#gcisdchat Archive

This chat is moderated by Grapevine-Colleyville ISD educators where we discuss current education trends and deepen our learning. 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 8:30 PM CST September to May @msbearce @SBarkerEDU

Thursday April 19, 2018
9:30 PM EDT

  • JackLeonardEdu Apr 19 @ 9:30 PM EDT
    Good evening & welcome to tonight's #gcisdchat! For the next hour, we'll be talking about supporting Second Language Learners.
  • JackLeonardEdu Apr 19 @ 9:30 PM EDT
    Introduce yourself & where/what you teach. Don’t forget to use #gcisdchat on all of your tweets to stay in the conversation.
  • JackLeonardEdu Apr 19 @ 9:31 PM EDT
    Hey there #gcisdchat! I'm Jack Leonard, an instructional coach moderating with Cynthia Rial Graham, a World Languages Instructional Coach! Tonight we would love to read your fabulous tweets about Language Learning and how we help our children acquire a second language!
  • pennie512 Apr 19 @ 9:32 PM EDT
    Hi, I'm Pennie Walters and I teach Spanish at Bridges :) #gcisdchat
  • artistacamille Apr 19 @ 9:32 PM EDT
    #gcisdchat Hello 👋 I am Camille M. Hernandez and I am the Cultural Artistic Leadership Academy mentor and teacher at TES.
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 9:33 PM EDT
  • CMSVisser Apr 19 @ 9:33 PM EDT
    Hi #gcisdchat friends. Bridget Visser, 7th grade ELA, Lit Achievement & Lang Acquisition teacher at CMS.
  • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 9:33 PM EDT
    Hi #gcisdchat! I’m the learning liaison at TES and former 4th/5th bilingual teacher!
  • CKenderAVID Apr 19 @ 9:33 PM EDT
    Hi! I’m Caitlin Kender, AVID District Liaison! #gcisdchat
  • JackLeonardEdu Apr 19 @ 9:33 PM EDT
    Questions will be asked with Q1, Q2 by @RialGraham with images. Answer w/ A1, A2. #gcisdchat
  • amyleitner06 Apr 19 @ 9:33 PM EDT
    Hey friends, Amy Leitner, Instructional Technology Coach #gcisdchat
  • SeligEmma Apr 19 @ 9:35 PM EDT
    Hi! Emma Selig, Assistant Principal at Silver Lake Elementary #gcisdchat
  • CMSVisser Apr 19 @ 9:36 PM EDT
    A1: By connecting with them from the beginning by smiling, asking how the day is going, and providing safety in day to day things. #gcisdchat
  • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 9:36 PM EDT
    A1 it’s so important that our Ss feel safe in our classrooms before they can begin taking risks ... which is what learning a second language is all about! #gcisdchat
  • JennaBrosette Apr 19 @ 9:37 PM EDT
    Jenna Brosette here, instructional coach in gcisd #gcisdchat
  • artistacamille Apr 19 @ 9:37 PM EDT
    #gcisdchat A1: I like to combine in small groups of two or sometimes four, intentionally having monolingual and bilingual students. They love to take the lead and be the teachers for their partners!
  • pennie512 Apr 19 @ 9:37 PM EDT
    A1 using eye contact, hand signals, slowing down speech and checking for understanding ... building a rapport #gcisdchat
  • JennaBrosette Apr 19 @ 9:37 PM EDT
    A1: love them! #gcisdchat
  • CKenderAVID Apr 19 @ 9:37 PM EDT
    A1: Like so many other things, it starts with relationships! Building relationships between the T and student along with relationships between students is so important for students to feel safe taking risks! #gcisdchat
  • GypsyMishoe - Moderator Apr 19 @ 9:38 PM EDT
    Hello! This is Gypsy- instructional coach for Advanced Academics #gcisdchat
  • CMSVisser Apr 19 @ 9:38 PM EDT
    A1: The safety can come by building a classroom culture of respect and love from all kids. The expectations that are set. The connecting to the heart first and foremost. #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 9:40 PM EDT
  • SeligEmma Apr 19 @ 9:40 PM EDT
    A1: providing a safe and caring environment. Acknowledging that the silent phase is normal and part of the process and not making them feel guilty for not trying. We have to reach them before we can teach them! #gcisdchat
  • GypsyMishoe - Moderator Apr 19 @ 9:42 PM EDT
    A1- Really get to know our kids & tap into this knowledge to make connections to content #gcisdchat
  • amyleitner06 Apr 19 @ 9:42 PM EDT
    Q2: I always reached out to anyone with knowledge of my student's primary language, especially to help me communicate with parents. Once it was the music teacher who played the song Frère Jacques for a new student who only spoke French. #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 9:42 PM EDT
    Hey guys! :) #gcisdchat
  • TexasWillie16 Apr 19 @ 9:43 PM EDT
  • artistacamille Apr 19 @ 9:43 PM EDT
    #gcisdchat A1: In here we can see a beautiful example of how we use Art, Foreign Language and Circle Up techniques as students feel more and more comfortable with each other in their primary and secondary language.
