#oklaed Archive

This is the official Twitter account for #OklaEd, thehashtag that brings OK educators together. #OklaEd is not political & promotes constructive dialogue.

Sunday May 20, 2018
9:00 PM EDT

  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:00 PM EDT
    Welcome to the #oklaed chat! Let's begin with introductions: Please share your name, district, & current position
  • djthoreson May 20 @ 9:00 PM EDT
    Debbie Thoreson, P of 2nd grader, er, uh, now a 3rd grader... T of English 3 & AP, Dewey High School, #oklaed
  • watersenglish May 20 @ 9:01 PM EDT
    Michelle Waters, 9-11 English, Wayne High School. #oklaed
  • MrGragg May 20 @ 9:01 PM EDT
    Todd Gragg, History Educator, @MCHSBombers1 #MDPurpose #MDubLearns #oklaed
  • Stv_Gilliland May 20 @ 9:01 PM EDT
    Steve Gilliland, Asst. Principal, Del City High School #oklaed
  • MPSTechnology May 20 @ 9:01 PM EDT
    Jun Kim, Dir. of Tech. Moore #oklaed
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:01 PM EDT
    Jennifer Seitsinger, Kindergarten, Moore #OklaEd
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:01 PM EDT
    Stephanie Hinton, early childhood coordinator at #OKCPS #oklaed
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:01 PM EDT
    Steph Hime #cpsreds Curriculum/GT/EL #oklaed
  • jasonbengs May 20 @ 9:01 PM EDT
    Jason #cpsreds director of tech #oklaed
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:01 PM EDT
    Shari Gateley, 11th Grade ELA, Putnam City West HS - joining after an exhausting week of senior activities followed by graduation today - we will see how long I last 😴😴 #OklaEd
  • KristinAtchley May 20 @ 9:01 PM EDT
    You are so kind. We did what anyone would do. Protect kids. #oklaed
    In reply to @MrsHime
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:02 PM EDT
    Bow tie extraordinaire! #oklaed
    In reply to @jasonbengs
  • coach57 May 20 @ 9:02 PM EDT
    Kevin Hime Superintendent #cpsreds #OklaEd
  • KristinAtchley May 20 @ 9:02 PM EDT
    K. Atchley, SDE Counseling... been a long day #Oklaed
  • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:02 PM EDT
    Chong Lor, Northeastern State University, English Teacher! ELA: OK! #oklaed
  • jlreed2011 May 20 @ 9:02 PM EDT
    Jack Reed, Principal of Emerson North High School in @OKCPS #oklaed
  • vperezy May 20 @ 9:02 PM EDT
    Vanessa Perez, Clinton PS, Tech Integration & Library Media Specialist, #cpsreds #oklaed
  • ejbband21 May 20 @ 9:02 PM EDT
    Eric Justin Bates Band/Choir/Humanities Oklahoma Union Schools #oklaed
  • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:02 PM EDT
    Vicki Donley...Clinton Middle School ELA...Clinton, OK... #oklaed
    • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:00 PM EDT
      Welcome to the #oklaed chat! Let's begin with introductions: Please share your name, district, & current position
  • CPS_SPED May 20 @ 9:03 PM EDT
    Janelle Shepherd, Director of Special Education, Clinton #oklaed
  • JanalynTaylor May 20 @ 9:03 PM EDT
    #oklaed Janalyn Taylor, #cpsreds principal
  • ProfeSteiner May 20 @ 9:03 PM EDT
    Krista Steiner, Spanish Educator. Clinton Public Schools #cpsreds checking in for #oklaed
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:03 PM EDT
    Remember to use the #oklaed hashtag, I don’t want anyone to miss the amazing things you share!
    In reply to @FunstonWM
  • thnorfar May 20 @ 9:04 PM EDT
    Telannia Norfar with @OKCPS as a Math T. Going to be in and out tonight. lots of grading before finals week. #oklaed
  • GauntTonya May 20 @ 9:04 PM EDT
    Good evening #Oklaed Tonya Gaunt, Clinton Public Schools, Technology Integration.
  • jefferson_first May 20 @ 9:04 PM EDT
    Tasha Jefferson, 1st grade for #cpsreds #oklaed
  • angmlittle May 20 @ 9:04 PM EDT
    Angela Clark Little | @EdmondSchools parent | Business Analyst | co-founder of https://t.co/AqmRkgxF67… | #oklaed advocate | Primary Voter on June 26th!
