Did You Know...

January 2016

Muslim girls wear hijabs because they believe that God asked people, women in particular, to dress modestly and draw veils over their body?

At the age of 15, many families let their daughters choose whether to wear it or not. Making the decision to wear it or not is personal and religious.

Read about one teen choosing to wear her head covering at this website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11120588/Muslim-women-reveal-why-they-wear-the-veil-burqa-school-debate.html

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Did you know that social language develops in just 2-3 years, but academic language proficiency takes at least 5-7?

ELs can acquire basic social language skills (BICS) in only 2-3 years. Cognitive academic language (CALP), on the other hand, takes 5-7 years under ideal conditions to reach a level equivalent to their native speaking peers.

Read more about BICS, CALP, and ways to help students in your classroom here:http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/academic-language-and-ells-what-teachers-need-know.

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