Friday, October 18, 2019

Breaking Down the Wall

Round 22.0 of #EllChat_BkClub will kick of November 16th with:


As soon as I heard about this collaboration between many of our beloved #EllChat_BkClub authors, I knew we had to read it! I've been waiting patiently for months and I am so happy to finally have my hands on it. Special thanks to Corwin Press for generously sending me a review copy!

Politically, the title of this book feels timely. Educationally, the content of this book is needed. 

The book is organized into 9 essential "shifts" for English learner success that showcase the expertise and wisdom of so many esteemed leaders in our field. 

Check out this ROCKSTAR lineup!

Margarita Espino Calderón: @calderonexc
Diane Staehr Fenner: @DStaehrFenner
Andrea Honigsfeld: @AndreaHonigsfel
Shawn Slakk: @ABCD2Sco
Debbie Zacarian: @DebbieZacarian
Maria G Dove: @MariaGDove
Margo Gottlieb: @margogottlieb
Tonya Ward Singer: @TonyaWardSinger
Ivannia Soto: @drivannia

Make sure to follow them on Twitter as I know many of them are excited to join our chat and connect with us as we read their work! 

The reading schedule for this round is as follows:


I will post weekly questions on Twitter and also archive them here, so you can access all of the questions in one place. 

Week 1 Questions
Week 2 Questions
Week 3 Questions
Week 4 Questions

If you choose to respond to the weekly questions, please identify which one you’re responding to in your tweet (2A1, 2A2) Please note: The number before the Q indicates which week of the chat we are in, so 2A1 would indicate the answer to question 1 from week 2. Remember that you are not limited to these questions. Post a pic of your highlighted text, your favorite quotes, meaningful ideas, book snaps, your own questions, and connections to other texts!! 

#EllChat_BkClub is a slow chat, so you can post at any time throughout the week and throughout the chat. You can also post about questions or topics from previous weeks. It's all good as long as you are learning! 

For this chat, we will be using the following hashtags:

#BreakingDownTheWall  
#EllChat_BkClub 22.0
Feel free to also tag the authors of the chapters you are reading and @CorwinPress

To get started: 

1. Post your #bookie (a photo of yourself with your copy of the book!
2. Introduce yourself on our Breaking Down the Wall Flipgrid

Please reach out if you have any questions!
@Toppel_ELD
katie.toppel@gmail.com

If you are new to #EllChat_BkClub, check out the resources in this post for more information about how to participate. 



Friday, September 13, 2019

Latina Teachers

Round 21.0 kicks of September 15th with our next book:

by Glenda M. Flores


One of the things I love the most about #EllChat_BkClub is that book selections happen organically and often come directly from members of our PLN. This book was suggested by Cindy Pico & Emily Francis and we are so excited to have Emily Francis (@emilyfranESL) leading this round!

The reading schedule is as follows: 



If you choose to respond to the weekly questions, please identify which one you’re responding to in your tweet (2A1, 2A2) Please note: The number before the Q indicates which week of the chat we are in, so 2A1 would indicate the answer to question 1 from week 2. Remember that you are not limited to these questions. Post a pic of your highlighted text, your favorite quotes, meaningful ideas, book snaps, your own questions, and connections to other texts!! 

#EllChat_BkClub is a slow chat, so you can post at any time throughout the week and throughout the chat. You can also post about questions or topics from previous weeks. It's all good as long as you are learning! 

For this chat, we will be using the following hashtags:

#EllChat_BkClub 21.0 
#LatinaTeachers
Also, please tag the author @GlendaMFlores

To get started: 
1. Post your #bookie (a photo of yourself with your copy of the book!)
2. Introduce yourself on our #LatinaTeachers Flipgrid

Please reach out if you have any questions!
@Toppel_ELD
katie.toppel@gmail.com



If you are new to #EllChat_BkClub, check out the resources in this post for more information about how to participate. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Language Lens for Content Classrooms

Welcome to #EllChat_BkClub 20.0 featuring 
The Language Lens for Content Classrooms by Sarah Ottow. 


