Facing History and StoryCorps provides lessons about American history and social issues designed to promote critical thinking skills, empathy and tolerance, and a sense of civic responsibility. In addition to the link to “(Re)building Classroom Commuity Post-Election” below, the site also offers the posts and topics:
Now is the time of year to learn about and share cultural traditions in a way that expands students’ knowledge, interest, and respect for all people. The article referenced below offers teachers suggestion son how to observe the variuos cultural and religious holidays and celebrations in their classrooms throughout the year.
Find out about the unique challenges facing English language learners (ELLs) who have learning and attention issues, and what can parents do to help.
English Language Learner Classmates and the Classroom Social Skills of Students with Disabilities (click on title to open article)
The article above describes social skills improved for kindergarten children with a disability when more English language learners were in the classroom with them. While English language learners’ social skills didn’t change as a result of having children with a disability in their classroom. As a result, researchers concluded that schools should focus attention the characteristics of students who perform well and not as well in classroom settings to see if their is a pattern, and then to work on strategies that will help all students do well.
Source: Teachers College Record Volume 117 Number 7, 2015, p. 1-40
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17960, Date Accessed: 9/16/2016
English language learners’ experience with technology can vary greatly from one student to the next. Some kids may have never used a computer. Others may be doing all of the troubleshooting! This resource section provides ideas for using technology with ELLs, activities for using multimedia tools, and bilingual tips for managing media at school and at home.
Recommended Resource from Understood.org
For more great ideas, take a look at the bilingual resources on Assistive Technology from Understood.org, a free website focused on learning and attention issues.
In the future, I will offer a tool kit with information on how to teach English with a hearing impairment. I’m able to do so with hearing aides and listening devices that enable me to isolate sounds so I can listen to individual students in noisy environments and minimize peripheral noise while in small group settings. Listening devices alone cannot substitute for teaching strategies designed to meet my needs while, at the same time, give students what they need from me in a way that keeps them learning and engaged.
Below is a presentation that contains helpful suggestions for hearing impaired teachers in general.
Source: Hearing Loss: Strategies for the Classroom Teacher Victorian Deaf Education Institute June 25, 2015. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISWkl29SpwU Accessed 8/30/16)
The Sing Out Loud American Rhythms website features FREE songs, lyrics and readi (ng, writing and speaking activities for teen and adult English language learners–and people who enjoy hearing good music! Teachers can download the songs, information about the songs (including artist credits) and pre- and post-listening activities by clicking on the song’s title under the Table of Contents. An additional, generic list of activities is available for use with any of the songs on this site as well. English language levels are indicated for activities associated with individual songs as well. This site has it all!
This speaker offers several suggestions for how to make language easier for people to understand–and why it’s so important to do so. By law, U.S. government agencies must use “plain language” (common words, short sentences, no idioms and graphics). Companies should use plain language; but, as yet, are not required to do so. My hope is that companies use plain language in their documents and when speaking with people who need it in order to communicate with someone and comprehend what is being said.
ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 54 affiliate organizations.
Our diverse, nonpartisan membership is our greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world.
NOTE: Most resources are for member access and registration is not free. The site does offer a free trial membership and some materials for free.
This is one of the best international continuing education sites I’ve seen for English language teachers. If you agree, please consider sharing this site with your colleagues.