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by ginawirth
Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: When to pass or fail and ELLs?
Replies: 0
Views: 1005

When to pass or fail and ELLs?

It is that time of year again when teachers are compiling their data and making decisions about which students will pass to the next grade level and which students will need to be retained. When it comes to making that decision for ELLs the topic sometimes gets confusing. Some schools have policies ...
by ginawirth
Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Classroom projects/ongoing assessments instead of Testing
Replies: 6
Views: 3860

I don't think you should sacrifice exposing your ELLs to the standardized format of testing. Without even some exposure to standardized testing formats the students could be left to fend for themselves when they are expected to perform on the tests. I know because I have experienced this myself. You...
by ginawirth
Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Rate of delivery when teaching listening?
Replies: 0
Views: 1207

Rate of delivery when teaching listening?

After reviewing information on rate of delivery issues when teaching listening, I had a question with regard to Jack Richards (1983) points." One of his points was that the number and length of pauses used by a speaker are more crucial to listening comprehension than speed". When teaching listening ...
by ginawirth
Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Teaching Speaking to our ELL
Replies: 1
Views: 921

Teaching speaking can be a challenge for young students no matter what the students' proficiency level. Young students (around age 5,6,7) tend to be quiet rather than be wrong in class. Younger students tend to open up more and let their guard down when they are involved in tasks that seem "playful"...
by ginawirth
Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: ELLs and Standardized Tests
Replies: 2
Views: 2911

ELLs and Standardized Tests

With all the advances in educational theories, technology, etc. why are the ELLs still expected to take the same standardized exams as their peers with limited accommodations? I know that these tests play an important role in our educational system. Among other things they dictate funding and give a...
by ginawirth
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Teaching multiple proficiency levels in the same class
Replies: 2
Views: 1693

Try having learning centers in your class. When you have different proficiencies in the same room, centers can work well. For example you can have a writing center which is leveled for the students. The students can go to that center and have an activity that is specified for their level( i.e., stud...
by ginawirth
Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Computer Assisted Language Learning
Topic: recgonize advantages and disadvantages of CALL
Replies: 5
Views: 6322

Keeping up with the latest technology is a full time job. If your school has a good technology leader on staff you will find that person most helpful. Younger studente(Elem. Ed.) love to work on the computers. The students see it as a treat! Administration needs to be informed of the advantages tech...
by ginawirth
Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Problems with group work
Replies: 7
Views: 2101

Group work

Group work can be tricky, especially if the students are on different proficiency and ability levels. I had my students work in centers in the beginning of the year in small groups. The small group seemed to give the less confident students the momentum to try. I found that the students who struggle...
by ginawirth
Sun May 27, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: Computer Assisted Language Learning
Topic: How to make CAll effective in middle school teaching?
Replies: 6
Views: 5144

Using CALL with middle school students

With the vast array of web sites and programs available today, I think it is almost impossible to have an interesting class without at least some computer interaction for students. I have found that the students are extremely motivated and universally interested (regardless of L1) in computers and c...
by ginawirth
Fri May 25, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: manipulative vs. communicative styles
Replies: 0
Views: 591

manipulative vs. communicative styles

As I am studying the proven techniques that work best with ELLs, I realized that I will have to make a significant changes in my teaching style. I have taught both regular education and special education and both have required a good amount of teacher directed, manipulative style teaching. I truly f...
by ginawirth
Mon May 21, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: tests
Replies: 1
Views: 605

tests

This is a rough time of year for teachers. I think it is so unfair that our ESL students are expected to take and pass the state test with little more than a dictionary to help the student translate. The students hardly know the language. In the spring they are expected to take and demonstrate profi...
by ginawirth
Mon May 21, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: The down side to Whole Language
Replies: 0
Views: 470

The down side to Whole Language

I have been teaching for many years. Most of my experience is at the early el. ed. level(K,Gr.1 & 2). I also have many years teaching special ed. experience. I have used many reading programs, text series, etc. Many years ago the school where I was working employed a Whole Language reading series. T...
by ginawirth
Mon May 14, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Reward or not to reward?
Replies: 1
Views: 975

Reward or not to reward?

After many years of teaching I have found that using rewards (stickers, puzzles etc) to motivate students has worked wonders, in most cases. I am concerned with knowing when and how to impliment a reward system with in my ESL class. I want my students to have a desire to learn english without a rewa...
by ginawirth
Mon May 14, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: When is the "quiet period" over?
Replies: 3
Views: 864

When is the "quiet period" over?

I know that when teaching new students of ESL,a quiet time ( time when the student is quiet and observing) is to be expected. Of course I realize that this time of observation and possibly fear and anxiety varies from student to student. In the age of state testing and demanding curriculium is there...