MSM 342:  ELL strategies, Pictures and Collaboration

Jokes You Can Use:  

At a meeting, the principal told a joke. Everyone laughed except one guy.

The principal asked him, “Didn’t you understand my joke?”

The guy replied, “Oh I understood it, but I resigned yesterday.”

I went to this great yard sale the other day. There were lots of sports memorabilia, electronics, and guy stuff. A huge 50 inch flat screen TV caught my eye with a price tag on $50 on it!

 

“You only want $50 for this big TV? It must have something wrong with it” I remarked.

“I’ll let it go for $50”. He said. “It works great, except when you turn it on the volume starts out and stays all the way up.”

“Man, I sure can’t turn that deal down!”

 

Once over the hill, I started to pick up speed!

 

Did you hear about the blind man who took a hammer and saw?

 

I would think you’d have to be open minded to be a brain surgeon…

 

Eileen Award:  

Advisory:

http://twentytwowords.com/facing-a-tricky-situation-this-mom-turned-to-the-internet-for-some-very-entertaining-solutions/

 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

TESTING THE WATER

I WAS RECENTLY READING THE SEPTEMBER, 2016 ISSUE OF “SCIENCE SCOPE,” A MAGAZINE WRITTEN FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHERS, PUBLISHED BY THE NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION.  

IN THIS ISSUE, I READ THE THE ARTICLE, “TESTING THE WATER: WORLD WATER MONITORING CHALLENGE.” IT WAS WRITTEN BY JILL NUGENT.  THE ARTICLE DESCRIBES THE PROCESS BY WHICH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS CAN GET INVOLVED IN A CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT — THE WORLD WATER MONITORING CHALLENGE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

HTTP://WWW.MONITORWATER.ORG

http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/11/16_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Testing_the_Water.html

 

From the Twitterverse:  

#TeacherGoals ‏@teachergoals

Leaving school before anyone needs you be like…

Chicken GTG

David Britten ‏@colonelb

If I hear one more time, “But what about the test scores?” Ugh. Humanity is doomed by it’s own limits on critical thinking. #suptchat

Amber Teamann ‏@8Amber8

Thanksgiving Read Alouds for Upper Elementary {Free Printables} http://goo.gl/tvvCds  via @TeachToInspire5

edutopia ‏@edutopia

15 questions to replace “How was school today?”: http://edut.to/2g3JNXd . #ptchat

Bashaer Kilani M.Ed ‏@bashaierk

#edchatMENA #meaningful_feedback #satchat

Jennifer Williams ‏@JenWilliamsEdu

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners? https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/10/27/where-are-quality-instructional-materials-for-english-language-learners/ … Thanks for sharing @vifglobaled! #ELL

Roberto A. González ‏@robertoglezcano

Cooperation vs Collaboration by @spencerideas #edchat #education #elearning #edtech #designthinking #mathchat

Todd ‏@ToddWhitaker

The minimum goal of professional development is that teachers need to be more excited about teaching tomorrow than they were today. #satchat

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”  

Strategies:

Five Tips for Getting the ESL Student Talking by EduTopia

  1. Fluency
  2. Individual Needs
  3. High Interest Engagement
  4. Model
  5. Allow Time

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/getting-the-ESL-student-talking-marc-anderson

This Teacher Taught His Class a Powerful (and Debatable) Lesson About Privilege

To teach his class about privilege and social mobility, a high school teacher did an exercise that started by giving each student a scrap piece of paper and asking them to crumple it up.

http://twentytwowords.com/this-teacher-taught-his-class-a-powerful-and-debatable-lesson-about-privilege/

Breaking the Plane

It’s not just Breaking the Plane that matters, It’s breaking it often.  You want to signal that it is normal for you to wander just about anywhere as you teach.

It’s especially important to break the plane early — getting near to students plays such a critical role in managing behavioral situations and especially in making those interactions more private. If, in contrast, you move out into the classroom to establish proximity only when you need to (to address a behavioral situation), this action will be highly visible.

http://teachlikeachampion.com/blog/what-is-breaking-the-plane/

Resources:

Learning English Pronunciation – Antimoon  

Reasons for learning how to pronounce English and some tips and strategies for getting it right.  This resource is written for the student to reference.  

http://www.antimoon.com/how/pronunc.htm

4 Creative Ways to Use Authentic Materials with ESL Students– FluentU

Using menus, job applications, and newspaper articles to teach practical ESL skills.

http://www.fluentu.com/english/educator/blog/authentic-materials-for-teaching-english/   

TIME 100 Photos

Though photography is a much younger medium than painting—the first photo is widely considered to date from 1826—the astonishing technological advances since then mean that there are now far more pictures taken every day than there are canvases in all the world’s galleries and museums. In 2016 alone, hundreds of billions of images were made.

http://100photos.time.com/

Free Download: Learner Profile Survey

We get a lot of requests for our Learner Profile template. Today, I’m sharing the first piece: the Learner Profile Survey. These are the questions we ask our students each year to get a better understanding of who they are, what makes them tick, what their vulnerabilities are.

http://ilearntechnology.com/wordpress/?p=5669

Web Spotlight:

About Don’t Memorise

With our ‘Don’t Memorise, Know More!’ philosophy the learner always remains at the very heart of what we do. Relating real life to theory using a simple story format makes our educational content accessible to all styles of learning.

And It’s Completely Free

https://dontmemorise.com/

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO TEACH STUDENTS TO SPOT SKETCHY NEWS STORIES?

Buzzfeed, a popular online source covering digital media and technology, opened the criticism by publishing the frightening results of an analysis of the election stories generating the most engagement — think likes, shares and comments — on Facebook in the final three months of the election.  Here’s what they found:

http://blog.williamferriter.com/2016/11/19/what-are-you-doing-to-teach-students-to-spot-sketchy-news-stories/

WWII SketchNotes

At 21-years-old, sketch artist Victor Lundy enrolled in the military at the height of World War II. But instead of completely abandoning his artistic abilities, the architectural enthusiast decided to document his experiences on the battlefield in a series eight of sketchbooks, which he has since donated to the Library of Congress. His incredibly detailed records of the war stretch from scenes of fallen soldiers, air raids, and beach landings, to more conventional scenarios like soldiers playing games on their downtime or taking much needed naps. The now 92-year-old veteran went on to have an acclaimed architectural career after returning from the war in 1944.

It’s hard to imagine a service man taking the time to sketch scenes from one of the bloodiest wars in history, but to have detailed recordings of the event is in itself extraordinary. All sketchbooks have been digitally remastered and can be viewed online HERE.

http://thechive.com/2016/11/15/21-year-old-soldier-sketches-wwii-in-visual-diary-of-his-experiences-21-photos/

https://www.loc.gov/search/?fa=partof%3Alot+14007

Random Thoughts . . .  

Thoughts on using WorkShop module in Moodle.

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