Some of my students are refugees from Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Syria. Many of them had never been to school before coming to the U.S. last year. They are still learning English, are eager to fit in with their other classmates, and love to read and do math!
Others came from Mexico, Vietnam, Burma and Nepal.
They have been here for several years and work very hard, but still struggle to read at grade level.
I am using a new framework for bringing students up to grade level through using books and other texts with high level vocabulary, sentence structure and content.
My students liked our new way of learning, but want to incorporate more technology in our lessons.
I am always looking for ways to give them access to our curriculum and our culture. Every experience gets them closer to fluency in English and the knowledge they badly need and want.
My ESL students and I have been working with a new teaching framework to help them move closer and closer to grade level. We love how we can read great, challenging books with rich vocabulary and intriguing stories. We take the stories we read, and dig deep, really focusing on language and content to gain a better understanding of these stories and to feel more confident in the regular classroom. We start with the whole, and then break it down, by paragraph, sentence and word.
I asked my students what would help to bring our work to life and be more interesting, and it was unanimous--adding technology to our lessons!
They suggested getting Fire tablets with cases so they could manipulate texts through highlighting, moving, and annotating. In addition, they could take notes and keep a record of their vocabulary. We do not have access to computers in my classroom, so tablets would be a great way to bring technology to my students.
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