  • ebarnes73 May 20 @ 9:04 PM EDT
    Erin Barnes, teacher w/ @EpicCharter #oklaed
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:05 PM EDT
    Q1 is up! #oklaed
  • WmStubbs May 20 @ 9:05 PM EDT
    Wm. Stubbs, OKCPS, ILD...#oklaed
    • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:00 PM EDT
      Welcome to the #oklaed chat! Let's begin with introductions: Please share your name, district, & current position
  • OB1_Knabe May 20 @ 9:06 PM EDT
    Melissa Knabe, Secondary Curriculum Director for #cpsreds #oklaed
  • beauchamp_adam May 20 @ 9:06 PM EDT
    Adam Beauchamp. #cpsreds - Clinton OK Public Schools. Assistant Superintendent. #oklaed
  • coach57 May 20 @ 9:06 PM EDT
    #cpsreds 25% EL #OklaEd
  • AnibalPachecoIT May 20 @ 9:06 PM EDT
    Buenas Noches! Anibal Pacheco, Nashville, Tennessee #oklaed
  • ebarnes73 May 20 @ 9:07 PM EDT
    A1: Yikes, I think around 18% EL #oklaed
  • angmlittle May 20 @ 9:07 PM EDT
    Don’t forget to spread the word! #oklaed
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:07 PM EDT
    A1 Well...I’m not sure. @MPSTechnology do you know? #OklaEd
  • vperezy May 20 @ 9:07 PM EDT
    Supe quick with the info, I was still looking it up. #oklaed
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:07 PM EDT
    A1 - Classified ELL’s somewhere between 10-15%, but second language learners probably closer to 45%. #OklaEd
  • djthoreson May 20 @ 9:07 PM EDT
    A1: I'm not sure of the actual numbers, but we have majority white, a high percentage of Native American students, a few African American students, and I think 2 EL students. #oklaed
  • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:07 PM EDT
    A1: In my district, less than 1% of my students are ELL. #oklaed
  • vperezy May 20 @ 9:07 PM EDT
    Bienvenidos a #OklaEd
    In reply to @AnibalPachecoIT
  • thnorfar May 20 @ 9:07 PM EDT
    Ohh, Lord. A1 I don't know our district numbers. I will let @WmStubbs state that one. I know at NWC it is about 40% #oklaed
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:07 PM EDT
    Welcome to #oklaed
    In reply to @AnibalPachecoIT
  • thnorfar May 20 @ 9:08 PM EDT
    Absolutely!!! #oklaed
  • Stv_Gilliland May 20 @ 9:08 PM EDT
    A1: Good question, not exactly sure. #oklaed
  • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:08 PM EDT
    A1) Minority enrollment is 61% with Hispanic being the majority. #oklaed
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:08 PM EDT
    Cindy Johnson moving from Union High School, Tulsa to Collinsville High School. Currently teaching Trig/Alg 3 and ELL Geometry will be teaching AP Calc and Geometry #OklaEd
  • Dale_Chu May 20 @ 9:09 PM EDT
    HAPPENING NOW: @MrsHime leading a chat on English Language Learners. Follow along at #oklaed!
  • djthoreson May 20 @ 9:09 PM EDT
    Absolutely!! Don't sign SQ 799!! #oklaed
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:09 PM EDT
    A1b- My numbers were for my school - not sure district numbers, but know that we are the highest percentage in our district as far as high schools go. #OklaEd
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:09 PM EDT
    A1b I usually have 2-3 in my class that are identified ELL...but kindergarten students don’t receive ELL services. #OklaEd
  • jlreed2011 May 20 @ 9:09 PM EDT
    A1) Districtwide it is over 51% Hispanic. Some schools have higher averages than others. #oklaed
  • thnorfar May 20 @ 9:09 PM EDT
    Interestingly enough that doesn't mean they are ELL. #oklaed
    In reply to @DonleyVicki
  • KristinAtchley May 20 @ 9:09 PM EDT
    Good question. This is something we should probably know, if you’re in a district. #Oklaed
  • FunstonWM May 20 @ 9:09 PM EDT
    #oklaed reading initial data on ELL/ESL #s. They seem low. Is this due to misidentification and/or other issues?
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:10 PM EDT
    Q2 is all about "Newcomers" #oklaed
  • thnorfar May 20 @ 9:10 PM EDT
    What district are you in? #oklaed
    In reply to @chong2087
  • MPSTechnology May 20 @ 9:10 PM EDT
    Not sure of the percentage anymore. We have about 8 teachers serving 25 elementary and about 6 serving secondary based on population. #oklaed
    In reply to @room20awesome
  • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:10 PM EDT
    This is for the high school, I believe. #oklaed
  • AnibalPachecoIT May 20 @ 9:10 PM EDT
    A1: Clarksville-Montgomery County School (CMCSS) System; 34,877+ enrolled, 3% ELL, 12.53% Hispanic #oklaed
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:10 PM EDT
    This...it’s important to keep this in mind. #oklaed
    • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:07 PM EDT
      A1 - Classified ELL’s somewhere between 10-15%, but second language learners probably closer to 45%. #OklaEd
  • ejbband21 May 20 @ 9:11 PM EDT
    A1) The number is pretty low for us, however if a certain food company moves in near us, I’ve been told that could change. #oklaed
  • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:11 PM EDT
    A2: We've had one this semester, and he was placed with the Spanish teacher along with Spanish speaking peers. #oklaed
  • thnorfar May 20 @ 9:11 PM EDT
    We have over 40 languages spoken at NWC. Being Hispanic doesn't mean you speak a second language. I have several minority Ss who have only spoken English. #oklaed
    In reply to @jlreed2011
  • vperezy May 20 @ 9:11 PM EDT
    Irony? #OklaEd
  • ejbband21 May 20 @ 9:12 PM EDT
    A2) Virtually none. #Oklaed
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:12 PM EDT
    A1) #okcps has a document with all of the district demographic information - I added the link. 13,010 of our students are ELs #oklaed
  • coach57 May 20 @ 9:12 PM EDT
    Newcomers to #cpsreds closer to 1 %. Newcomers should be pulled out and offered services including “imagine learning”,and or “footsteps to brilliance” #oklaed
  • sulphurmiddle May 20 @ 9:13 PM EDT
    A1. Sulphur is likely around 5-10% EL. That is a guess for district. Just going with SMS stats. #Oklaed
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:13 PM EDT
    #oklaed Q2: Newcomers are in desperate classes for quite a while until they are moved to sheltered classes then are closely monitored until they are ready for regular classes. When in regular classes they continued to be monitored consistently.