Sarah is CEO/Executive Director and Founder of Confianza LLC. She is also an Independent Consultant focusing on improving outcomes for diverse populations by reinforcing relationship skills and value-identification.
Read more about Sarah here
We are super excited about this book, which focuses on the need for ALL teachers to have a language lens in order to ensure academic language instruction is included  across all content areas and throughout the day for English learners and academic language learners alike! 


Our reading schedule is as follows: 



Questions will be posted weekly on twitter (typically on each Saturday) and I will also link the questions here so you can easily come back to this post and find links to questions from all of the weeks in one place.

Week 1 Questions
Week 2 Questions
Week 3 Questions

ELL Confianza blog posts referenced in the text

If you choose to respond to the weekly questions, please identify which one you’re responding to in your tweet (2A1, 2A2) Please note: The number before the Q indicates which week of the chat we are in, so 2A1 would indicate the answer to question 1 from week 2. Remember that you are not limited to these questions. Post a pic of your highlighted text, your favorite quotes, meaningful ideas, book snaps, your own questions, and connections to other texts!! 

#EllChat_BkClub is a slow chat, so you can post at any time throughout the week and throughout the chat. You can also post about questions or topics from previous weeks. It's all good as long as you are learning! 

For this chat, we will be using the following hashtags:

#EllChat_BkClub 20.0 
#LanguageLens
Also, please tag the author @SarahOttow

To get started: 
1. Post your #bookie (a photo of yourself with your copy of the book!
2. Introduce yourself on our #LanguageLens Flipgrid 

Please reach out if you have any questions!
@Toppel_ELD
katie.toppel@gmail.com

If you are new to #EllChat_BkClub, check out the resources in this post for more information about how to participate. 


Monday, July 1, 2019

Distinguishing Language Acquisition from Learning Disabilities

Welcome to #EllChat_BkClub 19.0! 

Summer break is such a great time to relax, regroup, refresh....and READ!

Our next book is Supporting English Learners in the Classroom: Best Practices for Distinguishing Language Acquisition from Learning Disabilities by Eric M. Haas and Julie Esparza Brown. 


Round 19.0 is our second #EllChat_BkClub round for summer 2019 and I am particularly excited for our next book because one of the authors, Dr. Julie Esparza Brown, has been a mentor to me for years! Julie was one of my professors at Portland State University when I added my ESOL endorsement. She taught, and still teaches, the course on working with ELs who have special needs. Then, she was my advisor when I completed my master's project and she was on my doctoral committee when I wrote and defended my dissertation. Her research and knowledge about serving English learners who also have disabilities is pertinent to our field and an area where so many of us crave more knowledge!


Also, Julie recently received a promotion at Portland State to the highest rank as full professor. Currently only 1% of full professors in the U.S. are Latina. Julie is paving the way as a Latina leader in the field! She is also learning how to navigate Twitter because she is eager to participate in our chat and interact with our #PLN as we read her work. 


We are going to take the next 4 weeks to dive into this text and learn about what considerations are necessary when working with ELs who are struggling in order to determine if their needs are due to language or due to disabilities. 

Our reading schedule is as follows: 


I will post weekly questions on twitter (typically on each Saturday) and I will also link the questions here so you can easily come back to this post and find links to questions from all of the weeks in one place.

Week 1 Questions
Week 2 Questions 
Week 3 Questions
Week 4 Questions

If you choose to respond to the weekly questions, please identify which one you’re responding to in your tweet (2A1, 2A2) Please note: The number before the Q indicates which week of the chat we are in, so 2A1 would indicate the answer to question 1 from week 2. Remember that you are not limited to these questions. Post a pic of your highlighted text, your favorite quotes, meaningful ideas, book snaps, your own questions, and connections to other texts!! 

#EllChat_BkClub is a slow chat, so you can post at any time throughout the week and throughout the chat. You can also post about questions or topics from previous weeks. It's all good as long as you are learning! 

For this chat, we will be using the following hashtags:

#EllChat_BkClub 19.0 
#DistinguishingELandSPED
Also, please tag the author @docjebrown

Please reach out if you have any questions!
@Toppel_ELD
katie.toppel@gmail.com


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Growing Language & Literacy

Welcome to #EllChat_BkClub 18.0 
featuring
Growing Language & Literacy
by Andrea Honigsfeld


We are so excited to have the amazing Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld back for the third time as an author participating in our chat. In previous rounds, we read Collaboration and Co-Teaching and ELL Frontiers, which are other texts she co-authored. Everything that Andrea contributes to the field of education is informative and excellent. We are so thankful to have her with us again to celebrate, and learn from, her brand new text! 


