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Key Strategies for Supporting Multilingual Language Learners

By: Kimiko Shibata As an MLL (Multilingual Language Learner) teacher, I am privileged to be able to welcome and support newcomer families who arrive in our schools as they get to know their new community and school system, and help to connect them with appropriate supports to meet their needs. I complete initial assessments to…
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Connecting Syntax and Knowledge-Building to Create Meaningful Learning Opportunities in Elementary

Connecting Syntax and Knowledge-Building to Create Meaningful Learning Opportunities in Elementary As a child, I remember diagramming sentences and doing worksheets about there, their and they’re amongst many others. It was soooo boring! The sentences were always random, perhaps about “Anne doing art” or “Bob doing homework.” They didn’t share anything meaningful with me.  It…
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Structured Literacy In Junior/Intermediate: Forever Growing, Shifting, and Changing

Structured Literacy In Junior/Intermediate: Forever Growing, Shifting, and Changing The Challenge We all have students who struggle with reading and writing, but what can we do and how do we support them? “I wasn’t trained to teach students to read” and “I don’t know where to start” are common hesitations that we hear, but we…
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Critical Moves Using Technology That Are Transformative, Not Trendy

Critical Moves Using Technology That Are Transformative, Not Trendy We need to adapt to move forward has become a catchphrase. And like the game Catch Phrase – a mashup of Taboo and Hot Potato, we move like the timer on the game’s device, which beeps louder and faster as your heart races to find the…
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Chat GPT — Planning for the Right Target

A Battle for Process Over Product in the Age of Chatbots For Christmas, we tried to pare things down. Our kids each got to request one gift from Santa and we supplemented with a board game — for my son, an 8yo strategist, chess player, and self-proclaimed gamer (which is really just for an hour…
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The Point is Not the Point: Reimagining Student-Centered Classrooms for Destreamed English

Title: Point-less: An English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading Author:  Sarah Zerwin Publisher: Heinenmann Grade(s):  6 -12 Originally Published: July 2020   Genre(s): Education, Destreaming, English Language Arts Teaching, Assessment, Student-Centered Learning, Literacy Pages: 171 Content + Trigger Warnings:  n/a The Point is Not the Point: Reimagining Student-Centered Classrooms for Destreamed English      It’s…
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Amplifying Joy in the Classroom

As we’re approaching the end of our second year of pandemic teaching, I think it’s safe to say we’re all feeling the grind.  As such, the ELAN Ontario panel discussion, Amplifying Joy in the Classroom, proved to be a profoundly welcome respite on Sunday, May 1st.  Hosted by ELAN executive member and newly-minted DPCDSB secondary…
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ELAN Reader Review for We Got This

  Title:  We Got This. Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be Author:  Cornelius Minor Publisher: Heinemann Release Date: 2019 Genre(s): Education, Social Movements, Literacy, Anti Racist, Leadership Pages: 144 Content + Trigger Warnings: n/a “Education is about two things – teaching young people to create opportunity for…
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Cultivating Genius – ELAN Review

Title: Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy Author: Gholdy Muhammad Publisher: Scholastic Inc. Release Date: January 1, 2020 Genre(s): Education, English Language Arts Teaching Materials, Literacy Pages: 176 Content + Trigger Warnings: n/a When someone asks you to describe the students in your school what comes to mind first? Where do…
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