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Community Organizations: Feeling Connected

Community Organizations: Feeling Connected

Teachers wanting to get to know their students and families better can look to community organizations for information. Taking the time to learn about local political activity and community organizations has the potential to yield benefits.

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Teaching Thanksgiving, Academic Vocabulary Style

Teaching Thanksgiving, Academic Vocabulary Style

This Thanksgiving, are you "happy" to be in the company of your family and friends - or "chuffed?" Did the kisses of your Aunt Gertrude leave you not merely "wet," but "bedraggled?" Here are ideas for teaching your English Learners about Thanksgiving, while encouraging them to use academic vocabulary.

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Top Thanksgiving Myths, Debunked

Top Thanksgiving Myths, Debunked

Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition, as American as apple pie and football (the pig-skin variety). But do you know what really happened that first Thanksgiving? Is there truth to the notion that turkey causes drowsiness?

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Assessment, Evidence, Analysis, Constitutional, Aspect

Assessment, Evidence, Analysis, Constitutional, Aspect

Assessment, Evidence, Analysis, Constitutional, Aspect.  These are the top five choices voted for the 2011 Academic Word of Year as of November 1, 2011. More than 500 votes have been cast so far, and surprisingly, “Assessment” is the top voted choice so far.

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Why Loreto Aliaga Salas Thinks “Awareness” Should Be the 2011 Academic Word of the Year

Why Loreto Aliaga Salas Thinks “Awareness” Should Be the 2011 Academic Word of the Year

a·ware·ness [uh-wair-nis]

noun
the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness

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Which Academic Vocabulary Word Should Students Learn in 2011?

Which Academic Vocabulary Word Should Students Learn in 2011?

Academic vocabulary has been the buzzword in education lately. Experts agree that teaching academic vocabulary is crucial for students to access content, especially for our nation’s growing ESL population. The issue then isn’t whether to teach academic vocabulary – nearly all educators agree on its importance - but which words to focus on with teachers already so pressed for time.

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10 Things You Need to Know About Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. 

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5 ways to help your ELL students perform better on state standardized tests

It is wrong to “teach to the test,” but should we avoid helping students prepare? Of course not! Even though standardized tests are still months away, it’s never too early to help your students begin getting ready.  The earlier you prepare, the better your students will perform. Here are 5 things you can do to help your ELLs perform better on state standardized testing.

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6 strategies to get parents involved with your ESL students’ education

6 strategies to get parents involved with your ESL students’ education

You may have had the familiar experience of sending out hundreds of invitations, letters, and notices, only to have a mere 6 ESL parents show up. Maybe you tried to set up a parent-teacher meeting, only to be foiled by students who "forget" to pass on the info. Here are some creative strategies to increase parental attendance at your teacher-parent meetings.

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5 Ways Dictionaries Will Improve ESL Students’ Academic Vocabulary and Test Performance

Dictionaries are usually the first tool ESL students use to learn English and they are inexpensive. Using dictionaries properly is the most effective way to improve ESL students’ academic vocabulary and test performance. Here are 5 ways you can use dictionaries:

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