21
December
2018

Content Area & PWIM

PWIM (Picture Word Inductive Model) is a great strategy for introducing a unit or reviewing what has been learned in a unit. As a strategy PWIM helps with building academic vocabulary while providing opportunities for students to share their thoughts orally, and be able to experience the content language visually. The versatility of PWIM is […]

04
September
2018

Welcome Back!!!

Welcome back!!! Here a few ideas to help English language learners that may be new to your class, school and community: Give students time to adjust and acclimatize to not only a new language but the routines that may be very different from previous school experiences It is okay (and normal) for a student to […]

14
May
2018

ELL Communication Skills

One strategy that can be used in every content area and every level is group work (2s, 3s, or more) to build communication skills.  Building opportunities into the day for students to discuss and use specific language skills in order to build: Speaking fluency Listening skills Asking & answering questions Negotiating for a purpose Academic […]

12
March
2018

Resources

Wanted to share a quick list of a few web based resources for helping with English Language learners develop their English skills.   Always preview a website prior to use: for safety to be familiar with the content, to better help show an ELL student where to go on the site.  

12
March
2018

Save the Date

On May 11, 2018 in the Dr. Kearney Middle School Library, we will be doing an English Language Learning session for teachers K – 12 to discuss strategies and connections to curriculum.  Bring a lesson, unit and a piece of technology to work with for the afternoon.

10
January
2018

Welcome 2018!!!

Welcome back & Happy New Year!!! Here is a poster with some strategies for working with English Language Learners in the classroom. If you open the poster link, you will be able to connect with the websites on the poster, (I really like the PWIM video!) ELL Poster1

28
August
2017

Draft ELL Standards

Last spring we were able to get our first look at the new English Language Learning standards draft from the Ministry of Education.   The graphic below shows four areas that have an impact on a ELL students learning needs.  These areas can provide a considerable amount of information about our students and can provide a […]

09
March
2017

Ways to help develop English skills for Kindergarten

A question was recently asked: How do families new to Canada get their preschoolers ready for Kindergarten? This brought to mind how often our ELL students often have younger siblings at home who will be entering our schools and will be learning English. Here are a few ideas to for new families that may help […]

13
January
2017

Excited for PWIM!!

Planning  and getting excited for the upcoming Picture Word Inductive Model or PWIM session for January 27, 2017. PWIM is a strategy that can offer an entry point to every student.  Here are some of the examples of the PWIM strategy being used in our district shared from staff at Robert Ogilvie Elementary. A quote […]

23
November
2016

Cultural Differences

How come…? Why…? Sometimes, the why an ELL is not doing the expected behaviour is due to cultural differences. A student might not understand why you want them to look you in the eye or why you want an opinion opposed the “right answer” during a class discussion or a written assignment simply because those […]