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

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

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 option 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), this schedule is a guideline for reading. 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! 





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 Direc...