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Bite Size PD

The Purpose of the 1-5-15 Bulletin

The purpose of the 1-5-15 is to offer quick notes on relevant educational topics. We can all agree that time is at a premium for every educator. Finding available time to complete meaningful PD can be difficult, although ultimately rewarding. That’s where the 1-5-15 bulletin comes in! The idea is to maximize the spare minutes we have when we can, and when we choose to.

My hope is that whether you have 1, 5, or 15 minutes that this bulletin, and the content within it will have an impact on you, and your classroom. Furthermore, I hope that the topics shared spur further conversation with your students, and colleagues. Enjoy!

1 Minute

What Learning a New Language Taught Me.

Educators can sometimes feel pressured to "get through" the curriculum, that it’s easy to forget the emotional energy required to learn another language. Justin Garcia, an English Language Co-teacher in Chiang Mai International School in northern Thailand, shares his experience learning a new language.

Read full article here.

5 Minutes

How do schools promote equity among students?

Pedro Noguera, executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, discusses the term equity and the forces that sometimes prevent schools from providing children with equitable outcomes.

15 Minutes

Cultural Competency. Considering your classroom library.

Emily Francis discusses the idea of how a book reflects a readers' identity. The problem is the lack of access to diverse books for students to actually see themselves reflected in books. This is worrisome because "when children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about who they are devalued in the society of which they are a part of."

Read full article here: Mirror, Mirror, on the Shelf

Great collection of authentic books for ELs organized by theme.


What's Happening?

Engaging Interventions with ELL's

Thank you to Pawan Birak, LSS teacher at Dave Kandal, for welcoming me into your classroom to share how you are incorporating the Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Interventions as part of your daily routine. Pawan provides targeted, intensive small group instruction which supplements classroom literacy teaching. Knowing that ELLs can benefit greatly from having multiple opportunities to interact with text as it helps them develop fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, Pawan structures engaging activities for students, such as Reader's Theater. Her next steps are to make short videos of the students and share them with parents. Thank you for sharing your expertise with me, and your colleagues!

Language Is Culture

Thank you to Kenton Born who spearheaded a three part Cultural Competency Series! Cultural competence is the ability to successfully teach students who come from a culture or cultures other than our own. It entails developing certain personal and interpersonal awareness and sensitivities, understanding certain bodies of cultural knowledge, and mastering a set of skills that, underlie effective cross-cultural teaching and culturally responsive teaching. Kenton, an ELL teacher at Clearbrook Elementary, reached out to me as "he wanted to learn some Punjabi in order to be able to teach his students and connect with families more effectively". His request has now resulted in "Cultural Competency 101", which will consist of 3 after school sessions starting November 7, 2018. Thank you for sharing your vision Kenton!