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ALDA visits the law firm of Arnold and Porter Kaye Scholer

Today Professor Anne Himes and I took our ALDA students on a field trip to visit the global law firm of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer… 109 more words


Water Cycle- Multiple languages

This website is a government sponsored website that provides great resources in many of the big ideas of science. For this purpose, the link I chose was a summary of the water cycle. 99 more words

Earth Science

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