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January 6th Newsletter

New Year's Resolutions

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Most of us make new year's resolutions in our personal lives. But what about our professional lives? As the new year begins, we're ready to move forward, set goals and make some changes.


Here are some questions that might help you set new professional goals for 2014:


  • What did I do really well in 2013 that I’d like to build upon in 2014?
  • What is the “next step” of growth in a successful area that I should undertake?
  • How can I make my successes in 2014 a little bigger than the successes in 2013?
  • What is one habit I don’t have but should develop to make me more effective?
  • What is one area of weakness in my students that need to be addressed more directly?
  • Is there is a way to better target the range of preferences and skill levels in my students?
  • What is one opportunity that I missed in 2013?
  • What’s one promise I made to myself in 2013 that I broke?
  • Who do I want to eventually become as an educator?


Making changes, stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking risks is never easy. But what if you did? Then you would truly have some amazing things to celebrate next year!


Your New Year Resolutions Guide

By Jordan Catapano

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ELL Tidbit of the Week

I have two tips this week to get your new year started off right:


Every Student Gets a Chance

  1. Write a new concept or idea on the board and read it aloud.
  2. Ask a student to read it aloud.
  3. Continue to ask each student in your class to read it aloud.


ELL beginners are more comfortable repeating information after they've heard it.


Realia for Science and Social Studies

  1. Keep a clear shoe holder full of real life objects.
  2. Label each object.


This one is filled with school supplies. Can you imagine one filled with rocks and minerals? What about examples of liquids, solids and gases? Science and Social Studies concepts are more comprehensible if you provide realia for your ELLs.



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