  • CMSVisser Apr 19 @ 9:43 PM EDT
    A2: I absolutely have relied on the coaches this year! @SraLioy has been incredibly helpful. Having @RialGraham come out has been great! @swilliamsedu and @JessicaHHeaton have supported so much! I feel the love from coaches!! #gcisdchat
  • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 9:44 PM EDT
    Our dual teachers plan together so when they switch off subjects every week they can help students make connections from one language to the other #gcisdchat
  • JennaBrosette Apr 19 @ 9:45 PM EDT
    A2 Use your running records, anecdotal notes, informal assessments, cornerstone tasks, conference documentation, etc. just as you would with your other students. Consider what supports you will use as you plan. #gcisdchat
  • amyleitner06 Apr 19 @ 9:45 PM EDT
    LOVE this idea! #gcisdchat
    • artistacamille Apr 19 @ 9:43 PM EDT
      #gcisdchat A1: In here we can see a beautiful example of how we use Art, Foreign Language and Circle Up techniques as students feel more and more comfortable with each other in their primary and secondary language.
  • JackLeonardEdu Apr 19 @ 9:45 PM EDT
    These people are definitely great resources! #gcisdchat
    In reply to @CMSVisser, @SraLioy, @RialGraham, @swilliamsedu, @JessicaHHeaton
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 9:47 PM EDT
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 9:47 PM EDT
    A1- I like to make my little feel comfortable by first connecting lessons that they are not understanding due to language, to their background. I get to know my students first and then try to make that connection first with something they will be familiar with #gcisdchat
  • GypsyMishoe - Moderator Apr 19 @ 9:48 PM EDT
    A2- The cognate lists & glossaries @RialGraham showed me are awesome! Multiple subjects and languages help Ts connect to ss prior knowledge #gcisdchat https://t.co/bTUcVNw8zj
  • CMSVisser Apr 19 @ 9:49 PM EDT
    A2: May seem less personal, but I use the ELPS and TELPAS descriptors to know what is expected at each stage of lang. development. It is definitely different in middle school to spot as quickly as they try not to stand out. #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 9:50 PM EDT
    That's a sure way to ensure you are meeting your students need! #gcisdchat
    • CMSVisser Apr 19 @ 9:49 PM EDT
      A2: May seem less personal, but I use the ELPS and TELPAS descriptors to know what is expected at each stage of lang. development. It is definitely different in middle school to spot as quickly as they try not to stand out. #gcisdchat
  • artistacamille Apr 19 @ 9:51 PM EDT
    #gcisdchat A3: Websites and best of all the support of my bilingual colleagues through PLC’s, professional development and monthly meetings. I still stay in touch with former colleagues which had been instrumental to my growth as a bilingual educator.
