The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming. That means it's assessment season! Sorry, you'll never look at spring the same way again.
Whether gearing up for a classroom-based assessment or one that is more formal, teachers usually ask,
"Does the GLAD® model include any strategies for summative assessment, or to help students prepare for summative assessment?"
The Graffiti Wall is just such a strategy! We don't often have time to model it in a training, so if you haven't seen it yet here are some tips.
Over the past year we all had to pivot our work and discover innovative ways to use GLAD® strategies online. Just like you, we've experimented with a number of online tools to deliver our instruction to students without diminishing the rationale and power of GLAD®.
A tip when creating a digital activity is to ask yourself,
If the later is true, then it's not the tool for you. Keep looking for a way to deliver your GLAD® instruction that retains the language development aspects of the model.
Many of our initial ideas were scrapped, but we persevered, found work-arounds for app limitations and gleaned great ideas from others along the way. And we're still at it - continually developing new ideas to take us forward into hybrid learning!
We've highlighted a few online tutorials in...
Going asynchronous with Pictorials, Graphic Organizers or Comparative Input Charts? Keep engagement high with short video chunks and interactive engagement.
Spoiler alert - today's online tip is based on a FREE app and works with any video lesson! Quick and easy!
Are you as eager to start the New Year as we are? This year, consider giving yourself, your team, staff or district a jumpstart with ACCELERATION.
Acceleration is language rich PD that answers the questions and provides the support teachers need now to meet the needs of their language learners (and the rest of their class) whether you're online, onsite or going hybrid.
Your 6 week session provides weekly strategy support, community encouragement and online tips.
Acceleration BEGINS JANUARY 19th, so spread the word and get ready for a refreshing and energizing launch to a NEW YEAR!
We can't wait...
There's so much to learn from each other this year! This certainly includes how to adapt GLAD® strategies for online applications. We have had so much fun creating mini tutorials featuring one or more GLAD strategies! Check it out!
You can see this and many others in the Community feature of the year-long Path to Proficiency. We post new App tutorials monthly and sometimes twice monthly. We also post weekly within the 6-week Acceleration online PD.
Time is running out to join us for these timely and valuable online PD opportunities. The registration deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is Monday, November 9th!
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The creativity and accessibility of online tools and apps is stimulating, invigorating and downright addictive. The choices can sometimes be overwhelming!
During the past couple of months, we've been working with teachers in our online Next Steps with Project GLAD® Acceleration Community to brainstorm simple ways of connecting the apps you're already using for distance learning with the Project GLAD® strategies you know and love.
We’d like to share some of the ideas for apps other teachers use.
Have fun with this!
Perhaps you have other ideas and suggestions - let us know! We love to grow with you!
App / Features / Strategy
QR codes - Use phone camera to scan and open a website
Padlet - Embed, Post, Link, Collaborate
Kahoot, Poll Everywhere - Polls, Quizzes
In our March Monthly Tips we talked about using the Interactive Journal as a way to connect with students and build relationships even when we’re apart. This month we’re focusing on connecting remotely with our ELs to integrate SEL into our language development lessons.
During the past several months, social emotional learning (SEL) has taken on greater importance. For some, interacting with our students and creating a feeling of safety and security has been the primary focus of our online interactions, before we can dive back into academic content.
Use this as an opportunity to put aside your regular curriculum and find out what your students are interested in knowing more about. Are they interested in sports, music, current events, fashion, or animals? This connection of relevance is a great launching pad for language lessons.
The Project GLAD® model advocates for a focus on strong oral language development to build...
During trainings when teachers ask about our stance on using GLAD® strategies electronically, we always reply that the sky is the limit. Use your imagination, current apps and available hardware when transitioning to electronic use of the strategies.
The caveat would be to make sure a language functional environment is intact. When the computer is turned off, where is the content and language scaffolding coming from if not on the walls?
In today’s world of virtual classrooms, we advocate for the use of recorded input charts for direct instruction of content and language.
Consider recording yourself doing a pictorial on an 81/2 x 11 paper. Include all the key steps in delivery that you would normally do in person:
We're thinking of you and want to support you any way we can as you support your students!
We're all under a tremendous amount of stress right now as we navigate this pandemic, professionally and personally. The families and students we serve are feeling the stress, too. Those of us entrusted with community leadership positions: first responders, health care professionals, religious leaders, and teachers share the responsibility of caring for others at the same time caring for our families and ourselves.
Interactive Journals can be a way to stay connected with your students and provide an outlet for them to share what's on their mind, even remotely.
Image by Jody Bader www.nextstepsprojectglad.com
“While we minimize our physical connections, it is essential that we maximize our emotional connections. We can all help our loved ones every day, electronically.” Gov. Jay Inslee
Consider setting up...
Mumble, grumble. Grumble, mumble... Tired of teams complaining about each other? November is a perfect time to kick complaining to the curb with an attitude of gratitude and appreciation among your teams.
Move Over Grumbling - Gratitude Coming Through
Showing appreciation through what we do and say to our teammates is learned skill that can be explicitly taught through the TGraph for Social Skills.
What might an appreciation TGraph look like? We're so glad you asked!
Here's a example to get you started…
In order for students to earn team points, what they say or do needs to be on the TGraph for Social Skills first. So if you see, or want to see, the specific skills underlying appreciation -- add it to the chart so students can start earning points for applying that skills within their teams.
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