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Distance Learning Resources (The Power of Journaling) – Part 2

28 May
Video source: John Spencer (Youtube) – John Spencer’s Website
Image source: @ValentinaESL (ναℓєηтιηα gσηzαℓєz) – Cult of Pedagogy
Many teachers and parents are seeking engaging opportunities and lessons for students during distance learning, especially ones that don’t require a technology or a device. One of my favorite activities is journaling. I have had students journal for years, and I have always noticed amazing growth in their writing and thinking skills. Whether you are journaling for yourself or for your students, I have been collecting resources during the past two months. Here are some of the best articles I have found on this topic. My top 10!
Students Can Respond to Daily Writing Prompts, Inspired by The New York Times, at Home for Free (New York Times Learning Network)
Why You Should Start a Coronavirus Diary (New York Times)
My 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule (Long Creations)
How Keeping a Pandemic Journal Builds Students’ Historical Thinking Skills and Helps Them Cope (Mindshift)
12 Ideas for Writing Through the Pandemic With The New York Times (New York Times Learning Network) – Great ideas here!
How Student Journals Can Spark Curiosity and Inspire Creativity in the Classroom (John Spencer)
Why Mundane Moments Truly Matter (New York Times Smarter Living)
How Dialogue Journals Build Teacher-Student Relationships (Cult of Pedagogy)
Student Journaling During Coronavirus (Facing History and Ourselves)
Innovative Ways to Make Coronavirus a Teachable Moment (Edutopia)

2019 in Pictures

12 Dec

What do you think were the most memorable moments of the year? If you were to make a “Year in Pictures” of your own life, which moments would you include? The New York Times has selected the best photos from 2019 (LINK). A great activity for students could be having them choose 12 photos that represent their year. They could make a slideshow using Google Slides and write a short caption for each photo. The New York Times Learning Network featured this activity (Picture Prompts). I believe it would be an engaging one for all students. I am going to do this activity with my English language learners.

Yakawlang, Afghanistan, May 19
 Students walked home over the mountains from Rustam school, seen behind them. Ninety percent of the school’s graduates get into college. Most are girls. Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

The Bilingual Brain (Ted-Ed Tuesday)

24 Sep

It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? In this Ted-Ed Talk, Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.

In the New York Times last week, The Beauty of Being Bilingual was featured in the opinion section. Natalia Sylvester wrote: “I used to think that being bilingual is what made me a writer, but more and more I see it’s deeper than that. It’s the constant act of interpreting. The journeying back and forth. The discovery that language, and the stories it carries, is not a straight path. Those of us who’ve served as interpreters in everyday life know it’s a bittersweet privilege.” Here is a LINK to the article.

Conversation Starters / Writing Prompts

9 Sep

I found this great resource for conversation starters or prompts on the Internet TESL Journal. I think they are great prompts for all students.

Poetry Generator

27 Aug
Image source: https://www.theelephant.info/culture/2019/07/04/poetry-is-dying-and-poets-are-an-endangered-species/

Grade 4 students at the American School of Lusaka are doing a unit on poetry. Here are two nice websites, poetry generators, that I discovered. They are fun for all ages.

Poetry Games (LINK)

Poetry Generator (LINK)

TOP 10 Strategies to Support ELs

1 Jul

This is a nice visual from educator Cindy Garcia (@CindyGarciaTX) of some great strategies to support English learners (ELs).

Parents as Partners (Literacy)

13 Dec

As we prepare to go on winter break (or summer depending on your hemisphere!), I am sharing some nice resources for parents who want to prevent the “summer slide” with reading. Our school has a long four-week vacation, so it’s important to read and write on a daily basis. Keep it fun! Here are two articles which provide a number of ideas for how you can read with your son or daughter. There are also many other ideas to make learning fun (Museums, galleries, board games, etc.). I hope you like them!

Your child has nightly reading homework. What should YOU be doing?

Parents: Inspiring Readers Through the Summer Slump

The Best Age to Learn a Language (BBC)

30 Oct

Languages

Image Source: https://goo.gl/images/oATKSk

When it comes to learning a foreign language, we tend to think that children are the most adept. But that may not be the case – and there are added benefits to starting as an adult. Click HERE to read this very good article from BBC Future. 

Being bilingual!

3 Oct

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I love this Sketchnote by Alison Schofield (@educatorBMLS).

How many languages do you speak? 

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