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Homework Poster Presentations

A lot is being written about the value of assigning homework.

I explain the assignment (usually a first draft reading), and make sure my ELLs have everything they need in order to successfully complete it.   238 more words


Maybe it's me...

Knowing when a student is really getting the language is not always as cut and dried as one may think…

This morning while walking my dog, I realized that I’ve been guilty of not taking first language colloquialisms into account. 698 more words


Teaching American Culture: Pumpkin carving for LLM students!

To help our LLM students get into the Halloween spirit–and to expose them to American Halloween traditions (i.e., increase their background knowledge)–Professor Katherine Piper organized a pumpkin carving for our LLM students on the Friday before Halloween. 61 more words


Book Review: Why Knowledge Matters – Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories

Having followed and been a fan of E.D. Hirsch, Jr. and his Core Knowledge Foundation for years, I knew that his latest book, Why Knowledge Matters – Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories… 674 more words


Get On the Phantom Bus, It Is Time for A Virtual Tour!

Utilizing Background Knowledge         

Before crafting a lesson, it is important to assess the learners’ needs by evaluating their existing knowledge base, or background knowledge. Background knowledge refers to a learner’s experiences, skills, and understandings of a topic. 833 more words

Instructional Planning

Monitoring Comprehension- Introduction for Readers

When we introduce a new thinking strategy to students, it’s important do it in a non-reading way. Using concrete visuals, movies, songs, or experiences to show students how to use the strategy allows them the chance to build schema for it before applying it to reading and other content areas. 794 more words

Teaching And Learning