Thursday, October 31, 2013

Beyond Venn Diagrams

I have always liked teaching with graphic organizers. I think they are a great way to visually represent concepts, and I also think that when used well, they can help teachers structure lessons more effectively. ReadWriteThink is a rich resource for graphic organizers and other printable classroom material, and I've collected a few of my favorite finds here.

Connecting To Material


The Connection Stems printable is a great way to do guided comprehension in a reading class, and I think this could work just as well with a listening class. The prompts are in very simple language, so it would be ideal in a lower level class or perhaps with higher level students grappling with a complicated topic. The Making Connections printable is more sophisticated, introducing the concepts of text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections, and it asks students to pick out specific quotes from a text and articulate their connections to those quotes (great for developing paraphrasing and citation skills). 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ñ Train

Dedicated to the 24% of New Yorkers who speak Spanish - check out the Z Street Art collective.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

1,000 Fans

We reached 1,000 fans on Facebook today! This is big news. More and more, prospective students prefer to communicate with us via Facebook, and current students rely on Facebook for school and program announcements. If something noteworthy happens in your classes, please get pictures and share with us so we can post and grow!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Talking About The Government Shutdown

If your students are confused by the government shutdown (imagine that!), this story by VOA News is written in simplified English, and attempts to explain particulars of the US system of government in plain terms. There is audio that accompanies that text, so students can listen and read at the same time.

This quiz at the New York Times Learning Network could serve as a nice introduction to the topic as well.