Spring Board Three

By: Taylor McAnally
Winter 2015

Three Student Sites!

Engage NY

  • This website address a lesson plan for grade levels that address English language development with a core content area.
  • https://www.engageny.org/resource/scaffolding-ins...
  • I think that this is a great website and it gave such detailed instruction for how to successfully teach a first grade ELA lesson that meets the standard MB 1.03. This lesson gives a great detailed instruction on how to scaffold instruction for ELL students. The negative part of this website is how specific the lesson is and that it does not give detailed instruction for all grade levels.
  • I want to use this in my class by taking main ideas from it and using those in my classroom. I think that is important that they talk about the same standards for all students and it’s about how the teacher scaffolds the information to all students.
Teaching Blog Addict:
  • A blog or networking site for ESOL/binlingual educators
  • http://www.teachingblogaddict.com/2011/04/ell-blo...
  • This is a wonderful blog for teachers to run ideas off one another. This is place that teachers are able to work together to make successful lesson plans with one another. The negative part of this blog is that is can get negative at some parts. I think that when teachers share they can use constructive criticism, but that is very different then being negative.
  • As a soon to be first year teacher I think this site is very helpful to see new ideas to better teach my ELL students. It is also a great place to look to see if my ideas are going to be successful. I also love the idea of being able to run ideas off other and have them add new parts to improve my lesson or idea.
Good Reads:
  • A list of recommended books for ELLs or for teachers of ELL’s
  • http://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/esl
  • This is an awesome website to find both books for ELL students and for Teachers who each ESL or have ELL students in their classroom. This website has so many books, so I think that it would be hard only picking a few. I also think that if a great book is found it might be hard to have resources to purchase a classroom set, or a set from a school.
  • I will use this webpage to help me when I need a good resource book. I think that teachers can always be learning and these book recommendations from the website will help decided good books to learn from. I also think that this site is a resource when I have the access to buying a class set of books. I think that making sure that my book choice makes all my students successful which includes my ELL students.
  • Three Teacher Sites!
    • http://www.starfall.com
    • This is great website for students kindergarten though second grade, or an ELL that is just learning their phonics. This website has videos for every letter and the sound that it makes, it has books that students click on the words and it says them out loud, and other aspects such has tongue twisters or poetry. I would use this for ELL students who need extra practice with what sounds letters make. I would also use this website as a follow along so students could use it at home so that books can get read to them in English and they can follow what words look and sound like.
    • http://pbskids.org/martha/stories/truestories/
    • PBS Kids is a great websites for students to play with as a special treat. I think that Martha Speaks is a great place for students to get stores read out loud to them and then get to play certain games that helps them with the vocabulary that they just learned in the video. I would use this frequently with ELL students because it does not feel like “more” work that they have to do, but it is a short fun clip where they learn new vocabulary and then have a comprehension game to play at the end. This will help ELL students gain more knowledge on words such as “buildings” and give them time to be able to look at eh visual of the word.

    • http://www.storyplace.org/preschool/other.asp
    • Even though this website says preschool, nowhere on the actual website does it says that. This website is great vocabulary practice for students. Students listen to a story, but they pick out vocabulary words that would make sense in the story, for example they would need to pick out an instrument. I would use this with kindergarteners and first graders who are struggling with their vocabulary and don’t have names for a lot of common objects. This website would be an extra resource to them. It also lets them picks topics that they want to learn and read about so that it is something interesting to the student.
  • Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners
    • Manipulatives: Using manipulatives I believe is a very important for working with English Language Learners. When working with vocabulary, mathematic, and science having manipulatives for students makes a greater connection for them. I believe that by making sure to use manipulatives as, “… concrete device that students can move and handle to support their [students] thinking and learning” (Herrell, Jordan pg. 70). This strategy such as having small props for students to work out word problems is really powerful for students. I had an EL student who was really struggling in divison and by giving him small props that we called “cupcakes” allowed him to understand what the story problem was asking him. This made this strategy number 10 really important to my future teaching.
    • Small Groups and Partners: This strategy is a great way to enhance instruction and engagement. By implementing think-pair-share, buddy reading, research interview, conversation role-play, and convince me (all found in figure 4.1) are strategies as a future teacher that I find extremely important. This is time where it is important that teachers know their students so that they are able to match students up appropriately. Teachers can have different ways of pairing up their students so that they are able to make them successful. For example “if the object of the partner work is peer tutoring, match the students who need tutoring with peer tutors, considering such things as gender, home language, and personality” (Herrell, Jordan pg. 33).
    • Vocabulary Role-Play: This strategy is used to “encouraged learners to make connections among their past experiences, the content currently being studied, and vocabulary that is new or being used in an unfamiliar way” (Herrell, Jordan pg. 98). By students being able to connect the new vocabulary and then practice and plan how they want their scenes to go. I think that by having students learn vocabulary this way instead of out of a dictionary. This is a really powerful concept to me as a future teacher because with all the new common core it focuses on vocabulary a lot, which is why strategies like number 15 “Vocabulary Role-Play” is so important.

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