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A Poem for you

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A Poem To Remind Educators: Believe In Your Students And They Will Believe In Themselves by Mari Nosal, M.Ed., CECE

Oh teachers listen closely

For this you need to know

My future rests right in your palm

I need you as I grow

My destiny is yours to shape

By words you choose to use

Encourage me, tell me I’m great

Your power do not abuse

Believe in me and I will shine

I will not let you down

Give up on me and let me fail

My choice will be to drown

Please teach me all you know my friend

Do not give up and leave

And I will thrive because I knew

In me you did believe

I have the talent to succeed

But sometimes feel lost

Please help me so I find my way

No matter what the cost

Don’t leave me on the tough days

I need to know you’ll stay

For you help me to grow and learn

And assure me i’m o.k.

Support me, guide me, and teach me

My fate is up to you

For with your words I’ll fail or win

It is up to you you’ll see

Please don’t leave nor write me off

I am worthy of your time

I promise I’ll not fail you

To give up would be a crime

My future is up to you you’ll see

In you I do believe

I will succeed and fulfill my dreams

If you walk with me

In order for me to succeed

I can not walk alone

Don’t give up on me and walk away

My emotions will turn to stone

Teachers listen closely

I need your help today

Help now and I promise

I will make you proud one day

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Why is vocabualry development important for Reading Comprehenison

Vocabulary Development is Crucial for Reading Comprehension

Importance of Vocabulary Development in Acquiring Fluency in Children - The literate English vocabulary can pose difficulties for children who come from an English-speaking household as well. Certain words such as restore may be read in a book but the child is not acquainted with the word through life experience. Children who live in a low-income environment will most likely not know what renovate means, by comparison children from an affluent environment would most likely comprehend the definition of renovate in print due to exposure.

Read more on this link: http://marimouth.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/importance-of-vocabulary-development-in-aquiring-fluency-in-children/

In addition, check how this teacher helps her students to build vocabulary by looking at related words. Even though it is a HS class, the activity can easily be applied at the Elementary level.

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SIOP Tidbits

February Focus

Component 6: Practice & Application

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. And as we all know, learning takes practice.

Teachers must give students a chance to practice new material with careful teacher oversight to demonstrate mastery. The features under this component include:

20 - Hands-on materials /manipulatives provided for students to practice using new content knowledge

21 - Activities provided for students to apply content and language objectives.

22 - Activities integrate all language skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking.


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

Component 6: Practice and Application


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Technology Integration

Google Apps are revolutionizing how educators teach and students learn. Here are 10 ‘Golden Rules’ to consider when using them.http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/01/23/google-apps-rules-554/?

21st Century Education

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Contact Information

Denise Herkimer
Language Acquisition Specialist
Homestead and Polser Elementary
Homestead: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 469-713-5181
Polser: Tuesday and Thursday 469-713-5978