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 9:51 PM EDT
    A2- when I plan for my students I make sure I am using a lot of hand gestures to transmit the message. I also use as many props or realia as I can. # TESLeads #gcisdchat
  • SeligEmma Apr 19 @ 9:51 PM EDT
    A2: knowing their language proficiency level is key to plan instruction to move them forward. Love Seidletz resources #gcisdchat
  • pennie512 Apr 19 @ 9:51 PM EDT
    A3: My go to website for English and Spanish learners is https://t.co/EWE9QZV7n1 It's a great site for language learners; they can see multiple definitions, conjugations, etc. #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 9:52 PM EDT
    A2- as I stated earlier, it is very important for me to plan by activating their background knowledge, so I keep this in mind when planning, choosing books, or speaking to them.#TESLeads #gcisdchat
  • CMSVisser Apr 19 @ 9:53 PM EDT
    A3: Just recently @SraLioy introduced me to all of @Larryferlazzo stuff! He is a fantastic resource!!!!#gcisdchat
  • JennaBrosette Apr 19 @ 9:53 PM EDT
    A3 You, @RialGraham because you want the BEST for all students, including our ELLs. You connect us with the resources we need to meet our Ss needs!! #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 9:54 PM EDT
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 9:55 PM EDT
    #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 9:55 PM EDT
    A3: It is a bit hard for me to turn to technology for second language support when they are so young, and especially when I am their first second language experience. I would be using more digital read alouds while at stations with detailed illustrations. :) #TESleads.#gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 9:56 PM EDT
    You are right @Mrs_CoronaTES! And these are super easy to come up with! #gcisdchat
    • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 9:51 PM EDT
      A2- when I plan for my students I make sure I am using a lot of hand gestures to transmit the message. I also use as many props or realia as I can. # TESLeads #gcisdchat
  • JackLeonardEdu Apr 19 @ 9:56 PM EDT
    A4: Sentence frames! Also intentionally designing work that allows for reading, writing, speaking, and listening! #gcisdchat
  • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 9:57 PM EDT
    Sentence stems at various levels! Ss can choose which one they are ready to try! #gcisdchat #TESleads
  • TLGriffard Apr 19 @ 9:57 PM EDT
    A4 One of the best learning tools is a buddy! First graders seem to pick up so much from their peers. They enjoy building relationships and having something in common. #gcisdchat
  • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 9:58 PM EDT
    Super important to remember to develop the four language domains! And also know in which order students typically develop them in! #GCISDchat
    In reply to @JackLeonardEdu
  • JennaBrosette Apr 19 @ 9:58 PM EDT
    A4 use gestures, concrete objects, and rely on shared experiences to introduce new content. These strategies are effective for all Ss and once you try them for awhile they become part of your bones. #gcisdchat
  • amyleitner06 Apr 19 @ 9:58 PM EDT
    Q4: Partner and group work helps students have the chance to practice English with their peers, even when they're not comfortable speaking with the teacher or in front of the class. #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 9:58 PM EDT
    @Msflores928 Weekly communication among teachers is always needed at planning and for lesson design! #gcisdchat
    • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 9:44 PM EDT
      Our dual teachers plan together so when they switch off subjects every week they can help students make connections from one language to the other #gcisdchat
  • KariChristy Apr 19 @ 10:00 PM EDT
    A4: Yes! Sentence stems are very helpful for my students! The really help with their struggle to write or speak about content. #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:00 PM EDT
    A4: I like to pre teach vocabulary. I tend to make up songs for the smallest things. I then take the vocab to an anchor chart WITH a picture. Bright and Colorful is also key as well as enthusiasm in my voice when teaching it. :) Gets them engaged! #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:01 PM EDT
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:02 PM EDT
    Front loading and color coding vocab on an anchor chart is one I use a lot! #gcisdchat
    • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:00 PM EDT
      A4: I like to pre teach vocabulary. I tend to make up songs for the smallest things. I then take the vocab to an anchor chart WITH a picture. Bright and Colorful is also key as well as enthusiasm in my voice when teaching it. :) Gets them engaged! #gcisdchat
  • CKenderAVID Apr 19 @ 10:02 PM EDT
    A5: Adding in structured thought time! Think-pair-share, give one-get one, table talk, 10-2-2. Giving students time to think and talk through what they’ve heard before sharing out with the class! #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:03 PM EDT
    A4: sentence stems is also something my littles rely on so much! Once they gather a bit more English around the second semester, we do a lot of group work. I teach one-way so the beginning of the year is a bit hard for all because they don't have a buddy to rely on. #gcisdchat
  • artistacamille Apr 19 @ 10:03 PM EDT
    #gcisdchat Q4: Interactive team activities were students collaborate with each other in their primary/secondary language.
  • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 10:03 PM EDT
    A5 extend wait time for everyone and have them share with a buddy as they finish. That way all Ss get to share in some way or another. #GCISDchat
  • MrsGriffard Apr 19 @ 10:03 PM EDT
    A5 I try to point out at various times in all subjects that we ALL need extra wait time. We all have strengths /weaknesses and that it is ok. #gcisdchat
  • KariChristy Apr 19 @ 10:04 PM EDT
    A3 - https://t.co/JoH7xtiqkL has some great teaching resources! #gcisdchat
  • CMSVisser Apr 19 @ 10:04 PM EDT
    A5: Here is where pre-teaching and giving the question ahead of time will provide extra time so they know what to do when the time comes. #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:04 PM EDT
    Pretty cool indeed!! #gcisdchat
    • amyleitner06 Apr 19 @ 9:45 PM EDT
      LOVE this idea! #gcisdchat
      • artistacamille Apr 19 @ 9:43 PM EDT
        #gcisdchat A1: In here we can see a beautiful example of how we use Art, Foreign Language and Circle Up techniques as students feel more and more comfortable with each other in their primary and secondary language.
  • amyleitner06 Apr 19 @ 10:06 PM EDT
    I just found this resource right now! I like that the website has information for both teachers and families to help students be successful with multiple languages. #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:07 PM EDT
    Q5: My classroom is set up to where the students are mostly in charge of their own learning. They have goals throughout the day that they need to meet. We all start together maybe with the same work, but then as students finish, they move on to their next task. #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:07 PM EDT
  • GypsyMishoe - Moderator Apr 19 @ 10:08 PM EDT
    A5- Total Participation Techniques give ss more processing time & keep the whole class engaged (instead of just those who raise their hands) https://t.co/Zq4CBsdKQ8 #gcisdchat
  • JennaBrosette Apr 19 @ 10:08 PM EDT
    A5 Making wait time a habit so all Ss expect it will make it feel natural. Building that strong classroom culture should comfort Ss to be okay asking if they need more time or allow you to come back to them in a few minutes. We are all here to learn, including us! #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:08 PM EDT
    A5: it is all also differentiated to their levels of academics. I differentiate for their English proficiency levels when they meet me for small groups daily. This is where a lot of the L2 comes from aside from mini whole group lessons. #gcisdchat
  • SeligEmma Apr 19 @ 10:08 PM EDT
    A5: Every student in the classroom benefits from extra time so our language learners don’t need to be singled out. #gcisdchat
  • pennie512 Apr 19 @ 10:09 PM EDT
    A6: topics have to be about things the kids care about; writing prompts and speaking practice need to focus on kid-centric up-to-date topics #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:09 PM EDT
    Love the link! Thank you @GypsyMishoe #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:10 PM EDT
    A5: No one can really tell who hasn't finished an assignment, or which have been differentiated or who needs more time to finish. :) #gcisdchat
  • GypsyMishoe - Moderator Apr 19 @ 10:10 PM EDT
    A5- I found a small change in language made a big difference. Instead of "wait" time we call it "think" time. We ALL need time to think! #gcisdchat
  • artistacamille Apr 19 @ 10:10 PM EDT
    #gcisdchat A6: Recess believe it or not! Students are constantly interacting with one another in a fun and non threatening environment. Hearing, seeing and learning all at once.
