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Teaching Language through Content: The Need for Language Objectives

Teaching Language through Content: The Need for Language Objectives

by Marisa Nathan, Confianza Coach and Director of Coaching   No longer are students separated from universal instruction in order to learn complex language systems because ALL learners benefit from language instruction through content and teachers must access the strategies and intentionally to plan for language in content. In any classroom, students are also asked to compare, justify, sequence, describe, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize using language. Gone are the days of self-contained language classrooms. Language and content demands are increasing for ALL students, and the reality of students needing to become college and career ready for success is indisputable. In...

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Cooperative Groups for Reading Across the Curriculum

Cooperative Groups for Reading Across the Curriculum

by Brianne McGee Many of us in the education field have been told that our students are learning how to read during the first few years of elementary school, but once they enter third grade, our students begin reading to learn. This statement has never quite made sense to me. The texts our students are required to read tend to become more rigorous as they progress through their education. Our students are asked to comprehend information that at times can be quite dense. How can we expect them to be successful if we stop teaching our students how to read...

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Integrating Writing into All Content Areas

Integrating Writing into All Content Areas

INTEGRATING WRITING INTO ALL CONTENT AREAS by Brianne McGee The academic content we teach our students has drastically changed over the years. The curriculum has become increasingly more rigorous. Educators are consistently overwhelmed by the amount of content that has to be taught during the school year. I am sure many of us have experienced sleepless nights worrying about whether our students would be prepared by the end of the year. This stress can cause tunnel-vision. We begin to focus solely on our curriculum, our content. We forget that our student’s education revolves around more than just the subject we...

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Essential Elements for a Powerful Language Plan

Essential Elements for a Powerful Language Plan

by Amy Melik An old Chinese proverb states “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  We often use this analogy when educating the students in our classroom. An ultimate goal for educators is that we equip our students to be able bodied, responsible members of society when they leave our classrooms.  We want to make sure that when we are not around them daily, our students have the skills necessary in order to thrive in the real world. Now let’s turn this proverb...

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Support ELLs with Project-Based Learning

Support ELLs with Project-Based Learning

Support ELLs with Project-Based Learning by Brianne McGee, Educational Assistant, Confianza & Harvard Graduate School of Education Student, Language and Literacy Program The number of students classified as an ELL (English Language Learner) has grown exponentially over the past decade. Approximately 10% of the students currently receiving an education in the United States speak another language at home. Many educators can’t help but wonder how to assist these particular students. They are desperate to find a way to help them learn the rigorous academic content, while also assisting them in learning the English language. Project-Based Learning (PBL) has been shown...

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