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Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers

Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers

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Can never learn too much about the art of crafting the perfect question...

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Ahh, what it requires to formulate questions.  This is the core of learning and thinking.  

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Educational Leadership:Writing: A Core Skill:Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs

Educational Leadership:Writing: A Core Skill:Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
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ESL Teachers in Common-Core Era Need Different Prep, Paper Argues

ESL Teachers in Common-Core Era Need Different Prep, Paper Argues | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Rethinking how ESL teachers are prepared to support ELLs under new, more rigorous standards in reading, math, and science is essential, three English-learner experts write.
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Past perfect tense – explanation and a mind map

Past perfect tense – explanation and a mind map | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Last week I was teaching past perfect in one of my classes and suddenly one of the students exclaimed:
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ELLs' Literacy Improved Under Popular Instructional Model, Study Finds

ELLs' Literacy Improved Under Popular Instructional Model, Study Finds | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
The first phase of a four-year study found that English-learners in Project GLAD classrooms performed better on reading comprehension, vocabulary, and some writing tasks than their peers whose teachers did not use the instructional approach.
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Do You Hear Me Now? An Active Listening Exercise for Teachers

Do You Hear Me Now? An Active Listening Exercise for Teachers | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Listening well—actively and deeply—is a skill that requires both attention and intention. It starts with our ears (making sense of words as well as the speaker’s tone) but also involves…
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The art of listening. Attention and intention. 

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Satya Nadella, Chief of Microsoft, on His New Role

Satya Nadella, Chief of Microsoft, on His New Role | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
In his first interview since taking over as chief executive of Microsoft, Satya Nadella talks about leadership, the future and Bill Gates.
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Interesting interview. 

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The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction

The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Stories stimulate the brain. Metaphors like “He had leathery hands” rouse the sensory cortex.
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Understanding How the Brain Speaks Two Languages | TIME.com

Understanding How the Brain Speaks Two Languages | TIME.com | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Hablan dos idiomas? You should, if you know what's good for you
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How We Know Kids Living in Poverty Can Meet the Common Core Standards - Whole Child Education

How We Know Kids Living in Poverty Can Meet the Common Core Standards - Whole Child Education | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
We call on educators, policymakers, business leaders, families, and community members to work together on a whole child approach to education.
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Poverty, common core, and success. 

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Naveen Jain on Rethinking Education: Can We Use Neuroscience to Create Better Learners

Naveen Jain on Rethinking Education: Can We Use Neuroscience to Create Better Learners | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
The field of education is contentious and resistant to innovation or change.  There seems to be a growing sense that the problems that education systems face is just too difficult and multifaceted to fix.
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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
"Change your language and you change your thoughts." -- Karl Albrecht

Understanding Academic Language

Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are
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Visual Notetaking in the Classroom

Visual Notetaking in the Classroom | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
An ELL teacher encourages her students to think critically by using visual notetaking in class, a technique that allows them to synthesize what they are learning in a creative and fun way.

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Finding even more ways to make this useful in my classroom!

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What characteristics make visual notetaking such a powerful approach? The "armchair neuroscientist" in me can explain the benefits:

Holism. It exercises students’ kinesthetic, auditory, linguistic, and verbal modalities.Feedback. Visuals offer tangible, immediate insight that teachers can use to gauge and build upon comprehension.Chemical changes. It can generate a much-needed dopamine surge for pleasure, oxytocin surge due to love and trust that undergirds success, and a decrease in cortisol associated with stress.Connectivity. Ideas filtered through visual notes leap off the page and nourish the brain’s love for connections, imagery, and storytelling.Fun. Big-picture comprehension. Deep thinking and imagining. Synthesizing information. Cerebral satisfaction. A "brain break." A chance to revisit content. Listening. Laughing.
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Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor

Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Children in poor families hear fewer words, which often sets them back in school and later life.

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Take away the screens!

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Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students

Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? It would be saying to students something like, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wed
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12 ways teachers are using social media in the classroom

12 ways teachers are using social media in the classroom | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it

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Important to gain insight into useful approaches to utilising social media in a classroom environment.

 

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Coach K's "Ah-ha moment" and his secret to sustainable success

Coach K's "Ah-ha moment" and his secret to sustainable success | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Coach K clearly articulates a “Connection Culture” -- where shared identity, empathy and understanding move individuals toward group-centered membership.
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Infographic: “How the Brain Benefits from Being Bilingual” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Infographic: “How the Brain Benefits from Being Bilingual” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
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All this...plus it's just FUN to learn languages! 

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.@ScottEblin: 3 killer communication mistakes to avoid | SmartBlogs

.@ScottEblin: 3 killer communication mistakes to avoid | SmartBlogs | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
If you’re the project leader, there are three simple questions you can regularly ask to avoid the three killer communication mistakes.
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Rethinking the what? The So What? and the Now What?

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Teacher to 3rd graders: I apologize for having to ‘quantify you with a number’

Teacher to 3rd graders: I apologize for having to ‘quantify you with a number’ | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Teacher says she is sorry about the obsession with testing.
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It's been a tough year. Teaching peeps, hang tough, and hang on to your passions.

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15 Most Useful Phrasal Verbs | English with a Twist

15 Most Useful Phrasal Verbs | English with a Twist | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it

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Engaging Brains: How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids About Neuroplasticity

Engaging Brains: How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids About Neuroplasticity | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have
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7 Awesome Visual Alternatives to Google Docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Awesome Visual Alternatives to Google Docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
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Nice compilation of simple ways to visually organize data. 

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Ed. Dept. Falling Short in Support of English-Learners, Report Says

Ed. Dept. Falling Short in Support of English-Learners, Report Says | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
The BUENO National Policy Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, says education policies favored by the Obama administration have not been beneficial to English-language learners.
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Finding a balance....

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Helping English-Language Learners Adapt Under the Common Core

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Wendi Pillars offers strategies for supporting the language development of diverse-needs students under the Common Core State Standards.
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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area | Language, Brains, and ELL News | Scoop.it
25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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