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:14 PM EDT
    So many teachers have no idea who is EL, state and federal guidelines are changing rapidly to ensure identification and services are in place for ELs #oklaed
    In reply to @FunstonWM
  • MaestraBarron May 20 @ 9:14 PM EDT
    Marilou, 5th Science, Clinton late to the chat! Joining in from Tx tonight! #oklaed
  • WmStubbs May 20 @ 9:14 PM EDT
    A1: I don’t have the exact numbers in front of me but it is rather large, given our newcomer program and partnership with agencies like Catholic Charities and Sister Cities, etc. #Oklaed
  • AnibalPachecoIT May 20 @ 9:14 PM EDT
    A2 Not sure how many newcomers but it is interesting to learn how different districts address the needs of their diverse student populations and especially Hispanic learners. #oklaed
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:14 PM EDT
    A2 - Probably around 5% newcomers (again just my school) & I don’t believe we have a set newcomer program other than just beginning with blocks of ESL instruction. All depends on what they come to us with. #OklaEd
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:15 PM EDT
  • jlreed2011 May 20 @ 9:15 PM EDT
    You are very correct and that was my fault for not reading the question completely nor answering it correctly. #oklaed
    In reply to @thnorfar
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:15 PM EDT
    A2 Not sure of the percentage...I had a first grader last year who was new to USA and spoke Farsi. She received frequent individualized tutoring, and resources for practice at home. #OklaEd
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:16 PM EDT
    What district are you in? #oklaed
    In reply to @chong2087
  • jefferson_first May 20 @ 9:16 PM EDT
    A2 at our school site, I believe we have 1 newcomer in 1st grade, our EL Ss are pulled out for services (we use Footsteps to Brilliance) #oklaed
  • coach57 May 20 @ 9:16 PM EDT
    Sped and EL’s should receive same primary instructional time as any or all students #oklaed
  • ebarnes73 May 20 @ 9:16 PM EDT
    A3: Every kid gets an ILP for the year. If SPED, ELL, GenED - whatevs. But we are obviously not the typical. #oklaed
  • ejbband21 May 20 @ 9:17 PM EDT
    A3) Honestly, most are probably in the elementary and I’m not sure how it is handled. It is probably good for us to be thinking about if that plant goes in near us. #oklaed
  • WendyPratt234 May 20 @ 9:17 PM EDT
    Wendy Prat, CIO, @AlphaPlusEdu Sorry I’m late to the party! #Oklaed
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:17 PM EDT
    A3) it depends on the school, of course they are served in the classroom but the push in/pull out depends on the schools resources. #oklaed
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:17 PM EDT
    A3: Our students are moved out of sheltered classes as quickly as we believe they are ready to be successful. #oklaed
  • jefferson_first May 20 @ 9:17 PM EDT
    A3 Ss are services in the classroom and pullout. Pullout can be twice a week or daily, depending on need #oklaed
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:17 PM EDT
    A3- HS is different for EL’s because they still have to live within the credit requirement for graduation. I know they have blocked ESL classes & begin mainstream classes w/electives. We have sheltered instruction in ELA and Math. #OklaEd
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:17 PM EDT
    A3) we have several dual language programs, those are some of my favorite classes to visit #oklaed
  • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:18 PM EDT
    A3: They get full immersion as much as possible. If more assistance is needed, the Special Education and the Counselor get involved to determine the best course of action. So far, out ELL has been doing very well. #oklaed
  • thnorfar May 20 @ 9:18 PM EDT
    No problem. So many people are new to ELL. Don’t want to misinform them. #oklaed
    In reply to @jlreed2011
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:18 PM EDT
    With time alotted for conversational vocabulary to be able to get around the campus #oklaed
    • coach57 May 20 @ 9:12 PM EDT
      Newcomers to #cpsreds closer to 1 %. Newcomers should be pulled out and offered services including “imagine learning”,and or “footsteps to brilliance” #oklaed
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:18 PM EDT
    A3 Our ELL kiddos are served in a pullout setting. #OklaEd
  • sulphurmiddle May 20 @ 9:19 PM EDT
    A3 EL students attend regular classes and are offered the same tutoring schedule as others. We have an interpreter employed at the school that will come and help when requested. #oklaed
  • thnorfar May 20 @ 9:19 PM EDT
