Sunday, January 13, 2019

Pathways to Greatness & The Newcomers

Welcome to Round 16.0! 

Each time I write one of these posts to introduce a new round, I am in awe of how many books we have read as a community. It blows my mind that what started as a casual suggestion from Tan Huynh that we should both read Collaborating and Co-Teaching and tweet about it has turned into this incredible PLN of passionate language teachers, experts in the field, authors, consultants and more!  We have been so lucky to have the authors of the majority of our texts interact with us during our chats, which is really special!

Round 16.0 is different because it is the first time we are running two books at once. Pathways to Greatness is not available in a digital format and we never want our international friends to be left out, so we added The Newcomers as an additional options as we dive into learning how to best serve our newcomer students. I read both books over winter break and I have to say they go together SO well. If you are only reading one, you will certainly love either book you choose, but reading both adds another layer of awesomeness! 

Our reading schedule for the chat is as follows: 



Weekly Questions: 

When you answer questions, use our hashtag #Ellchat_BkClub and 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, or your own questions. Post anytime this week and search our # to see what others are saying! 

If you are new to #EllChat_BkClub please know that this chat is purposefully very flexible. While we don't want spoilers (particularly when we read novels),  but this schedule is a guideline for reading but we welcome posts about any sections of the texts throughout the chat. Sometimes life happens and participants fall behind. Feel free to post about a previous section at any time during the chat. You may also see posts during this round that are about #ELExcellence. Sometimes participants decide to run book chats within their own districts to continue the learning and they use #EllChat_BkClub. For this reason, I encourage you to always include an image of the text you are tweeting about and use the additional # to name the book. For this round we are using: 

#Pathways2Greatness 
 #TheNewcomers

Weekly questions will be tweeted from my account (@Toppel_ELD) and I will also update this post with links to weekly questions, so there is one place you can come to find all of the questions. 

Here's a few things you can do to get started: 
  1. Follow our amazing authors Michelle Yzquierdo & Helen Thorpe.
  2. Tweet your book selfie (#bookie) with which book(s) you'll be reading! In your tweet,  introduce yourself so we can all make sure to follow each other. Tell your role, location, and if you're an #EllChat_BkClub newbie or vet. 
  3. Read and tweet
  4. Search #EllChat_BkClub to see what others are saying.

If you have any questions about participating, please feel free to DM me (@Toppel_ELD) or tag me in a tweet. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

My Family Divided

Welcome to #EllChat_BkClub 15.0! 

This round we will be reading our third novel, My Family Divided. 


The reading schedule is as follows:



Weekly questions will be posted weekly on Twitter and will also be linked within this post. 


Use our hashtag #Ellchat_BkClub and 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, or your own questions. Post anytime this week and search our # to see what others are saying!

Don't forget to post your book selfie (#bookie)! Let us know you'll be participating by introducing yourself on Twitter so we can all make sure to follow each other. Tell your role, location, and if you're an #EllChat_BkClub newbie or vet. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Welcome to #EllChat_BkClub!

Interested in participating in #EllChat_BkClub? 

Take a peek a this quick video by Tan Huynh


For more information about using Twitter for PD, check out this article 
by 
Jess Bell and Carlota Holder



Thursday, October 11, 2018

The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

Welcome to Round 14!!!

For anyone who is new, this is the post where you will find all the info you to need to participate in this chat.




I will post weekly questions on Twitter and I will link them all here. 

Week 1 Questions
Week 2 Questions 
Week 3 Questions
Week 4 Questions
Week 5 Questions


Use our hashtag #Ellchat_BkClub and #TESOL6Ps. 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, or your own questions. Post anytime this week and search our # to see what others are saying!

Grab the visual Tan created to keep track of your biggest takeaways from the book! You can share a screenshot of it each week as you document your learning from each of the 6 principles. 


Graphic Organizer


Please take a moment to introduce yourself on our Flipgrid. We are looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and some new ones too! 





Tuesday, July 17, 2018

EL Excellence Everday

Saturday July 21st kicks off #EllChat_BkClub 13.0! We will be reading EL Excellence Every Day
by
 Tonya Ward Singer
 (@TonyaWardSinger).


I read EL Excellence a few months back and I am confident that you will LOVE it just as much as I do. It is an amazingly informative, user-friendly text that will likely become one of your "go-to" resources when you are planning lessons, striving to use best practices for ELs, and/or supporting your colleagues to better understand the needs of English learners.

