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The 'Maker' Movement Is Coming to K-12: Can Schools Get It Right?

The 'Maker' Movement Is Coming to K-12: Can Schools Get It Right? | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
The movement for more hands-on, student-driven learning is going mainstream, migrating from museums and garages into the highly regulated world of K-12 education.
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The ESSA and ESL Teacher Education | TESOL Blog

The ESSA and ESL Teacher Education | TESOL Blog | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
Kristen Lindahl discusses how the new U.S. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) impacts English language education—and what is missing from the legislation.
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Getting Started With Game-Based Language Learning

Getting Started With Game-Based Language Learning | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
Introducing English-language learners to game-based learning brings the added benefits of conversation about their interests, discussion of in-class rules, and peer collaboration.
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ELL Myths From The Trenches

ELL Myths From The Trenches | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
by Ruslana Westerlund There are many sets of myths that have been written on the hot topic of second language acquisition.  McLaughlin's list is still read by many, even though it was written in 19...
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Supporting ELLs in PBL Projects

Supporting ELLs in PBL Projects | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
PBL is valuable for ELLs when it teaches academic vocabulary, encourages collaboration, scaffolds structure and function, allows assessment and differentiation, and leverages their native language.
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Collaboration: Key to Innovation

Collaboration: Key to Innovation | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
Teaching students about product development uses all the core subjects, and it begins with teachers willing to create their own atmosphere of collaborative innovation.
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What I've Learned About Being a Good Collaborator

This entry explores collaboration between teachers. What is collaboration, how to go about collaborating, and the results are all topics discussed.
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This Video Shows Exactly Why America's Public Education System is Outdated

This Video Shows Exactly Why America's Public Education System is Outdated | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
We don't live in a 9-to-5 economy anymore...
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Professional Learning Breeds Teamwork

Professional Learning Breeds Teamwork | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
Working together to build community fosters a positive work environment that demonstrates unity. In what ways can schools provide more opportunities for educators to work together to improve schools?
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Academic Oral Language Success in Common Core

Academic Oral Language Success in Common Core | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
  Having students who are able to communicate their learning, as well as collaborate with their peers in an academic setting are two primary goals of the new Common Core standards.  Communicat...
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What’s Happening

What’s Happening | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
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Home-School Connections Help ELLs and Their Parents

Home-School Connections Help ELLs and Their Parents | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
English-language learners whose parents actively support their learning are more successful in learning English and in achieving at school, so how can schools do a better job of building relationships with families that usually speak languages other than English?
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ACSD ESL Blog: Communicating with Parents Who Have Limited English Proficiency

ACSD ESL Blog: Communicating with Parents Who Have Limited English Proficiency | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
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5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences

5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
Browse a curated list of resources for improving parent-teacher conferences, including ideas for highlighting student progress, ways to encourage students to take the lead, and questions every parent should ask.
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Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work!

Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work! | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
To ensure productive group work, teachers must communicate expectations, strategically build groups, structure activities, scaffold work with a supportive classroom culture, and stress individual accountability.
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Culturally-Responsive Approaches for Working with Somali Children

Culturally-Responsive Approaches for Working with Somali Children | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
 by  a guest blogger Sirad Shirdon, a Somali scholar Sirad is sharing with us what it means to be a culturally responsive educator when working with Somali children and families. 1. Becoming cultur...
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Collaborating Across Disciplines

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In this inspiring video series Erin and Jen collaborate to teach a 9th grade integrated program.
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7 Responsibilities of Teacher Leaders

7 Responsibilities of Teacher Leaders | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
All teachers are leaders. What distinguishes one teacher leader from another is the reach of his or her leadership. Consider these seven responsibilities that teacher leaders with the broadest impact take on.
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Video Playlist: Collaborating to Plan Common Core Lessons for ELLs

Video Playlist: Collaborating to Plan Common Core Lessons for ELLs | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
We’ve partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) on a new series aiming to show some of the “invisible work” that goes into successful teaching. In this series, called Practice, Planning & Collaboration Around the Common Core State Standards, we get to see the end-result classroom lessons and the planning that went into crafting them. In the first of five video packages, we see two second grade teachers collaborate to plan and teach a Common Core-aligned lesson about soil. At Amanec
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Unlocking Language for English-Learners

Unlocking Language for English-Learners | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
Justin Minkel, an elementary teacher in Arkansas, says that a supportive school environment coupled with tailored instructional techniques can help English-language learners make dramatic gains in achievement.
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How Can Project-Based Learning Motivate Students Even Further?

How Can Project-Based Learning Motivate Students Even Further? | Teacher Collaborations Benefit ELLs | Scoop.it
By Andrew Miller We all know that project-based learning (PBL) works, and there is research to support this. Districts leaders and individual teachers use PBL to deliver content, including content aligned to new, rigorous standards such as the Common Core State Standards or the Next Generation Science Standards. Projects integrating this learning strategy can come in all shapes and sizes; some projects are interdisciplinary while others focus on a single discipline, and each project can use varying levels of technology. Though each project can cover a wide variety of topics, there are common “essential elements,” as identified by the Buck Institute for Education, that must exist for true PBL to take place. While these elements provide a great foundation for building effective projects, educators can take project design even further to motivate all learners. True Voice and Choice To effectively implement PBL in the classroom, educators must first motivate and engage their students. Teachers can often accomplish this by allowing students to provide input on their learning experiences. When educators begin providing voice and choice to students, however, they often do so sparingly.  Instead, teaches need to personalize each student’s level of voice and choice based on how they learn.  On the ambitious end of offering voice and choice, an educator can serve as a conductor overseeing how students will shape their learning experiences, what path they will take, and how they will demonstrate that learning. Educators should continually aim for this student-centered learning style, and not adhere to a permanent practice of offering limited voice and choice. Authentic Work One necessary element of  PBL is that students engage in authentic and meaningful activities. In order to reach this level of engagement, students must be able to envision an authentic audience that would benefit from their learning activities.  Engaging students in authentic work can make it easier for them to see how their activities could influence an authentic audience by introducing them to real world challenges. Reflecting on questions such as “Who can provide us with relevant, expert feedback?” and “Who would find our work valuable and needed?” can help educators develop meaningful PBL activities. Students can make a difference, and educators should build projects around authentic purposes. When the work matters and is shared with an authentic audience, students are intrinsically motivated by the fact that what they are doing has value. Challenge and Rigor One major myth of student engagement is the idea that all learning should be fun. Yes, fun projects can engage some students, but only temporarily. In fact, challenging and rigorous assignments are often more motivating than fun and easy activities. We’ve all experienced times when we were appropriately challenged; we lost track of time, we thought more deeply, and we learned. Educators should seek to challenge students. When educators provide rigorous and authentic projects and give students voice and choice, students will accept that challenge. PBL doesn’t demand more work; it demands challenging work. Educators who implement PBL using the following strategies will find that their students want to dig deeper and learn the material. Sometimes these projects “get out of control” in a good way and spawn new, authentic projects that teach important content skills. A skilled educator can see this deviation as an opportunity to harness student motivation and to further engage students in the learning process. *** Andrew K. Miller (@betamiller on Twitter) is on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education, an organization specializing in 21st century project-based learning, and provides expertise to ASCD in a variety of professional development needs. He is also a regular blogger for Edutopia.
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