Everything English: My Manifesto by Sara Galbreath
This document was created for CEP 815: Technology and Leadership.
The resources and links included in this document detail the knowledge and information utilized as the English Language Learning (ELL) teacher in my building (K-5). In addition, these resources also provide opportunities to increase my knowledge in a variety of specific domains including Language Instruction, Parental Involvement, Classroom Management and Technology, among others. It is my desire that the websites, books, and other resources included here will help me to continually improve myself as an educator and as a person.
Table of Contents Follow the links below to learn more about each section of my manifesto, as well as related resources.
• Language Instruction • Listening & Speaking • Reading • Writing • Professional • Assessments • Parental Involvement • Classroom Management • Technology • Lifelong Learning
Language Instruction These resources are the foundation of my teaching. They give me specific information about how to reach my unique group of learners: ELLs. Table of Contents
WIDA - This national consortium of states provides language standards and assessments for ELL students. I use this site to keep up to date with standards, as well as professional development opportunities that they provide focused on ELLs.
Center on Instruction – ELL - This site provides free webinars, online courses and other professional literature for ELL teachers. I use this site to stay up to date with best practices for language learners, as well as to find new strategies to reach my students. I also often suggest this site to classroom teachers who want to know more about how to help their ELL students.
Supporting the Literacy Development of English Learners: Increasing Success in All Classrooms by Terrell A. Young & Nancy L. Hadaway
This is a great overall resource for information about the special needs of ELL students. This book also provides specific strategies for each proficiency level and ways to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of ELLs.
Area, and Language Instruction by Christina M. Celic
This book specifically addresses how to teach content to ELLs. Chapter 5 is especially helpful in its discussion of teaching academic vocabulary.
Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School This publication just released from the U.S. Department of Education looks to be a quite useful resource for teaching academic vocabulary, something ELLs really struggle with. The ELL staff at my corporation will study this article and share important information with the rest of our staff.
English Language Learners Day by Day K-6: A Complete Guide to Literacy, Content-
These resources are the foundation of my teaching. They give me specific information about how to reach my unique group of learners: ELLs. Table of Contents
Speaking Listening Speaking and listening are important skills to develop when learning a new language. These resources are used to support students as they increase their oral skills.
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Helping your students to listen to Englishâ€¨ This is a unit for an online course offered through The Open University. Although it is tailored for secondary educators in India who teach English, there are many great strategies suggested for helping my elementary students with their listening skills. The case studies are particularly helpful. I have used the Listen and Draw method with my students and I find it helpful for increasing listening comprehension and attention to detail. All of the units included in this course offer helpful information for ELLs.
Phonetics: The Sounds of American English - Sounds are often difficult for ELLs to hear, produce, and distinguish. This online tool is an incredible resource that demonstrates every sound in the English language. My students in particular confuse the sounds /f/, /v/, and /th/. Being able to see a demonstration of the placement of the lips and tongue, as well as the audio of the sound, makes this a favorite tool for speaking practice.
! Making Sense: Small-Group Comprehension !Lessons for English Language Learners by Juli Kendall & Outey Khuon !Comprehension is a struggle for my ELL !students. This book answers many
questions I have about my students and also offers many ideas and strategies to build comprehension at all proficiency levels.
Read Works - This site has been a favorite of mine for several years. It provides free, engaging, high-quality, research-based units focusing on comprehension skills and strategies for K-8. Lessons, passages, and questions promote higher-order thinking skills.
Reading Support for Spanish-Speaking Students in Elementary Classrooms This webinar details the many differences between the Spanish and English languages and how these differences impact reading and comprehension for elementary students. I often suggest this resource to classroom teachers who are starting the RTI (Response to Intervention) process with an ELL student.
As a teacher, it is my responsibility to prepare my students to read and understand challenging texts. With these resources, I am better able to differentiate instruction for my students’ unique needs. Table of Contents
Writing Mini Lessons for Primary Grades by Mrs. Meacham
This page is full of everything you could possible need for Writer’s Workshop including lessons, checklists, rubrics and assessments. I use this site as a resource to support and supplement what classroom teachers do with their students during Writer’s Workshop.
! Students are expected to be able to explain their thinking in writing, using the text as evidence to support a point of view. Writing entails a complex set of skills that takes many years to master.
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Thoughtful Logs - Life in 4B by Miss Bonger
I love this resource that details how to use Thoughtful Logs with the Comprehensive Literacy Model. Miss Bonger provides detailed explanations of each part along with examples and pictures. What I like about this kind of journal is that it connects reading, writing, and all subjects. This kind of connection of subject matter is something that is beneficial to all students, but especially helpful for my ELLs. The emphasis here is using the text to guide and influence your writing. I think the student self-assessment piece is especially helpful for students to become independent writers and thinkers.