The round 13 chat will go on for 5 weeks and our reading schedule is as follows:


I will tweet out questions for each week's reading and will include links to the questions here on this post as well so you can easily find all the questions in one location.

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

If you will be joining us in reading EL Excellence, please introduce yourself on our Flipgrid!

Password: ELExcellence


Friday, July 13, 2018

#Seesaw4ELs

Welcome!
We are excited to kick off our first ever #EllChat_BkClub technology challenge. Sarah Said suggested we add technology challenges/discussions throughout the year, so I brought her on as the official #EllChat_BkClub Technology Coordinator. 

During this week-long slow chat between book rounds, we are going to explore and discuss the app Seesaw. Some of us have committed to obtaining Seesaw Ambassador status by completing their the 3-hour training course, so we can also discuss and reflect on that experience and what we've learned.
 Sarah and I both recently became Ambassadors! (woot!)

First things first...Introductions!
Please introduce yourself on our #Seesaw4ELs Flipgrid so we can get to know our group. 

The password is Seesaw4ELs


Please feel free to answer some/all of these questions at your own pace. 
We are using the hashtags #EllChat_BkClub and #Seesaw4ELs for this round. 

Link to Questions

We are planning a LIVE Google Hangout, but the date/time are still TBD. Hope you can join us! 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Refugee

Hi everyone! We are ready to kick off #ElChat_BkClub 12.0 with our second novel, Refugee. This is an amazing story of three different refugee characters that I just know you will love! Once you get started, it's hard to put down. I put together a short video with info about this round and how it will work. I am recapping it here, so it's easy to access and all in once place. 

Video Highlights: 
  • Candyland game board-mark a space each time you answer a question or tweet about the book. Thanks to Tan and Rochelle for all the hard work creating the game board! 
  • I divided the book into four sections and we are reading about 75 pages each week. 
  • Weekly virtual coffee chats on Wednesdays or Thursdays...let me know if you'd like to join! 
  • Thanks to Rochelle Verstaendig, Michelle Makus Shory, Chris Tennyson, and Brandy Sue Alexander for volunteering to write questions for the chat. 
  • Questions will be posted on Friday for the following week.




Introduce yourself on our Flipgrid. Password is Refugee12.0Summer


Keep checking back to this post because I will be adding links to questions for each week as we go. 


Saturday, April 28, 2018

LIVE with Erika Sanchez!

Check out our LIVE chat with author of I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Erika Sanchez. 

Special thanks to Carlota Holder and Jess Bell for setting this up!


 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Welcome to 10.0...our first novel!!


We are officially kicking off round 10 
(I can't believe we are on ROUND TEN!!!) 
of 
#EllChat_BkClub 
on 
March 10th. 

If you are joining us for the first time, welcome! We are so excited to expand our circle of friends and this amazing PLN! If you are a returning participant, I am so glad you're back!!

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter will be our first #EllChat_BkClub novel. If you take a peek along the righthand side of the screen, you can view all of the other amazing texts we've read. 

Our mission: Improving instruction for ELs one book at a time. We pride ourselves on being a truly phenomenal network of intelligent, talented, and wonderful people who work in different capacities of education. Our common ground is our passion for ELs and making their educational experiences the best  and most effective they can be. 

This round, we are looking forward to bridging a novel study with our passion for ELs. In addition to discussing the book, we will be discussing how reading this text influences our teaching and how we think and interact with students. 




My goal is to use Kyelene Beer's BHH framework for reflection. 

BHH = Book Head Heart

I've made some adjustments of her questions to fit our specific chat.

In the book:
What is happening in the story?
What are the characters experiencing?
  What details are important?
What does the author want the reader to know?

In your head:
What connections can you make between the story and what you know about teaching (specifically teaching ELs)?
What in the story challenges your thinking about teaching ELs?
What in the story confirms your thinking about teaching ELs?
How might you adjust your instruction for ELs based on this story?

In your heart:
What did you learn about yourself as a teacher by reading this section?
·      How will reading this text help you be a better teacher?
What connections can you make between the book characters and students you teach/have taught?
How might you adjust your interactions/relationship with ELs after reading this book?

Questions will be posted each Friday for the following week. I have wonderful helpers contributing questions this round (THANK YOU!!) and per usual, any reflections, book snaps, comments, and questions are welcome!

Let's get started with a few Flip Grid responses!

First, INTRODUCTIONS!!


Pathways to Greatness & The Newcomers

Welcome to Round 16.0!  Each time I write one of these posts to introduce a new round, I am in awe of how many books we have read as a ...