At first glimpse, Growing Language & Literacy is breathtaking. This text includes beautiful color photos of students engaged in various language-based activities as well as images of teacher tools and student work that provide a detailed picture of how EL students can be supported.

The book provides research, best practices, and strategies across language levels, so we will dive into one language level each week.

Thank to Meghan Love (@mloveESL) for creating this amazing infographic detailing the Five Basic Principles from the Growing Language and Literacy Text.


The reading schedule is as follows: 


I will link all of the weekly questions here so you can find them all in one place. 


If you choose to respond to the weekly questions, please identify which one you’re responding to in your tweet (2A1, 2A2) Please note: The number before the Q indicates which week of the chat we are in, so 2A1 would indicate the answer to question 1 from week 2. Remember that you are not limited to these questions. Post a pic of your highlighted text, your favorite quotes, meaningful ideas, book snaps, your own questions, and connections to other texts!! 

#EllChat_BkClub is a slow chat, so you can post at any time throughout the week and throughout the chat.

For this chat, we will be using the following hashtags:

#EllChat_BkClub 18.0 
#GrowingLanguageAndLiteracy
Also, please tag the author @AndreaHonigsfel

Please reach out if you have any questions!
@Toppel_ELD
katie.toppel@gmail.com

Check out our LIVE chat with Andrea Honigsfeld! 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The META Round: Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP Model

 Our 17th round of #EllChat_BkClub is taking our book chat to a new level and we can't wait! We have an amazing team of ELL professionals who will each take the lead on one SIOP component as we read our way through Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners (MCC5).  The expertise, creativity, passion, and all around amazingness of this team is EPIC. I am so lucky to be partnering with each and every one of these wonderful people.


If you are new to #EllChat_BkClub, I recommend you check out this post, which has a video and info on how the chat works and how to participate. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! 

Round 17.0 starts March 25th and will run for 8 weeks. Each week, we will focus on one chapter of MCC5 and one particular SIOP component along with the corresponding features. The reading schedule below shows the dates for each component and who the component leader will be. Make sure to follow all the leaders so you don't miss out on any of their tweets! Each leader will post questions for his/her week and will lead the discussion about that particular component.


Why are we SO excited about this round? 

Here's why...

Rather than only focusing on MCC5, our goal is to foster connections between MCC5 and many of the other amazing texts we've read in the previous 16 rounds of #EllChat_BkClub. Over the course of 2+ years and 17 texts,  a lot of learning has taken place in our #PLN. Now, it's time to bring it all together using SIOP as the foundation on which we can apply much of what we've learned. Whether you are new to SIOP or a seasoned expert, #EllChat_BkClub 17.0 will be all about "book-smashing" in order to take your PD and your SIOPing to a whole new level with tons of ideas and practical strategies/tools for all of the components. 

If you've been part of previous rounds and you've read some of the other texts, great! If not, no worries....our component leader team is here to make the connections clear and provide you with some specific ideas/suggestions for implementing each SIOP component. From Lesson Preparation to Review and Assessment, we've got you covered! 



If you choose to respond to the weekly questions, please identify which one you’re responding to in your tweet (2A1, 2A2) Please note: The number before the Q indicates which week of the chat we are in, so 2A1 would indicate the answer to question 1 from week 2. Remember that you are not limited to these questions. Post a pic of your highlighted text, your favorite quotes, meaningful ideas, book snaps, your own questions, and connections to other texts!! #EllChat_BkClub is a slow chat, so you can post at any time throughout the week and throughout the chat.

For this chat, we will be using the following hashtags:

#EllChat_BkClub 17.0 
#meta

Also, please tag @SIOPModel & @PearsonPreK-12 

Don't forget to post your #bookie (selfie with your copy of MCC5) to let us know that you'll be joining us! 

Here are links to the weekly questions:

Other resources:
Smore Page: Meet the component leaders
Round 17.0 padlet

Breaking Down the Wall

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