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November Newsletter

I love Thanksgiving!

The first 9-weeks have passed and we are just a few weeks away from this anticipated holiday.

Learning new traditions and embracing the culture is part of the second language acquisition process. However, it is more than holidays and customs. Check these articles to further understand how culture affects language learning:



These past weeks, I have been in several classrooms, spoken with some of you, started pulling out and working with your students, and have been trying to get academic vocabulary out there to expose our kids to those words. I can't thank you enough for opening your doors to me and for giving me the chance to learn from you.

I am truly thankful for all my blessings, which include having this job and working with you! Hope you all have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

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SIOP Tidbits

November Focus

Component 3: Comprehensible Input

This SIOP component is about making conscious efforts to make a lesson understandable through a variety of means. It includes three features, which are 10-12 from the model:

10. Appropriate Speech - speak clearly to accommodate students’ proficiency level

11. Clear Explanation of Academic Tasks - spoken and written; step-by-step instructions; model/demonstrate; samples

12. Use of variety of ESL Techniques, such as expression and body language, slower rate (thinking time), pauses between phrases, sentence strips, repeated exposure to vocabulary and concepts, restate for understanding, hands-on materials, visuals and/or realia, demos, graphic organizers, multimedia resources, previewing of material, among others.


Adapted from Making Content Comprehensible for English Language Learners, The SIOP Model by Jana Echevarria, Mary Ellen Vogt and Deborah J. Short.


Look for more SIOP ideas on Pinterest and pin them on your own board!


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Technology Integration

Technology Integration

Look for more technology-related educational tools for your -and your students'- needs here:


Use this Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) to learn how you can enhance learning in your classroom


Denise Herkimer

Language Acquisition Specialist
Homestead and Polser Elementary

Homestead Elementary Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays 469-713-5181

Polser Elementary Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 469-713-5978