    Ahh. Thanks for sharing. Is it just not in all buildings or do you really have no students who speak a second language?? #oklaed
    In reply to @chong2087
  • jasonbengs May 20 @ 9:19 PM EDT
    A3 It worries me to see some of the districts that promote segregation in the name of "doing what is best" for the Ss. #oklaed
  • GauntTonya May 20 @ 9:19 PM EDT
    A3: We have a pullout program with our elementary ELs. There is a specific EL Assistant who works with these students. #oklaed
    In reply to @MrsHime
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:20 PM EDT
    Here comes Q4 #oklaed
  • thnorfar May 20 @ 9:20 PM EDT
    Yes, we do 😍. Love that I teach at a school with many different languages. #Oklaed
    In reply to @MrsHime, @WmStubbs
  • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:20 PM EDT
    A3) At the middle school our ELs are mainstreamed, but we have an EL instructor. #oklaed
  • coach57 May 20 @ 9:20 PM EDT
    Interesting the overall lack of knowledge #OklaEd has concerning local EL students. #
  • KristinAtchley May 20 @ 9:21 PM EDT
    Thank you @joy4ok for sending your kind words to the anniversary ceremony. They were so perfect. #Oklaed
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:22 PM EDT
    A4 - The hardest thing is understanding WIDA levels and truly knowing where each EL is in terms of comprehension. Not all EL’s are the same. A S w/no educational background is VERY different than a S w/a large educational background in their native lang. #OklaEd
  • ebarnes73 May 20 @ 9:22 PM EDT
    No, I totally agree. @TeachFromHere and I were talking about the number of PD sessions out Ts need based on last couple weeks of #Oklaed Chats
    In reply to @coach57, @TeachFromHere
  • ProfeSteiner May 20 @ 9:22 PM EDT
    A4) Communication for starters. There are a lot of EL students who are extremely intelligent but they are simply out of their comfort zone therefore shut down. A good sense of patience and understanding must be established. #oklaed
  • OB1_Knabe May 20 @ 9:22 PM EDT
    A3: Newcomers are serviced with a blend of pushin supports in the primary classroom(s) and pull out for direct language acquisition instruction with EL assistants. #oklaed
  • vperezy May 20 @ 9:22 PM EDT
    A4 Lack of confidence. I don't what to screw up. #OklaEd
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:22 PM EDT
    A4) Students have difficulty wording their questions to mean what they are really trying to ask. #OklaEd
  • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:24 PM EDT
    A4) Sometimes I feel like I can’t give enough one-on-one time. #oklaed
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:24 PM EDT
    A4 In K I have students who struggled to benchmark in reading...but STAR is stacked against ELL. They went to Title one tutoring, but what they really needed was ELL. My goal next year...small group for kinder ELL #OklaEd
  • sulphurmiddle May 20 @ 9:24 PM EDT
    A4. The biggest challenge seems to be parent communication. Luckily most of our kids have a grasp of English and can help with communication. #oklaed
  • MaestraBarron May 20 @ 9:24 PM EDT
    A4: Being prepared for teaching ELs in the classroom. If you TRY Ss appreciate it! #oklaed
  • mrsmcreading May 20 @ 9:24 PM EDT
    A4) EL or not, they're still a student. There's still a million layers to peel back to make connections and relay the concepts. But sometimes with an EL kid, I don't even know where to start. A lot of pressure to make their learning count for even more. #oklaed
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:25 PM EDT
    Q5 is here! #oklaed
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:25 PM EDT
    A4) Through working w/Ts and supporting them, I think a lot of the challenges come from communication, confidence, and opportunities for training/PD. OKCPS has an amazing Language and Culture department that works to support the Ts #oklaed
  • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:25 PM EDT
    A4: The language barrier affects the learning process tremendously. They seem to know the content, but they are not proficient enough in English to demonstrate it. #oklaed
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:25 PM EDT
    No joke!!! I need to be more informed..and equipped with best practice in working with ELL students. #OklaEd
    In reply to @coach57
  • ejbband21 May 20 @ 9:25 PM EDT
    A4) I currently don’t but I can imagine it will depend on the Ss level of English and how much of my Spanish I can remember. If it does happen for me, I know I’ll be hitting up some colleagues in areas that have experience in teaching EL’s. #oklaed
  • jasonbengs May 20 @ 9:25 PM EDT
