The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and hope is spreading all around us. Yes, it's spring!
This year, we needed the signs of new life that spring brings more than ever.
Whether your students are in the classroom or joining you from home, consider all the ways you can bring fresh life into their daily learning experience. Perhaps you'll adopt a class bunny (for the courageous!), plant seeds, or go on a geometry treasure hunt in nature.
Some of my favorite writing lessons came from taking students outside in the spring to observe and write about the growing flora and fauna. One spring we fit all our writing standards into an insect unit. We wrote insect poetry, scientific journaling on the butterfly life cycle (watching pupas emerge in the classroom), creative writing inspired by Chris Van Allsburg's, Two Bad Ants, and of course our very own entomologist reports on each student's insect of choice.
Those of you already teaching with GLAD® strategies...
We love collaborating with language specialists during GLAD® trainings!
At the beginning of the week they consult with us on how to focus their energy and where to start.
By the end of the week they teach us new answers to the age old question:
The following are ideas we have gleaned from professionals in the field, like you.
Push-in to their classroom, or better yet, embark on co-teaching during your times with their students. Find ways to share the load and try new things.
For example, the classroom teacher does an Input chart and the language specialist leads the ELD review with a small group or a word card review with the whole class. Collaborate to find other ways to focus on the language demands of what is going on in the regular classroom through GLAD® strategies.
The scent of hot laminate wafting through the workroom is a smell all educators are familiar with! The pile of items to be laminated at the beginning of the school year or when creating a GLAD® unit could rival the Eiffel tower and is somehow synonymous with productivity.
Laminate item that will be stored and used again so you only have to create them once:
That's pretty much it!
In order to take full advantage of the language functional environment you have created leave everything else as paper charts. This gives you and the students the freedom to interact with the charts on a daily basis. Add information, revise, sketch, highlight, post pictures.
Laminating black line charts, inputs, or chants and then using vis-a-vis or dry erase markers to process is an idea that many...