  • MrsGriffard Apr 19 @ 10:10 PM EDT
    A6 I like to make a game of it. Any time a student uses the key vocabulary words of the unit the S using the vocabulary gets a Gator buck as well as the S that recognizes it. #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:11 PM EDT
    Yes @pennie512! Integrating our students culture is a great way of doing that! #gcisdchat
    • pennie512 Apr 19 @ 10:09 PM EDT
      A6: topics have to be about things the kids care about; writing prompts and speaking practice need to focus on kid-centric up-to-date topics #gcisdchat
  • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 10:11 PM EDT
    A6 Know where your students are and meet them there! If they are at the BICS level seek them out at lunch and recess to develop their language! Success there will lead to more risks in class #GCISDchat #TESleads
  • CMSVisser Apr 19 @ 10:11 PM EDT
    A6: I find that it is nice to have a buddy in class in ways, but sometimes the buddy becomes the "crutch" and speaks for the Ss. I will have conversations in circle up & require all to speak, casually of course and after trust is built. #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:12 PM EDT
    A6: I love the turn and talk technique. After mini lessons or questions I have about the lesson I have my kinder friends turn and talk to a partner next to them. This allows all students to get the opportunity to share out loud! :) #gcisdchat
  • TLGriffard Apr 19 @ 10:12 PM EDT
    A6 I like to make a game of it. Any time a student uses the key vocabulary words of the unit the S using the vocabulary gets a Gator buck as well as the S that recognizes it. #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:12 PM EDT
  • TLGriffard Apr 19 @ 10:12 PM EDT
    A5 I try to point out at various times in all subjects that we ALL need extra wait time. We all have strengths /weaknesses and that it is ok. #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:14 PM EDT
    A5: I also answer to them in the target language when they ask me a question. and if they are unable to answer, I help them say it and have them repeat it to me. :) #gcisdchat
  • Jade_WisemanTES Apr 19 @ 10:14 PM EDT
    A6 When teachers know their students, planning purposeful and engaging lessons will support students language acquisition. #gcisdchat #tesleads
  • JennaBrosette Apr 19 @ 10:14 PM EDT
    A6 Just finished a book study, Purposeful Play. By offering opportunities for play within the classroom where you coach in instead of pulling a small group to your table. Listening as kids play and teaching at moments when they are most engaged is powerful! #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:14 PM EDT
    BICS or "playground English" during lunch and recess provide great opportunities for language acquisition @Msflores928! #gcisdchat
    • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 10:11 PM EDT
      A6 Know where your students are and meet them there! If they are at the BICS level seek them out at lunch and recess to develop their language! Success there will lead to more risks in class #GCISDchat #TESleads
  • KariChristy Apr 19 @ 10:14 PM EDT
    Q5 - Provide a safe learning environment so that students know & are okay with others taking extra time. I think that dual students are used to it. Their buddy can help them, and I give them all the time they need! I haven't seen any issues with this. #gcisdchat
  • TLGriffard Apr 19 @ 10:14 PM EDT
    A7 Practice, practice, practice and modeling. One on one conferences with students to discuss growth and goals. Reward successes. #gcisdchat
  • osunewell Apr 19 @ 10:14 PM EDT
    Chiming in late after the VALOR banquet. Eager to learn alongside our tweeps tonight! #gcisdchat
  • CMSVisser Apr 19 @ 10:14 PM EDT
    A7: By modeling, modeling, modeling and doing, doing, doing! :) #gcisdchat Multiple exposures in multiple ways so the Ss can practice.
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:16 PM EDT
    A5: I like for them to record themselves reading their little readers at home. Or they can record about a lesson. I then have them share their recordings in class or they listen to each other reading their books after breakfast. :) #gcisdchat
  • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 10:16 PM EDT
    A7 Be intentional in your planning! Hold yourself accountable for activities in each domain! Or integrate strategies like Talk, Read, Talk l, Write that include all 4! #GCISDchat #TESleads
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:16 PM EDT
    Yes @Jade_WisemanTES We need to be very intentional when planning for our language learners! #gcisdchat
  • osunewell Apr 19 @ 10:16 PM EDT
    That sounds awesome. Would take some strong “kid watching” skills (Yetta Goodman flashback), but what a natural way to infuse learning! #gcisdchat
    • JennaBrosette Apr 19 @ 10:14 PM EDT
