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WELCOME TO THE 2017 - 2018 SCHOOL YEAR!!!

We are so proud of the community we have created here for all teachers working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students. Here, you will find resources that will make this year your best year yet!

This is YOUR space. Visit this community often to ask questions, to receive suggestions or feedback, and to even add your own expertise to a discussion topic! Check weekly for suggested lesson topics, resources to help approach common CLD struggles, links to Virtual Learning Experiences, and so much more to ensure we are creating a level playing field for all of our students.

HAPPY NEW (school) YEAR!!!
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This new school year is a great opportunity to prepare a welcoming environment for your Culturally & Linguistically Diverse students, especially those who might be new to the country or to your school!

This article, How to Create a Welcoming Classroom Environment from Colorin Colorado, outlines easy to follow suggestions that are easy to implement and will help shift your classroom into a direction of inclusiveness.

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The CLD Content Community will be on vacation for the month of June but we will be back later this summer with a new schedule of Virtual Learning Experiences and resources to share for the new school year!

Take a break& focus on maintaining your JOY- YOU DESERVE IT!!!

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The last VLE for this year is helpful for our reading teachers or any teacher working to differentiate between learning disabilities and language needs for reading!

This resource is helpful for a teacher to understand the key features of English syntax in comparison to another language. Teachers can use this resource to see if the errors they are seeing are due to language shifts or with learning itself. This might be a good resource to bookmark and refer to in future school years!

http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/langdiff/

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SURVIVE & THRIVE DURING TESTING ||

YOU ARE ALL SO VERY APPRECIATED! This #TeacherAppreciationWeek might be overlapping with testing but that does not mean more stressing. Y'all have done great work in your classrooms this year! This is a list of 6 ways to help our kiddos shed stress during testing. Be sure to check the rules of your school and district before engaging in any activities on test day!!!

I especially liked #6:

"We can encourage our students to write out their sadness or worries on small sheets of paper to be tossed in a basket before an assignment or test. Research reports that when we write out any worry or concern before a test, we create space and cognitive capacity in the working memory."

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WORDS MATTER! | This resource is full of engaging descriptions and examples that break down the task of reading in math. If you scroll through, you will also find resources that can be of immediate use in your classroom be it through helpful visuals or helpful word choices to help break down concepts. Our goal for our CLD learners, and all of our learners, is independence! When we set them up with skills and strategies to understand the reading needed for math, we are setting them up for future success.

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MATH ANCHOR CHART IDEAS! | Many of our CLD learners benefit from extra support when approaching math word problems as they have less familiarity with necessary vocabulary. Creating anchor charts with the key words for each operation suggested in this article could be very helpful in your CLD classroom!

http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/reading-and-understanding-written-math-problems

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VIDEO | TEACHING MATH TO ELLs-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SN4AkhEsqQ

This video explains common labels in the field of English as a Second Language and reviews Cognitive Academic Language—the English that should be taught, learned, and acquired in every K-12, English Language Institute, and university classroom-- including the math classroom! It explains what is difficult in math for English Language Learners and provides suggestions for what you can do to address those needs in your classroom.

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RUBRIC GENERATOR!

Consistent rubric use is a surefire way to ensure assignment expectations are being understood and students have an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to the very best of their ability. Not to mention, rubrics make the process of grading and analyzing mastery a breeze.

This website offers sample rubrics as well as the option to create your own rubric for immediate use in the classroom.

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SPEAKING/LISTENING RUBRICS- VLE

This virtual learning experience is important for any classroom that has culturally and linguistically diverse kiddos. While we often track ELL reading and writing progress, we often do not have a way of tracking their speaking and listening progress! This module explores creating/utilizing rubrics and effective CFUs to assess oral language proficiency.

http://tfaculturallyandlinguisticallydiverse.weebly.com/designing-rubrics-to-assess-oral-language-proficiency.html
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