    A4 One struggle that #cpsreds Ts have had in recent years is the number of Ss that have Spanish as their 2nd language and their native tongue has no written language #oklaed
  • ProfeSteiner May 20 @ 9:26 PM EDT
    Language Acquisition is Key! The EL students will NEVER acquire a language if they are not subjected to it, they need to be in the classroom. A 2 year old did not receive a grammar lesson to learn English as their first language. #oklaed
    • OB1_Knabe May 20 @ 9:22 PM EDT
      A3: Newcomers are serviced with a blend of pushin supports in the primary classroom(s) and pull out for direct language acquisition instruction with EL assistants. #oklaed
  • jefferson_first May 20 @ 9:27 PM EDT
    A4 being patient enough. Allow Ss to feel confident w/o pressure from me #OklaEd
  • AnibalPachecoIT May 20 @ 9:27 PM EDT
    A4 Reading through these answers bring memories of my time as an ELL student at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas 30 years ago. Thanks for being patient and caring with your learners. #oklaed
  • beauchamp_adam May 20 @ 9:27 PM EDT
    A4: Challenges for EL students are fortunately improved with several of same best practices that work for other students not being successful. #oklaed
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:28 PM EDT
    A4) another issue is talking the time to understand what they are saying. I could see how many would think they were discipline issue but they have to learn proper diction before getting in trouble for bad words. Oh the stories I have....#OklaEd
  • coach57 May 20 @ 9:28 PM EDT
    How many #oklaed Ts considers EL students when making plans
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:28 PM EDT
    A5 - Scaffolding is HUGE with EL’s. If you don’t simplify at the beginning, you won’t ever get to that higher level thinking. I have EL’s in AP Lang - we start VERY basic and work our way up. It takes time, but we get there. #OklaEd
  • MaestraBarron May 20 @ 9:28 PM EDT
    A5: Translate Q and allow Ss to answer in their native language. #oklaed
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:29 PM EDT
    A5) being purposeful with lesson planning, using wait time, allowing Ss to preview questions before hand, scaffolding #oklaed
  • ebarnes73 May 20 @ 9:29 PM EDT
    A4: Am I doing this right? Am I reaching them? But I say that about all kids at one point or another. #oklaed
  • MaestraBarron May 20 @ 9:29 PM EDT
    I do! #oklaed
    In reply to @coach57
  • sulphurmiddle May 20 @ 9:29 PM EDT
    My wife always has an EL student write the days instructions and objective on the board early in the year to help other students gain empathy and to allow the EL students a chance at comfort within her class. Breaks the ice for everyone. #oklaed
  • thnorfar May 20 @ 9:29 PM EDT
    Ahh! Got you. #Oklaed
    In reply to @chong2087
  • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:29 PM EDT
    A5) Elaborating in answers...The elaboration is sometimes just a phrase, but it’s their elaboration. #oklaed
  • ProfeSteiner May 20 @ 9:29 PM EDT
    It is actually important that their native tongue receive the ability and option to develop as well in order to help with the second language acquisition. #oklaed
    • jasonbengs May 20 @ 9:25 PM EDT
      A4 One struggle that #cpsreds Ts have had in recent years is the number of Ss that have Spanish as their 2nd language and their native tongue has no written language #oklaed
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:30 PM EDT
    Q6 is up!#oklaed
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:30 PM EDT
    A5 Provide explanation of vocabulary, visual clues, concrete experience...time to think and respond...but it’s K all my kiddos need these accommodations. #OklaEd
  • ebarnes73 May 20 @ 9:31 PM EDT
    A5: I confess, I do NOT think about ELs when lesson planning. I think about ALL Ls and then tweak for other needs. #oklaed
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:31 PM EDT
    A6) learning basic words in their home language, visual cues, body language, vocabulary, opportunities to communicate/share/practice language #oklaed
  • coach57 May 20 @ 9:31 PM EDT
    Most when adjusting lessons for SPED or EL STUDENTS THE adjustments or modifications are good for all students #OklaEd
  • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:31 PM EDT
    A5: Scaffolding along with the gradual release of responsibility is needed to help them activate their higher order thinking skills. This means that teacher actually have to do more than what they may be accustomed to, but it's worth it! #oklaed
  • JanalynTaylor May 20 @ 9:31 PM EDT
    #oklaed A4 Sometimes we assume when students start to speak more fluently that they comprehend everything.
