These are my TOP TIPS for how I’d set up and deliver instruction this coming year. These are for online, face-to-face or a hybrid situation. I’ve done SEVERAL webinars since we went on lockdown and they are all different. Below are all the webinars with a bit of info about each.
You can hear me talk about this on the latest episode of Boosting Achievement ESL Podcast right here or just scroll down to find the webinar that is most helpful to you. I hope you do get a chance to listen because I recorded highlights and thoughts for you.
So here are the webinars:
Kahoot! EDU Summit – Get the most out of Kahoot! New features and more! (57 min)
This one is not EL specific but rather an explanation of ways to get the most out of the new features of Kahoot. Further down in this post is another Kahoot webinar for working with ELs. This session was part of the Kahoot EduSummit so I am adding it.
Supporting SLIFE & Newcomers in Distance Learning with Authentic Experiences (34 min)
This is the backbone of my school year. Because newcomer curriculum is about basic English, you can teach it through thematic units.
As an added bonus, I teach a lot of this content through Kahoot. My goal was to show you the DDCR routine. It was a foundational routine I did all year long when I was able to see my students daily or only able to see my students every other day. Here is a blogpost I wrote about it in 2018.
Engaging English Learners from a Distance with Kahoot (60min)
I can’t tell you how MUCH I used Kahoot in my classroom. I used it
- to introduce vocabulary
- to build background
- to honor culture
- to get to know students with Selfie Kahoots
- to raise rigor by having students create Kahoots
- and so much more.
Check out my ALL THINGS KAHOOT page to see more. And be sure to watch this webinar I just did for Kahoot that shows you how to apply all of this in a remote learning environment.
UPDATE! I made the following video for students who don’t have two devices. If they only have one, I showed them how to split their screen in chrome to play Kahoot with us. HOWEVER! Kahoot now allows you to display the questions & answers on the student’s devices (just click that option when you launch a game) and they dont’ need to do this. But some kids may still want a split screen so this might be useful:
And if they only have a cellphone, watch the webinar for ideas on how to engage them with asynchronous opportunities and even some non-tech Kahoot opportunities.
Engaging Language Learners with Choice Projects During Distance Learning #MADPD (17 min)
That #MADPD webinar is only 17 minutes but it is PACKED with high impact ideas for your remote learning classroom. I cover some foundations of motivating English Learners
You’ll see that I reference the work of Noa Daniel and Larry Ferlazzo throughout this webinar. They have never failed me! Here is the link to the slide deck from this MADpd webinar. It is linked with resources I show in the webinar.
Success for SLIFE – A Literacy Focus (65 min)
This latest webinar was for TransACT. They asked me to cover Success for SLIFE and I was honored to give this talk with a focus on how we can support literacy development for SLIFE in remote learning. To view this webinar, you’ll just need to sign in to the TransACT website (it is free to do so).
This padlet includes links to the slide deck and many other resources I mention in the webinar. It has links to many that I could not get to!
Not Your Grandma’s Book Club (48 min)
This webinar is important because we are explicitly showing you how to offer PD to educators in a distance learning space. The three of us have been doing synchronous and asynchronous book studies for a few years. I’ve learned a ton from the two of them and I’m honored to share how I use it with my clients and their staff. Slides are at bit.ly/BKCLUBSLIDES
Supporting ELs with Interruptions in Education (60min)
I’ve done a few other webinars that may be of interest. This one for Saddleback was the first one I did when we all went to remote learning. You’ll see some of what I covered in the other webinars as this one is a general overview of how to support SLIFE and why they should be able to succeed. Check out other Saddleback webinars. they have a great series going on to support teachers of ELs.
Serving English Learners in a Distance Learning Environment (2 parts, 2 hours)
This webinar was specifically for NAESPA and it’s membership but anyone is welcome to view the 2 hour event. NAESPA is an organization made up of State ESEA Program Administrators, and their staff from each of the states and territories, charged with managing their state federal education program. The webinar was in 2 parts. Part I covered the legal requirements related to providing services to ELs, in Title I, Title III, and Civil Rights that may be challenging to implement in a distance learning environment. I was in Part II, a facilitated panel discussion. Each panelist received one question for response related to best practices for supporting bilingual/multilingual/dual language education and educators in a distance learning environment. I was honored to represent NAELPA (the National Assn of English Learner Program Administrators)
Extra note: In the podcast I mention Esmeralda Alday from San Antonio ISD and their secondary dual language program. I also talk about NewsInLevels. Those are not in the webinars but worth checking out!
COME SPEND A DAY WITH A FEW OF US!
Lasts but not least, I’m back at work and offering this for-a-fee opportunity. You can join me for this 5 hour online Boosting Achievement workshop for June 12th. Think 5 hours is too long?? Think again! I have a full day of interactive, online and offline activities. You’ll leave with tools for how to support SLIFE (Students with Interrupted or Limited Education) but you know me…the techniques should boost learning for ALL your students.
AND... you’ll experience techniques that work for teaching in a face-to-face or remote learning classrooms.
This opportunity has a fee of $125 and I’m limiting this day to just 30 participants. We only scheduled it and it is already filling up! So please register if this is of interest to you.
I’m planning a day that should help you feel more prepared if you teach online or a blend of on and offline. We need to have tools for any circumstance. So let’s spend a day considering how to help these learners… in a way that will help ALL learners. You can sign up on Event Bright or by printing & faxing the form with your P.O.
If you are unable to join us on June 12, the information in this post and around my blog is quite a lot of support but also, please stay connected on Facebook or Twitter. Consider checking out the many videos on my Video page or read through the Boosting Achievement Book Study posts. They are extra content for the book!
THANK YOU for all your interest in the resources and for how you support your students.
They need you and I’m grateful you’re there for them.
Stay strong and healthy,