      A6 Just finished a book study, Purposeful Play. By offering opportunities for play within the classroom where you coach in instead of pulling a small group to your table. Listening as kids play and teaching at moments when they are most engaged is powerful! #gcisdchat
  • JennaBrosette Apr 19 @ 10:16 PM EDT
    A7 Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop offers opportunities for all domains. Through turn and talk during mini lesson to small reading groups, strategy groups, partnerships, book clubs, table conferences, and more! #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:17 PM EDT
  • CKenderAVID Apr 19 @ 10:17 PM EDT
    A7: I LOVE seeing ELLs engaged in Socratic Seminars and Philosophical Chairs. They read to prepare, speak and listen to participate, and write to reflect. Not to mention it often being over culturally relevant topics! #gcisdchat
  • Jade_WisemanTES Apr 19 @ 10:18 PM EDT
    Absolutely @KariChristy ! #gcisdchat #tesleads
    • KariChristy Apr 19 @ 10:14 PM EDT
      Q5 - Provide a safe learning environment so that students know & are okay with others taking extra time. I think that dual students are used to it. Their buddy can help them, and I give them all the time they need! I haven't seen any issues with this. #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:18 PM EDT
    I've prepared a quick PD on that strategy with @CristiGCISD! We'll need to share! @Msflores928 #gcisdchat
    • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 10:16 PM EDT
      A7 Be intentional in your planning! Hold yourself accountable for activities in each domain! Or integrate strategies like Talk, Read, Talk l, Write that include all 4! #GCISDchat #TESleads
  • osunewell Apr 19 @ 10:18 PM EDT
    So simple yet so profoundly powerful. Regardless of classroom grade or content this one simple thing a teacher can do easily deepens learning. #gcisdchat
    • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:12 PM EDT
      A6: I love the turn and talk technique. After mini lessons or questions I have about the lesson I have my kinder friends turn and talk to a partner next to them. This allows all students to get the opportunity to share out loud! :) #gcisdchat
  • Jade_WisemanTES Apr 19 @ 10:19 PM EDT
    I couldn’t agree more @Msflores928 ! #gcisdchat #tesleads
    • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 10:11 PM EDT
      A6 Know where your students are and meet them there! If they are at the BICS level seek them out at lunch and recess to develop their language! Success there will lead to more risks in class #GCISDchat #TESleads
  • SeligEmma Apr 19 @ 10:19 PM EDT
    A7: It all starts with planning meaningful and purposeful lessons that reflect where the students are using the PLDs but keeping the vision of where they need to be. #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:19 PM EDT
    A7: I incorporate all four into a lesson on a daily. Even if it is my math week. I plan my lessons to where it is an I do/ we do/ you do. I teach my mini lesson (listening), we all engage in the conversation (speaking), they write about it and we read on the topic :) #gcisdchat
  • osunewell Apr 19 @ 10:19 PM EDT
    Love this. Stealing. #thanks #gcisdchat
    • GypsyMishoe - Moderator Apr 19 @ 10:10 PM EDT
      A5- I found a small change in language made a big difference. Instead of "wait" time we call it "think" time. We ALL need time to think! #gcisdchat
  • pennie512 Apr 19 @ 10:19 PM EDT
    A7: plan lessons with goal of hitting all 4 domains every time; even if that means turning a solo writing practice into a partner reading/listening and discussing, ... finding quick ways to hit ea. domain, listening, speaking, reading and writing regardless of activity #gcisdchat
  • GypsyMishoe - Moderator Apr 19 @ 10:20 PM EDT
    A7- The PLDs help remind us to provide reg. opportunities for ss to engage in all 4 language domains. How can you become a proficient English speaker if you are never given an opportunity to talk? #gcisdchat
  • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 10:21 PM EDT
    A7 I think Ts just need to learn about why we “translanguage” to support it! 27 years in the US and I still do it! #gcisdchat
  • TLGriffard Apr 19 @ 10:21 PM EDT
    A8 I enjoy letting ELL Ss teach us some things in their language. Then we are all new language learners and we can be empathic to the struggles of learning a new language. #gcisdchat
  • GypsyMishoe - Moderator Apr 19 @ 10:22 PM EDT
    This is so important- We have to make sure we provide ELLs the language support they need, but also provide opportunities to think critically & analyze complex topics #gcisdchat
    In reply to @CKenderAVID
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:22 PM EDT
    Very true! It's important to be intentional with opportunities when our children are learning another language @GypsyMishoe #gcisdchat
    • GypsyMishoe - Moderator Apr 19 @ 10:20 PM EDT
