Mike Bowden ESL Notes
Weeks of December 7th to January 15th
Preparing Your ELL Students for Winter Break
What impact will that have on learning in the first two or three weeks of January?
Preparing For Break
Your ELL student may need leveled library books to take home for the break. When you are meeting with reading groups you can discuss what books the students plan to read and who will listen to them read aloud. Lack of books indicates a need for you to pack some to send home.
It is common for students to say no one will listen. This where you tell them, "No problem - some kids read to their dog or other pet. Some read to a stuffed animal.
Any practice is better than no practice."
During the Break
You can boost the effectiveness of the at-home reading by sending index cards with discussion ideas. Address the reading elements important to your grade and curriculum, such as character traits, connections to other books, other choices the characters could have made to solve/resolve problems.
These discussion notes enable your ELL to engage with the content beyond the recall and knowledge level.
Returning From the Break
Your ELL students may need extra support for two or three weeks to recover their fluency and immediacy.
Sentence starters, response frames, ideas from work partners and extended waiting/processing time are a few scaffolds you can provide.
Schedule & Availability
Tuesday Dec 8 - Forest Vista
Wednesday Dec 9 - Forest Vista
Thursday Dec 10 - Coaching Day 3 at the Bolin Center, not on campus
Friday Dec 11- Coaching Day 4 at the Bolin Center, not on campus
Monday Dec 14 - Flower Mound morning only
Language Acquisition Department meeting at CCE afternoon
Tuesday Dec 15 - Forest Vista morning only
Content Connection with Koby Stringer at Central Elementary
Wednesday Dec 16 - Forest Vista
Thursday Dec 17 - Flower Mound
Friday Dec 18 - Forest Vista
Monday Jan 4 - Flower Mound
Tuesday Jan 5 - Forest Vista
Wednesday Jan 6 - Forest Vista
Thursday Jan 7 - Flower Mound
Friday Jan 8 - Forest Vista
Monday Jan 11 - Flower Mound morning only
LAS Conclave at the Timber Creek Admin Building afternoon
Tuesday Jan 12 - Forest Vista
Wednesday Jan 13 - Forest Vista
Thursday Jan 14 - Flower Mound morning only
Cooperative Learning at the Bolin Center afternoon
Friday Jan 15 - Forest Vista