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NYSESLAT’18 done…or is it??

6th Grade Team, 7th Grade Team, 8th Grade Team, Art Teachers, ELA Teachers, Great Pedagogy, Health + P.E. Teachers, Math Teachers, Science Teachers, Social Studies Teachers
Special "thank you's" to everyone who supported ELLs during the NYSESLAT'18...from bucket notes to grading, to every encouragement in between! ELLs need much more support in classrooms. Here's why: Scoring take aways: The writing rubric used to score exams exceeds what ELLs do in ELA classrooms The R.A.C.E. response inculcated into written responses school-wide partially help ELLs respond to prompts that require opinions and personal anecdotes (which are graded down on the ELA exam!) Implication: More ELLs are "trapped" in ENL because they can not pass the NYSESLAT The longer ELLs are in ENL, the higher the chance of dropping out of school (infographic). This is a nation-wide issue affecting education and society.   To improve this inequity: I created a study group in Sep 2017 called "Preempting Long Term ELLs" with NYC Men…
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Three Stages of Understanding

6th Grade Team, 7th Grade Team, 8th Grade Team, Art Teachers, ELA Teachers, Health + P.E. Teachers, Math Teachers, Science Teachers, Social Studies Teachers
The Three Stages of the Understand Level* Students restate information in their own words to show they understand the information. In this example, students identify what led up to the revolution, framing the context for the revolt: What? So What? Now What? What led to the colonists’ revolt against Britain? Why was this revolt important? What effect has the American Rev had on the U.S. and Britain? One reason is increasing numbers of immigrants from other nations. It led to the foundation and formation of the United States. The U.S. and Britain have since been very strong allies. How did this strategy work for you?   (*From "A Framework for Thinking: Digging Deeper into Bloom's Taxonomy")
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Learning Connections

6th Grade Team, 7th Grade Team, 8th Grade Team
In our study group on the adolescent brains, we learned in the article “Teaching & the Adolescent Brain” (Schenk) that learning happens with “consolidated learning connections”. Our 756-Word Campaign (to close the vocab gap) hits these 5 components of learning. Thank you for your suggestions so far: Acquisition of stimuli (when new words are introduced, patterns result, Neural connection (made via connecting new to background knowledge when students draw or write their own definitions), Consolidation (created by the stability of repetition, writing in notebook), Dynamic relationships (when students hear and use new words across the curriculum, Retrievable memory (as students see words on word walls in hallways and classrooms).  
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3 Tools You Need to Teach ELLs

6th Grade Team, 7th Grade Team, 8th Grade Team, Art Teachers, ELA Teachers, Health + P.E. Teachers, Math Teachers, Science Teachers, Social Studies Teachers
*New* in ELL this week involves 3 valuable information sources: This is a super-short, but informative survey. It only takes only 3 minutes to complete (I know because two teachers volunteered to test it :). Check it out here. After you do that, check out this is a fun, 1 minute video featuring The 8 Steps for the Perfect Lesson for ELLs. The 8 Steps are to help you, as content teachers plan instruction. Last, you can look at the newly updated Collaboration & Data page for an explanation of the data groups, because when you're ready to plan, you can get the coveted ELL Data Sheet at Using Data, CCSS, & NLAP. You can use them all to reach ELLs at their Language Access point as you teach them at their Content Access point.  
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