How can I create a welcoming classroom environment, while setting high academic expectations, for my ELLs? Carol Dweck writes, "It's not about immediate perfection. It's about leaving something over time: confronting a challenge and making progress (p. 24).
Focus question: How might complex identities impact human decision-making?
In Reading and Writing classes, students will create portfolios that demonstrate their ability to collect, understand, interpret, and connect information about the world around them in order to develop a "fixed/growth mindset analysis" of characters in their independently-selected readings. Students utilize benefits of "flash feedback" and instructional emphasis on executive functioning and self-regulation skills. Writing and reading strategies are explicitly taught through the Visible Thinking strategies. There are a variety of graphic and information organizers used to guide students in demonstrating their thinking.
Focus question: How might reading widely contribute to intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth?
Reading and Writing Portfolios
From my Darwin International Academy Saturday Reading and Writing Classes.
Advocating for Dual Language Use
This Desk Sheet gives the quick need-to-knows about dual language use in the classroom, and how it deeply benefits ELLs. Use it when you need to advocate for students' first languages in your classroom.