Thank you Flowing Data!

December19

Which offered to send a copy of their awesome looking (and thinking) prints on the state of education to a public school or library if folks would buy one set for themselves. I asked if my school could receive them, and Dan Warren offered to pay for it. BIG kuddos for Dan for making this kind and generous offer. Here they are in situ in our cafeteria:

I hope this not only introduces the idea of the importance of education AND good design to my students.

CORRECTION: Fixed link to Flowingdata.

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Fourteenth Edition of the ESL/EFL/ELL Carnival

December2

Welcome to the Fourteenth Edition of the bi-monthly ESL/EFL/ELL Carnival! Sorry it’s a few days late folks! Blame it on tryptophan narcolepsy from the turkey!

First up, Dave C opines that Dan Brown is rather like Pringles posted at The Cambridge Professor’s Blog. You may ask what this pithy little opinion piece has to do with English language instruction. The post is a short but full of tasty meaning layering the simile with lots of comparison points, all great skills for teaching college level English, BUT it gives me food for thought in how I approach teaching higher-order skills with my younger kids.There is nothing “cheesy” about this post!

Shelly Terrell shows how she keeps up on the news and engages her students with Current Events Lesson for English Language Learners posted at Teacher Reboot Camp. I loved her descriptions of the interesting discussions students had around why they picked topics, and how interested the students became in using some of the tools to practice at home.

Christina Markoulaki shares My Teaching ‘Journey’ in Greece (by Christina Markoulaki) posted at Teaching Village. This was a great article about her experiences teaching English in Greece. She starts her story with primary students which was a real eye-opener to me as a teacher of ELLs in the states.

I always look forward to reading Karenne Sylvester, and Kalinago English: What is BELTfree? posted at Kalinago English was a little different than her usual submission. She is promoting Bloggers in ELT, a new group of English lagnauge teachers that is going to be small, and private, but she’s looking for members, so check it out. I hope that she’ll share how that project goes.

Tara Benwell gives a peek in her mind and classroom with Writing Challenge #12: My Dream English School – My English Club posted at Monthly Writing Challenges. Where she “challenges” students to describe their dream English school, and shares some ideas of her own.

Larry Ferlazzo pulls back the curtain in The Best Ways ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Can Develop Personal Learning Networks | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… posted at Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… Full of easy to implement suggestions about building a network to support your teaching practice.

Many of us know what a great go-to resource twitter can be for teachers, but Neal Chambers shows how to use it as support for students at: Mr.Maru and Sparky Debut on Twitter posted at EnglishSpark. Very inspired use of technology!

teacherdominic calls his blog Dominic Cole’s Really Boring English Blog but it’s anything but, as he slays my old bête noire from H.S. French, the dicatation exercise in Dictagloss and spelling, then offers up a more useful alternative. Way to go Dominic!

The thirteenth edition of the ESL/EFL/ELL Carnival was hosted by Jennifer Duarte and Michelle Klepper at ELL Classroom.

Future hosts will include Shelly Terrell at Teacher Reboot Camp: Challenging Ourselves to Engage Our Students on February 1st and Karenne Sylvester at Kalinago English: Teaching Speaking Using Technology on April 1st. You can contribute a post by using this easy submission form.

You can see all the previous twelve  editions of the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival here.

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ELL Carnival for December 2009

November15

The next edition of the ELL/EFL/ELD Carnival will be…right here! Any blog posts, including examples of student work, that are related to teaching or learning English are welcome. You can contribute a post by using this easy submission form.

The last edition of the Carnival hosted by Jennifer Duarte and Michelle Klepper is  here, and as always it’s chalk full of useful information for working with English Learners.

Future hosts will include Shelly Terrell at Teacher Reboot Camp: Challenging Ourselves to Engage Our Students on February 1st and Karenne Sylvester at Kalinago English: Teaching Speaking Using Technology on April 1st.

You can see all the previous twelve  editions of the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival here.

My Upcoming Events for June 2009

June2

As part of my promise to do a better job of sharing upcoming events more than 24 hours before they occur, here is my list of online “events” that I’ll be doing this month.

Monday June 8th at 6 p.m. PDT: It’s Elementary:Reflecting on the School Year Ending

It’s Elementary
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Wednesday June 17th at 9 a.m. PDT: Follow up to Classroom 2.0 Meetup

This is an in-person event. Details can be found here.

Thursday 6/18 at 7 p.m. PDT: Edublogs Live! VoiceThread: A 21st Century KWL

Monday 6/22 at 9 a.m. PDT: Fear Not the Code which is about using embed code and not freaking out…

Had fun at the carnival, well join us again!

June2

The participation in the June 2009 ESL/EFL/ELL Carnival was great and folks seemed to have a good time (the word “fun” came up a lot in comments). Let me take this opportunity to share that it is never too early to submit for the next carnival in August 2009 hosted by Candace Williams. The ELL Classroom will be doing the same on October 1st. You can use this handy form, to share blog posts on topic related to teaching non-native English speakers English.

All the previous editions of the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival can be found here.

Once again, thanks to all of you who participated!

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