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:32 PM EDT
    A5) It is a daily struggle!! #OklaEd
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:32 PM EDT
    A6 - B/c of the level I teach, I use a lot of grammar translation strategies (see method if you don’t know what I mean) b/c it makes sense for teaching 11th grade ELA. I’m able to use the Ss native lang to help teach grammar/syntax. #OklaEd
  • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:32 PM EDT
    A6) I’ve used pairing for years; in the past I’ve had a SIOP classroom; encouragement; smiles😁 #oklaed
  • AnibalPachecoIT May 20 @ 9:32 PM EDT
    A5 I can still hear Mrs. Rivera (my first English teacher) in the back of my head as it was yesterday. Telling me... "To learn English, you have to think in English" Wise words that ring true to this day. #oklaed
  • bridgestyler May 20 @ 9:32 PM EDT
    Here sooooo late. Helping neighbors move furniture as their daughter moves on from college! @MrsHime is crushing it no doubt! #oklaed
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:33 PM EDT
    A6 Allow another student to partner and translate, visual clues, individualized explanations. #OklaEd
  • beauchamp_adam May 20 @ 9:33 PM EDT
    A6: See most all SpEd modifications you have utilized for students not mastering the task/skill/objective/learning target...good remediation is good remediation. #oklaed
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:34 PM EDT
    A6: Repeat, repeat, repeat. Did I say that I repeat myself? Also, listening to and restating their questions using appropriate sentence structure helps a lot!! #OklaEd
  • MPSTechnology May 20 @ 9:34 PM EDT
    A6: As we move to student devices, @msonenote has an #immersivereader that will help Ts and Ss. Has multiple languages to download and read text to incorporate the lessons or converse. #oklaed @microsoftedu
  • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:34 PM EDT
    A6: I had to show an EL student what a glossary was in the back of the book. She had no idea glossaries even existed or what they were used for..so I guess this helped. A lot of times, just let them know that you are there to assist them in any way. #oklaed
  • ProfeSteiner May 20 @ 9:34 PM EDT
    A6: Slow down and use other forms of communication, not JUST verbal. Touch the word or explanation, Write it again as you say it, act it out, etc. There are many ways to communicate besides spoken words. #oklaed
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:35 PM EDT
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:35 PM EDT
    #oklaed we have two amazing resources at the #oksde for all questions or assistance with EL, Dan Ruhl and Elizabeth Warren , they will also be at Engage this summer @joy4ok
  • coach57 May 20 @ 9:35 PM EDT
    Do successful EL strategies work with SPED #oklaed
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:35 PM EDT
    A6b - The most important “strategy” is embracing their uniqueness and culture, helping them value the AMAZING talent/ability it is to be bilingual, and being patient. Let them know you are a team. #OklaEd
  • mrjoshflores May 20 @ 9:35 PM EDT
    A6: I haven't used it, but a teacher I met in my travels told me she used joke books with EL students because it allowed her to start conversations about pop culture and increase comprehension if they explained the logic of the joke. Seemed legit. #oklaed
  • jefferson_first May 20 @ 9:36 PM EDT
    A6 partner work, having resources in the classroom that are in their native language, allow them to discuss experiences, and I allow them to teach me. 🤷🏾‍♀️ #OklaEd
  • OB1_Knabe May 20 @ 9:36 PM EDT
    A6: Scaffold vocabulary, break the assignment into smaller parts, and ask for help when I need it. I don’t speak Mandarin or Salishan, but I’ve taught Ss who do. We’ve found ways to communicate with each other with limited common vocabulary. Patience & time are necessary. #oklaed
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:36 PM EDT
    A7 I have no idea...😳 #OklaEd
  • JanalynTaylor May 20 @ 9:36 PM EDT
    #oklaed A6 In early childhood classrooms, many language experience strategies are beneficial. New vocabulary connected to activities, literature, and play.
  • mrsmcreading May 20 @ 9:36 PM EDT
    A7) We piloted @membean this year for all 7th grade students. It's a vocabulary program and was amazing! We can't afford to buy it for everyone next year, but definitely a consideration for our EL's. #oklaed
  • GauntTonya May 20 @ 9:37 PM EDT
    A6: We use Footsteps 2 Brilliance in our early elementary schools. It is full of language development for all our early learners, and especially our English Learners. #oklaed
  • MaestraBarron May 20 @ 9:38 PM EDT
    A6: @Seesaw is my favorite to use for my EL Ss. #oklaed
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:38 PM EDT
    A6) I talk a LOT in my EL class.nd it isn't about the math that I am teaching. The more the students hear English, the more it becomes familiar enough for them to use it. #oklaed
  • jefferson_first May 20 @ 9:38 PM EDT
    A7 Footsteps to Brilliance, Imagine Learning #OklaEd
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:39 PM EDT
    A7) our district has a language and cultural department that supports and provides PD to Ts, they also have an AWESOME resource page #oklaed
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:40 PM EDT
  • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:40 PM EDT
    A7: None yet, but it's a work in progress. #oklaed
  • MaestraBarron May 20 @ 9:40 PM EDT
    A7: Footsteps to Brilliance, Imagine Learning. #oklaed
  • vperezy May 20 @ 9:40 PM EDT
    A8 Perspective! Experience! A different way of thinking! #EvenMoreFormsofPunctuation #OklaEd
  • GauntTonya May 20 @ 9:40 PM EDT
    A7: In our elementary schools, we use Footsteps 2 Brilliance and Imagine Learning. Both programs are excellent for our ELs. #oklaed
  • KristinAtchley May 20 @ 9:40 PM EDT
    Can’t wait for Engage! I’ll have 4 sessions on career advising, school improvement, trauma, and ICAP which will include the importance of all Ss including EL! #oklaed
    • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:35 PM EDT
      #oklaed we have two amazing resources at the #oksde for all questions or assistance with EL, Dan Ruhl and Elizabeth Warren , they will also be at Engage this summer @joy4ok
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:41 PM EDT
    A7- Again, not sure as a district, but in my HS we have: 1- special ELL graduation coach 2- multiple bilingual TA’s 3- resources for SIOP training for Ts 4- library full of high interest novels in multiple languages 5- sheltered classes w/trained Ts I’m sure there’s more #OklaEd
  • FunstonWM May 20 @ 9:41 PM EDT
    diversity, background/prior knowledge, another perspective #oklaed
  • ProfeSteiner May 20 @ 9:42 PM EDT
    A8: Cultural diversity! Love it! #oklaed It means so much more to hear it about places and experiences first hand.