RISE - This site provides information on Indianaâ€™s teacher evaluation system, RISE. I can learn about each subsection of the rubric and find examples of effective practices. It is helpful to review ! this information before a formal observation.
!! Connection - This site was ! Learning created by the Indiana Department of ! Education as a way to easily
disseminate information to all educators across the state. I visit this site several times a week for student information, test scores and growth data.
Curriculum Loft â€“ Corporation curriculum materials and resources are uploaded and readily accessible including content timelines and quarterly assessments with this cloud-based service.
Indiana Department of Education On this site I can find information about standards, licensing, testing, as well as corporation and school data.
These websites keep me up to date with current happenings in education across the state of Indiana, as well as at the local school corporation level. Table of Contents
Assessments I work each day to help prepare my students for standardized tests. These resources give me information on what skills each test assesses and how to best prepare students. Table of Contents
Office of Student Assessmentâ€¨ I visit this site often to find information about three different standardized tests I am responsible for administering throughout the school year: LAS Links, ISTEP+, and IREAD. I reference Appendix C for guidance with accommodations for my ELLs.
NWEAâ€¨ While our students participate in a variety of summative tests listed above, we also find it helpful to have formative data on our students as well. NWEA is given to students at the beginning, middle and end of the school year. Results are provided immediately. This data provides a clearer picture of growth over a school year than oncea-year tests.
Test taking strategiesâ€¨ We have to teach the content, as well as prepare students for the test itself. I use this presentation with my 3rd-5th grade students. It is a good overview of test taking tips and strategies to be successful.
Reading Activities for Parents and English Language Learners: Keys to !Working Together to Achieve Success
Broward County Public Schools in Florida !by This is a very thorough and well !organized resource for parents of ELLs dealing with all aspects of reading. Our !ELL staff is currently working to translate
a similar document into Spanish for parents in our corporation.
Parent Involvement: Strategies for Success by Sue Bitsko, Donna Phipps, Alice Roehrs, & Marge Barnheiser
This 159-page document details how to build strong and positive relationships with parents for the benefit of students. This is a great resource for administrators and teachers.
Colorín Colorado What I love about this site is that it is completely bilingual – English & Spanish. I often include the link to this site in my monthly newsletters as it provides information for families of ELLs, particularly about reading and succeeding in school.
Parental involvement is very important at our school. Language is often a barrier. These resources are for parents, as well as for teachers who which to increase parent input. Table of Contents
Classroom Management These resources give me ideas to keep students engaged and excited about learning, as well as how to create a positive learning environment. Table of Contents
Connected Learning Assures Student Success
This program intersects community, climate, and curriculum together in meaningful and purposeful ways. I think this program has helped to build a positive environment in our school, one that is focused on doing the right thing and treating people right.
Whole Brain Teachingâ€¨ I appreciate that these classroom management strategies are based on research about the brain including concepts of collaboration, movement, and engagement. Students feel empowered and take ownership of their behavior and learning.
Bucket Fillersâ€¨ I love all of the resources on this site. The focus of these best-selling and award-winning books is about those small gestures to show kindness that in turn help us to feel happy about ourselves.
Cool Tools for Schools I love that this site breaks down Web 2.0 tools into categories making it easy to look for an appropriate tool for a project.
! ! 21 Things 4 the 21st Century Educator This is an incredible technology ! resource for teachers. I am planning ! professional development workshops
for my colleagues for next year and would like to use this site as a basis for our learning.
Larry Ferlazzo Websites of the Day… This is an award-winning blog that is updated daily with reviews and links to English language technology resources. I try to check this site a few times each week to find new tools for my students.
Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything This is my go-to site for everything related to technology and education including apps, digital literacy, and online collaboration.
There are too many resources to list in this category! These are my favorite technology resources for learning in general and for my ELLs in particular. Table of Contents
Lifelong Learning As a teacher, I model a love of learning to my students. I am constantly seeking new knowledge and ways to better myself as an educator and a person. There is always something new to discover!
MAET I am in my final year in the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. Each semester I gain knowledge and experience new ideas.
Project-Based Learning (PBL) by The Buck Institute for Education
My school has just started integrating PBL into the curriculum. I have attended workshops, but still have a lot to learn about this integrated style of learning.
TED – Ideas worth spreading So many great topics to learn about from experts in the field on TED’s website. I try to find at least one interesting video to watch each week usually focused on education or psychology, but I like to branch out into physics, economics or leadership from time to time. I always learn something new when I watch a TED talk and like to share what I learned with friends and family.
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Conclusion Thank you for joining me on my journey of knowledge. There are many different pieces of information I utilize as a teacher, and so much more information I have yet to understand and master. It is a continual process of growth and change, with something new always around the next corner! START