Video Playlist: Five Essential Practices in the Elementary ELL Classroom

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In this new series, in partnership with San Francisco Unified School District, we step inside classrooms where teachers are using strategies to engage and support all learners, especially their English Language Learners (ELLs). In Part One of the series, we visit two elementary classrooms to see how teachers use the district’s recommended five essential practices to teach their students during designated English Language Development (ELD) time, as well as to integrate ELD into content. For more information on these practices, read Lisa Kwong’s blog post about the district’s ELL work.

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Reality Over Rhetoric! ELL & the Year Ahead

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A few days after the November election, I had a meeting with Angie Estonina and Lisa Kwong, two talented educators who lead professional learning efforts on ELLs for San Francisco Unified School District.

With our webcams on, the mood was a bit somber — the election talk of deportations, walls, and targeted registries hung in the air as the rhetoric suddenly became more real. In fact, it felt a bit suffocating. In education, we all have days when we feel weighed down by how much needs to be done and by our professional and personal puzzles, but the unknowns of impending political shift pushed on us from the sides, making us feel the squeeze of change.

I even started wondering if an upcoming presentation I was about to do in Canada on ELLs with school districts from Ontario/Montclair, California, and Yakima, Washington, was even relevant. In retrospect, it was incredibly sad to even think this. But this was my state of mind. It was easy to go there when the personal and professional intersects — my nine-year-old son who is of half Mexican descent asked if he was going to be deported. This was not a question I had at nine years old.

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Tch Tips: Four Ways To Practice Goal Setting With Students

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Welcome to The New Year!

A time to celebrate, reflect, and set goals. As teachers, we naturally set goals for ourselves in January. Even though it’s a midpoint in the school year, for some reason January feels like a fresh start. But what about our students? Do they use January as a time to reflect, reboot, and set goals for themselves? While hopefully reflection and goal setting are a natural part of your class culture (and if not, check out our Growth Mindset Deep Dive for ideas), January is a great time to ask students to reflect and set some larger learning goals to work toward over the rest of the school year. Here are four ways you can help:

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Tch Year in Review: 16 Most Read Blog Posts of 2016

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As we look back on 2016, we’d like to take a minute to turn an eye to our Tchers’ Voice blog.

In 2016, our community published 545 blog posts!

We think that’s an amazing accomplishment because we know our community of educators gives two of their most precious resources — their time and expertise — to make Tchers’ Voice a home for innovative, passionate ideas and a place where we can all get better together.

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Tch Year in Review: Most Watched Videos of 2016

2016 Year in Review

It’s been another amazing year at Teaching Channel!

As 2016 comes to a close, we’d like to take a little time to reflect on the work we’ve done together.

As you know, growth is at the core of Teaching Channel’s mission. We believe in not only teacher professional growth and student growth, but also growth in what we do behind the scenes, so we can continue to help build this vibrant and engaging teacher community. This year the Tch team set out to innovate and reimagine the kinds of resources you can find at Teaching Channel.

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Videos You May Have Missed in 2016: Eight That Are Great!

2016 Year in Review

This year Teaching Channel released some really amazing videos that were quite popular. Your clicks told us you loved learning about Number Talks, especially with ELL students. Your likes made videos such as Reading Workshop in Kindergarten and Assessing with Twitter-Style Exit Slips feel loved. But there are a few videos that we at Tch think are great that seem to have missed your “must watch” lists. Well, it’s time to give those videos the love they deserve.

Check out these eight that are great from 2016.

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Building Your Teacher Toolbox: Five Ways to Improve Classroom Management

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Managing a class isn’t easy! Before you can teach content, you need to create a positive learning environment (check out our Class Culture Deep Dive for tips on how to do that). Building culture is a long process, one that eventually makes management easier. But what do you do when you need your class to calm down and focus? Or how do you deal with a student who is outright defiant?

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Five Ways to Start Your Lessons

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Attention getters, do nows, morning meetings, hugs, and high fives. These are often the ways teachers start their days. By now, you probably have your routines in place for how you start your day or class period. But sometimes it’s good to mix it up. Or maybe you’re looking for an exciting entrance to a specific lesson plan. Just like writers, teachers often need a hook!

Whether you’re mixing it up or just curious about what other teachers do, check out these five videos to see five different ways teachers start their lessons.

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