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:42 PM EDT
    A7) our district uses Ellevation. It assists with monitoring but also gives recommendations based on students assessment scores. There are lots of classroom activities and strategies available in it, too. #oklaed
  • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:42 PM EDT
    8) Respect; perseverance; stories; determination. #oklaed
  • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:42 PM EDT
    A8: Their rich language and culture! I love both! #oklaed
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:43 PM EDT
    A8) Experiences, a different perspective #oklaed
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:44 PM EDT
    A8 - Diversity, new perspectives, grace and patience with me because I’m not always the best at meeting their needs. #OklaEd
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:44 PM EDT
    #cpsreds use Eduskills @TaylorTribble4 for ELAPs, data, etc. #oklaed
  • MPSTechnology May 20 @ 9:44 PM EDT
    @room20awesome check this how this teacher is using #onenote bring culture into the classroom. #oklaed
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:45 PM EDT
  • MaestraBarron May 20 @ 9:45 PM EDT
    A8: El quiere aprender! #oklaed
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:45 PM EDT
    A8) I have learned some Spanish, but more importantly THEY have enjoyed trying to teach me. They have a closer community and dependency on others in the classroom than the non-ELs. #oklaed
  • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:45 PM EDT
    Another asset is that I have to be a better teacher for teaching them. I have to learn and change to better serve them. #oklaed
  • JanalynTaylor May 20 @ 9:46 PM EDT
    #oklaed A8 An opportunity for us to challenge how we teach to meet student learning. Diversity, and the opportunity to embrace differences. Chance to involve new families.
  • KristinAtchley May 20 @ 9:47 PM EDT
    A8: they usually bring stories we can’t comprehend. They are usually so fun to learn about and bring unique perspective! #OklaEd
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:47 PM EDT
    A9- We have struggled w/parent involvement. We are working towards creating multicultural events and celebrations to bring more families in. #OklaEd
  • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:47 PM EDT
    A9: We send invitations to all families about school events going on. It gives us a chance to meet them and embrace their culture. #oklaed
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:48 PM EDT
    I misspoke...not once per week...2-3 times per week. (I was talking and tweeting!) #OklaEd
    In reply to @MrsHime
  • GauntTonya May 20 @ 9:48 PM EDT
    A9: One of our Family Nights involves teaming up with SWOSU Pre-service Ts. The Pre-service Ts bring books to read to the students and then the families get to a book home. #Oklaed
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:48 PM EDT
    A8) Several share stories about places and situations that are difficult to even imagine. #oklaed
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:49 PM EDT
    A9) all district communication is in Spanish and English, however, that is not the only language represented in our district so OKCPS has many translation services available to engage parents. OKCPS also does Super Saturdays to engage families and provide resources #oklaed
  • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:49 PM EDT
    A9) Parent / Teacher conferences; phone calls; notes; letters sent home in Spanish and English; texts; letting them know they matter by using parts of their culture in different areas. #oklaed
  • MrsBeck25 - Moderator May 20 @ 9:49 PM EDT
    Sad I missed this great convo tonight! Loved my train ride to Fort Worth but signal was awful!!! #oklaed
  • FunstonWM May 20 @ 9:49 PM EDT
    home language surveys, p/t conferences, cultural nights, award assemblies...hiring as paraprofessionals. #oklaed
  • jefferson_first May 20 @ 9:49 PM EDT
    A8 diversity, experiences, hard-work, culture, language, THEMSELVES #OklaEd
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:50 PM EDT
  • KristinAtchley May 20 @ 9:50 PM EDT
    This is so true. They’ve lived a life we couldn’t imagine. Newcomers especially. #oklaed
    In reply to @ShariGateley
  • MaestraBarron May 20 @ 9:50 PM EDT
    A9: Family nights, newsletters translated, texts, I don't believe we leave anything out. #oklaed
  • KristinAtchley May 20 @ 9:50 PM EDT
    P.S. we replied to each other at the same time on different threads! 🤣 #oklaed
    In reply to @ShariGateley
  • JanalynTaylor May 20 @ 9:51 PM EDT
    #oklaed A9 Staff being able to greet and engage families with a smile and translation app if needed. Translated notes. Welcoming attitude. Parent nights.
