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Drilling down: Audio-lingual method can help
By: Eva Sullivan
This fall, my high school ESOL classes have been particularly challenging. My newcomer students are struggling to adapt to their new cultural and language environment, and my advanced students are struggling to master new curriculum materials that align with Common Core. That leaves me in the middle, stressed about how to deliver the best instruction, given the enormous time constraints imposed by my school schedule. The bell rings every 50 minutes, and I've got a new class coming in. How can I cover the curriculum and allow sufficient time to practice a skill?
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How storytelling inspires children to learn English
Edutopia (commentary)
Storytelling has tremendous benefits for classroom learning, as I discussed in my post Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters. This time, I want to further explore those benefits, in particular how storytelling inspires children to learn English. The motivation for this comes from my recent experience of teaching in an international school in China that has a 97 percent cohort of students learning English as an additional language.
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Democrats call on Education Department to ensure equity in NCLB waiver guidance
Education Week
Ahead of the U.S. Department of Education's No Child Left Behind waiver guidance, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., and Democrats who represent majority-minority districts, are urging Education Secretary Arne Duncan to ensure the academic achievement of all students. In a letter sent to Duncan, Miller and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, asked the department to guarantee that states seeking a renewal of their waivers remain accountable for the achievement of all students, including minority students, students with disabilities, low-income students and English language learners.
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US to focus on equity in assigning of teachers
The New York Times
The Obama administration is directing states to show how they will ensure that all students have equal access to high-quality teachers, with a sharp focus on schools with a high proportion of poor and racial minorities. In a letter to state superintendents, Deborah S. Delisle, an assistant secretary at the Department of Education, said states must develop plans by next June that make sure that public schools comply with existing federal law requiring that "poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified or out-of-field teachers."
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S-K schools meet some English language learning goals
Statesman Journal
The Salem-Keizer School District met two of three goals the state of Oregon uses to measure how well non-native speakers are learning English, data for the last school year shows. In the 2012-2013 school year, the district did not meet any of the goals. But the state also changed its target for English language learners to better reflect student growth in 2013-2014, which means the data can't be compared to the previous year. More school districts met the state goals with the changes, according to the Oregon Department of Education.
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Fix testing — Don't end it
Education Week (commentary)
"Trust me — there aren't going to be any seventh grade English language learners next year." "But there are three in the 6th grade this year ... How do you know they will test out of ESL?" "Trust me." How can I say, "Trust me"? It's simple: I trust the test, and I knew my students were prepared. As many teachers rail against their subject's state assessments, I count myself lucky to be an English as a second language teacher."
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Study: Playing high-action video games may speed up learning
Education Week
Contrary to the popular stereotype of a distracted teenager lost in Halo or Call of Duty video games, new evidence suggests playing such high-action video games may help students learn and react faster — but not more impulsively. The new findings run counter to recent studies that have linked extensive video game playing to attention-deficit and impulsiveness disorders, stoking concerns that playing highly stimulating video games reduces students' ability to pay attention in less-stimulating academic settings.
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Are future teachers getting too many easy A's?
PBS Newshour
The Internet is teeming with advice for first-year teachers on how to navigate the challenges they'll face in the classroom. Establish boundaries. Get to know your students outside the classroom. Challenge the most advanced students without leaving those who struggle behind. But how to do all of that and more shouldn't be a mystery for new teachers to solve on their own, according to Kate Walsh, director of the National Council for Teacher Quality. A report out today from the group called "Easy A's" argues new teachers find themselves floundering because many teacher prep programs aren't challenging enough.
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6 tools for parent-teacher collaboration
eSchool News
Educators know that students' home lives play an integral role in their academic success. Communication between teachers and parents makes it easier for educators to understand the outside challenges students may deal with, and it helps parents understand how they can better support their children in school. In August, we brought you five tools that parents and teachers could use to start the school year off connected.
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