      A7- The PLDs help remind us to provide reg. opportunities for ss to engage in all 4 language domains. How can you become a proficient English speaker if you are never given an opportunity to talk? #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:22 PM EDT
    A7: I do a couple of read alouds a day so they can listen to the language even more. :) plus they are always so fun! and we predict and retell so we can speak more. Many times we act it out to put the vocabulary/language into action for retention of that story/words #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:22 PM EDT
  • Jade_WisemanTES Apr 19 @ 10:23 PM EDT
    Great idea @Mrs_CoronaTES ! Sentence stems are great tools to utilize and all students can benefit from it. #gcisdchat #tesleads
    • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:03 PM EDT
      A4: sentence stems is also something my littles rely on so much! Once they gather a bit more English around the second semester, we do a lot of group work. I teach one-way so the beginning of the year is a bit hard for all because they don't have a buddy to rely on. #gcisdchat
  • KariChristy Apr 19 @ 10:23 PM EDT
    A8 - This sounds interesting. Sounds like something that could help in dual when a curriculum unit expands across several weeks. #gcisdchat
  • JennaBrosette Apr 19 @ 10:24 PM EDT
    A8 It feels like the question says it all. It allows them to express themselves completely! Our learning environments are safe places for kids to be themselves which means to express themselves in different ways. #gcisdchat
  • JackLeonardEdu Apr 19 @ 10:25 PM EDT
    Q8: Translanguaging affirms the Ss other spoken languages and often can help the student communicate more precisely than if they were forced to use English only. Seems like Culturally Responsive Teaching to me. #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:25 PM EDT
    A8: Kindergarten dual is all about translanguage. Translanguage is the baby step into full bilingualism. :) It seems to come after the silent period where they are all just inputing the language. Important milestone into learning the language fluently. #gcisdchat
  • CMSVisser Apr 19 @ 10:26 PM EDT
    A9: Creating a classroom culture of respect. Circling up has really helped my Ss this year. We share random things about feelings, ourselves, etc. When Ss saw others sharing & engaging as a listener they opened up. This provided practice in language, speaking. #gcisdchat
  • Msflores928 Apr 19 @ 10:27 PM EDT
    A9 By giving them that time to feel safe but then also explaining to them you will be pushing (gently) for them to be brave! I liked to tell my students to respect their Spanish learning time and then also the English learning time. #gcisdchat
  • RialGraham Apr 19 @ 10:27 PM EDT
  • GypsyMishoe - Moderator Apr 19 @ 10:27 PM EDT
    A9- (actually not an answer) I know this is a tough dilemma especially for secondary Ts. I would love to hear suggestions from the experts! #gcisdchat
  • Jade_WisemanTES Apr 19 @ 10:27 PM EDT
    Well said @Mrs_CoronaTES ! #gcisdchat #tesleads
    • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:25 PM EDT
      A8: Kindergarten dual is all about translanguage. Translanguage is the baby step into full bilingualism. :) It seems to come after the silent period where they are all just inputing the language. Important milestone into learning the language fluently. #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:28 PM EDT
    A9: This one is tough for me to answer because I have all ELLS in the classroom, but I do find that they feel comfortable when their friends begin translating everything I say to them. #gcisdchat
  • artistacamille Apr 19 @ 10:28 PM EDT
    #gcisdchat Q9: Bring a presenter that can bring Art and Culture to the mix! Puertorrican artist Mr. Noin Rivera showcasing the art of vejigante masks to our students in CALA.
  • pennie512 Apr 19 @ 10:28 PM EDT
    A8: yes, very important to let kids use other language and explain what they mean; kids need to feel their home language is still valid; can't be told "English only" when sometimes what they want to express they simply can't in English and need that transition #gcisdchat
  • Mrs_CoronaTES Apr 19 @ 10:29 PM EDT
    A9: makes my heart so happy to hear them translating for their peers. They came in with little to no English and then they help their friends by repeating what the teacher says in Spanish. #gcisdchat
  • GypsyMishoe - Moderator Apr 19 @ 10:29 PM EDT
    Well said! This seems so much more effective & empathetic than shaming ss for occasionally seeking refuge in their native language! #gcisdchat
    In reply to @Msflores928
  • SeligEmma Apr 19 @ 10:29 PM EDT
    A9: I saw this quote a while ago and is not my favorite: “I wish You knew how smart I am in my own language” we need to allow them time to show us how much they know, but again, it takes time and we must be willing to wait. #gcisdchat