Edutopia
Best Online Rubric Makers? ... Edutopia
How Do Rubrics Help? ... Edutopia
Can Rubrics Inspire? ... Edutopia
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Four middle schoolers, all of them beginners in learning English, said that when teachers talk too fast, they struggle to learn. That seems like something that can be relatively easy for teachers of ELLs to fix, if they just are made aware that it's a problem. Students said distractions in the classroom—such as noisy classmates—are also a hindrance.
They all said that working with their peers in small groups is very helpful, a strategy that Dr. Smallwood said is supported by research. Aeydis from Mexico said teachers need to be more patient with her and not give up on her if she doesn't understand or get it the first time. Hababo, from Ethiopia, said teachers sometimes give her too much information and confuse her about what is most important.
Elementary students from Arlington County also had advice for teachers. From Beza, who is from Ethiopia: Give us more time to read what we want to read. And David from El Salvador said encouragement from his fellow ELL students was important for his success. They all talked about the importance of being able to talk to their teachers individually or in small groups. And teachers who take the time to define things for them during instruction are considered most helpful.
To read the entire blog post, click here

BLOGS ... related to English Language Learners
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BLOGS ... other -- technology & grade levels, etc.
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Culture
Culture Talk ... a collection of video clips of interviews and discussions with people from manhy different countries, of different ages and from different walks of life. The videos are intended to give viewers insight into the cultures of peoples around the globe. Someof the videos feature English speakers while otherss do not. those videos that are not in English are accompanied by a written English transcript.


e-Books ... (technology)


websites ...
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The purpose of Dr. Mora's MoraModules Website is to provide a comprehensive resource on the philosophy, methods and public policy issues in educating language minority students. My objective is to create an easily accessible link between university scholarship, K-12 educators and the general public to disseminate current information about pedagogically sound principles and practices in language education. My greater purpose is to ensure equal educational opportunities for linguistically and culturally diverse students in public schools.


Language Learning for Parents/Families
Learn a Language ... hundreds of free language-learning lessons, games, activities
8 different languages in one place: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, German, Chinese, Russian
  • words
  • phrases
  • verbs
  • dictionary
  • culture
  • forum
  • blog
Learn a language here with Visual Link® Languages. You can learn over 1,400 words for free here! There are interactive audio/visual flash cards to help you learn a foreign language. There's also an addictive Lingo Dingo game to help you on your online language learning journey. As seen above, you can learn any language of your choice. You can also learn important phrases like greetings, survival expressions and slang words in the language of your choice. If you want verbs, there are over 350 verbs to help you with your language study. To our knowledge, this is the most extensive, free website dedicated to online language learning. Be sure to use it and pass it on to others.

blog--**Learn 8 Languages in One Place**

blog--**11 Foreign Language Resources to Try in 2011**
  • Forvo-- an audio wiki for word prounciation
  • WordSteps-- a resource for learning the vocabulary of your choice of nine languages
  • LangMedia -- resources for learning languages less-commonly offered by high schools and colleges in the U.S. (Arabic, Bulgarian, Persian, Thai, and Urdu); also offers a section called Culture Talk
  • Voxy-- learn language from life...uses current articles from world news, pop culture and sports to help students acquire language. As students read an article they can click on highlighted words & hear them pronounced. Highlighted words when clicked reveal the Spanish translation. Clicking on highlighted words also addes them to a study list.
  • Repeat After Us-- an online library of copyright-free English texts audio recordings. The purpose is to provide ESL students with a place to read and hear proper pronunciations of English words. Texts are arranged into 8 genre categories including children's stories.
  • iMendi-- a new site for learning the basic vocabulary of English, Spanish, Portuguese, & Czech.
  • CAPL(Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon) -- provides images that demonstrate the true meaning and intention of the words in a language.
  • Open Culture-- an extensive list of free resources for learning 37 different languages. All of the resources in the list can be downloaded to your computer or iPod.
  • Lingus TV-- features videos to help viewers learn conversationsl Spanish. Includes lessons for beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners. (Be careful if using with students...preview...some video content for high school or above.)
  • Hello World-- provided games & activities for students to develop their knowledge of foreign languages
  • 22 Frames -- a service that provides a central location for locating captioned videos for learning English & for internet users who have hearing impairments. Also provides a list of idioms, slang words, and commonly mispronounced words in each video.




