Sunday, October 24, 2010

I love my work !: WIDA

I love my work !: WIDA


I found them to be very user friendly and the standards "Wizard" was especially neat.In my Kindergarten classroom, I plan on directly hitting as many of these WIDA standards as possible throughout the year.WIDA ELP standards CAN BE used to determine the make-up of classrooms, so that students could be given the appropriate level of supports across each of the classrooms and grade levels.

I'm glad that our State is endorsing and joining WIDA. Each level is clearly defined and tells what student will be able to do.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment

Early this Fall Minnesota state Commissioner of Education announced the joining with other states to WIDA. Minnesota is the 24th state member. I am fortunate to be able to get trained last Spring and this Fall again. 3 things that impressed during the training were: The descriptors of what students CAN DO for each level , from 1-6. The clear inclusion of the Content with Language Beginning level to advanced level.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Language Learning Strategies

With strategies as tools, learners are often better able to understand information, clarify and negotiate meaning, and communicate more effectively.
General Language Learning Strategies:
*Tak risks with language to extend language bouderies
* Reflect on learning by recording personal goals and successful strategies
*Consider how knowledge of first language may aid in learning English
*Seek out and create practice opportunities in and out of classroom
Aural and Oral Strategies:
*Practice new language;repeat alone or with others to reinforce new language
*Seek support and feedback from others
*Determine the specific purpose for listening before the task
*Focus attention selectively when listening
*Use context and visual cues to guess meaning
*Compare verbal and nonverbal cues
*Observe and model how others speak in a particular situation oe setting
*Learn or use language "chunks" or formulaic phrases
*Transfer and adapt known structures to convey meaning in new contexts
*Use mime,gesture and props to help convey meaning
Reading and Writing Strategies
*Determining the specific purpose for reading
*Use context and visual cues to guess meaning
*Actively connect new information to prior knowledge/ personal experience
*Use chart.lists and graphs to convey information
*Record ideas or expressions with visual images or symbols
*Explore alternative ways of writing things
*Group new vocabulary or structures into categories
*Summarize information in oral, visual and written forms
*Use reference materials to improve clarity of comprehension and expression
*Observe and model how others write in a particular situation or setting
Adapted from TESOL

Saturday, March 20, 2010

VIDEOtest ver,1.0 : 90seconds

Awarenes about the history of the Vietnam War-Era Bombing in Laos.
Building Awareness and Understanding of Laotian Bombing & the Legacies of War could stop the history to repeat it course.