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:51 PM EDT
    A9) The district pays for a translating service so that phone calls to parents can be translated into a wide variety of languages. #oklaed
  • jefferson_first May 20 @ 9:52 PM EDT
    A9 Seesaw- offers translation (my favorite), newsletters, family nights #OklaEd
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:52 PM EDT
    Q10: What is one aspect about teaching ELs that you wish you knew more about? #oklaed
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:52 PM EDT
    Love this! As a TitleOne school we do many things to reach families...but providing a night for ELL families could be very effective! #OklaEd
    • GauntTonya May 20 @ 9:48 PM EDT
      A9: One of our Family Nights involves teaming up with SWOSU Pre-service Ts. The Pre-service Ts bring books to read to the students and then the families get to a book home. #Oklaed
  • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:53 PM EDT
    Brag on their children at ballgames, band concerts, and other activities. #oklaed
    • DonleyVicki May 20 @ 9:49 PM EDT
      A9) Parent / Teacher conferences; phone calls; notes; letters sent home in Spanish and English; texts; letting them know they matter by using parts of their culture in different areas. #oklaed
  • WendyPratt234 May 20 @ 9:53 PM EDT
    It interests me that many districts have different prominent languages; not always Spanish. Ask Enid PS for example: Marshallese. #oklaed
    In reply to @thestephhinton
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:54 PM EDT
    A10 Hmm...just one thing?? Maybe ideas for engaging parents. #OklaEd
  • FunstonWM May 20 @ 9:54 PM EDT
    what does federal & state funding look like for them? How are districts utilizing these monies? What's an effective ELL program look like? #oklaed
    • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:52 PM EDT
      Q10: What is one aspect about teaching ELs that you wish you knew more about? #oklaed
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:54 PM EDT
    A10 - Honestly, I wish I was bilingual. I will always research and study best practices, but I truly wish I was able to fully grasp their native language. #OklaEd
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:55 PM EDT
    Last one! Q11 #oklaed
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:55 PM EDT
    A10) I wish I knew so much more than I do but I'm learning! #oklaed
  • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:56 PM EDT
    Q11 - Grad school for TESOL lol 🤷🏼‍♀️ #OklaEd
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:56 PM EDT
    There are over 40 languages represented in OKCPS #oklaed
    In reply to @WendyPratt234
  • KristinAtchley May 20 @ 9:56 PM EDT
    Because you care. #oklaed
    • ShariGateley May 20 @ 9:54 PM EDT
      A10 - Honestly, I wish I was bilingual. I will always research and study best practices, but I truly wish I was able to fully grasp their native language. #OklaEd
  • AnibalPachecoIT May 20 @ 9:56 PM EDT
    I enjoyed the lively discussion and the sharing of knowledge. Thanks to @MrsHime for moderating tonight and all of you who inspire, nurture, and motivate your EL students as they grow to appreciate the blessing it is to be bilingual. Buenas Noches! #oklaed
  • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:56 PM EDT
    A11:) I have not been to any EL PD, but I am all ears! #oklaed
  • thestephhinton May 20 @ 9:57 PM EDT
    A11) @MrsHime I'm working on some episodes for my podcast on this topic, would love to have you on an episode. Let me know! #oklaed
  • KristinAtchley May 20 @ 9:58 PM EDT
    Again, another awesome T finding ways to connect. #oklaed
    In reply to @thestephhinton
  • room20awesome May 20 @ 9:58 PM EDT
    Same... #OklaEd
    • chong2087 May 20 @ 9:56 PM EDT
      A11:) I have not been to any EL PD, but I am all ears! #oklaed
  • ProfeSteiner May 20 @ 9:58 PM EDT
    A11: Look beyond just EL.... Second Language Acquisition is the same concept, it just involves all languages. The OFLTA (Oklahoma Foreign Language Teachers Association) and @actfl have GREAT resources and PD #oklaed
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 9:58 PM EDT
    Thanks for joining! #oklaed
    In reply to @AnibalPachecoIT
  • FunstonWM May 20 @ 9:58 PM EDT
    #oklaed
    • FunstonWM May 20 @ 9:57 PM EDT
      I recommend approaching ELL and/or ESL learners w/ BICS & CALPS strategy. this approach is how people acquire languages.
  • Johnsonmath May 20 @ 9:59 PM EDT
    A10) I wish I had a better idea of how much information is too much to try. When I try too complex of ideas, they shut down SO QUICKLY! Sometimes they act as though it is overwhelming and impossible even though I KNOW they can do it. #oklaed
  • MrsHime May 20 @ 10:00 PM EDT
    Thanks for joining the chat tonight! #oklaed