Newsletters
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Discovery Education ... DE Network (DEN) weekly update
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edudemic_logo.JPG ... ... Edudemic Pulse ... FREE -- a digest of content of #edtech grab-and-go content handpicked for K-12+ classroom application. Most of this will be directly sourced from the website, but more precisely focused on quick resources busy teachers can use on-the-go.
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Center for Development and Learning ...newsletter
Founded in 1992, the Center for Development and Learning (CDL) is a results-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. CDL's mission is to improve the life chances of all children, especially those at high risk, by increasing school success. CDL's goal is to help all children learn to higher levels and apply their knowledge toward good ends.
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logo_--_ESL_globe.PNG ... an online newsletter of N.C State University
...news: NC, national, international ... tips for the ESL classroom, current issues, resources, research, bookshelf, calendar
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Schools Moving Update ... free monthly newsletter from "Schools Moving Up" ... highlights upcoming webinars and other resources
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The Big Fresh ... from Choice Literacy ... free weekly e-newsletter for K-12 literacy leaders and others interested in literacy
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The Futures Channel ...Real MATH, Real SCIENCE, Real CAREERS ... free weekly newsletter with the latest Futures videos and updates
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Hedgie's Home Page ...from author, Jan Brett...you'll get an email newsletter when new activities and projects are added to the site. There are lots and lots of coloring pages, 'how-to-draw' videos, activities, & ideas on Jan Brett's site to go along with her many great children's books.
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logo--kididdles.JPG... the best in children's music ... FREE song sheets, activity sheets, and music sheets. Also sign up for their newsletter to find out about new and exciting features and thematic songs & activities
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EdTech Tips for Teachers ... from Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community ... FREE to subscribe
Subscribers will get FREE instant access to the eBook, "101 FREE Tech Tools for Teachers", a 40-page technology integrating digital eBook
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SmartBrief on EdTech ... Designed specifically for education stakeholders with an interest in the education technology world, SmartBrief on Ed Tech is a FREE, daily e-mail newsletter. It provides you with the tools to navigate this constantly evolving area to make the best possible decisions for your schools. Topics: tech news, insights, and the latest advances in technology relevant to education

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Jing ... simple & free ... instant screenshots & screencasts
  • take a picture of make a short video of what you see on your computer monitor
  • share it instantly via your wiki, web, email, IM, Twitter, or your blog
  • save and use in documents & presentations
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER ... New tutorials, tips and user stories in your inbox every month.

This is not a marketing newsletter. We focus on the issues that matter to you, whether you're looking for up-to-the-minute software tutorials, additional outside resources, or a peek at how others are using our products.

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Organizations

Choice Literacy ... "Come for the resources...Stay for the inspiration" -- articles, features, online videos, e-newsletter, more
There are lots of free resources here, and you can also subscribe for access to "members only" resources.

Schools Moving Up Provides quality resources to help educators make sound decisions and take tangible action in their school improvement efforts. WEBINARS on lots of different topics, articles, useful links, resources by topic + MORE

REFUGEES
How to Support Refugee Students in the ELL Classroom... Colorin Colorado
  • "An immigrant leaves his homeland to find greener grass. A refugee leaves his homeland because the grass is burning under his feet…"
  • Barbara Law, More Than Just Surviving Handbook: ESL for Every Classroom Teacher
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Technology ...(see also "e-books" and "technology in the classroom")
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Atomic Learning CMS wiki ...lots of information & tutorials on Audacity, PhotoStory 3, Discovery Education, Google Earth, Movie Maker, SmartBoards, & MORE
CMS wiki ...
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designing great PowerPoint presentations ... You Suck at PowerPoint (from Slideshare.net)
You Suck At PowerPoint! by @jessedee
View more presentations from @JESSEDEE


5 shocking design mistakes to avoid when presenting ... You Suck at PowerPoint Part 2 (from Slideshare.net)


How to Guide Online Student Discussion ... from Teacher Hub.com ... News, Recommendations, & Resources--By Teachers, For Teachers

iPads in the classroom ... Kathy Schrock's support site for presentations about iPad use for teaching and learning plus links to other iPad information pages


Webinars ... may include videos, PPTs, & handouts
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COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: TEACHING ELA/LITERACY TO ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
(Education Week...originally shown May, 2013)
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COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: LITERACY AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
(Education Week...originally shown December, 2012)
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National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition ... current webinars as well as archived webinars
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APPLYING PROVEN RESEARCH ON HOW THE BRAIN LEARNS...
**free online webinars** related to brain research and learning...Scientific Learning
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.don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.png..........Simple K12 webinar series ... lots of webinars are free for everyone, others are for members only. Some "free for everyone" topics: Harness the Power of Twitter Without Being Overwhelmed, Tag You're It--Free Word Cloud Tools, You're in Good Hands! Using Mobile Devices in Education, Google Tips & Tools for Your Classroom, Spark Creativity: Making Information Come to Life with Interactive, Digital Posters (Glogster), Easy 21st Century Project Ideas for the Core Curriculum, + MORE!

5 Secrets for Creating a 21st Century Classroom (Teacher Learning Community Updates) PLUS e-Book--101 Free Webtools

Resources Every Teacher Needs to Know About -- Simple K12
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Websites ... professional reading & other professional resources
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