Monday, June 27, 2016

What Books About Teaching Should I Read On My Vacation?

"Summertime and the livin' is easy."
-- George Gershwin

Maybe for some people but not really for teachers: Most if not all of them spend their summers working another job, preparing for the upcoming school year, and/or (mostly and) engaging in professional development to enhance their teaching skills. To help with the latter, I’d like to offer a link up of books that educators have found useful in their teaching practice. 

Looking for some professional books to read during your vacation?  Check out the reviews and recommendations offered in this linky party.
Not that there's anything wrong with some time at the beach!  Source: Pixabay
They undoubtedly won't all be easy beach reads or the next blockbuster page turner but they will be something better – books that other teachers recommend because they have helped them become a better educator in some way.  I've suggested three books that are very different from each other but which I have found very useful.  One book provides detailed information about schooling in other cultures, another offers information about teaching reading to English Language Learners, and the last book deals with teaching strategies that are particularly helpful for ELLs.

Looking for some professional books to read during your vacation?  Check out the reviews and recommendations offered in this linky party.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Favorite Tech Tools for ELLs: June Twitter Chat

Please join co-host Laurah from Tools for Teachers by Laurah J and me for June’s #ELLEdTech Twitter chat.  The topic is Favorite Tech Tools.  
Join the #ELLEdTech Twitter chat on June 19, 2016, and share your favorite tech tools for ELLs
Join us this Sunday for June's Twitter chat!
Schedule and Questions
7:00 = Tell us your name, location, level and subject taught #EllEdTech
7:05 = Q1: What is the name and purpose of your favorite tech tool you use with ELLs? #ELLEdTech
7:13 = Q2: How does that tech tool benefit ELLs? #ELLEdTech
7:21 = Q3: What do teachers need to know before they use that tech tool? #ELLEdTech
7:29 = Q4: What is a tech tool you would like to try but haven’t yet used? #ELLEdTech
7:37 = Q5: Where can teachers find recommendations for good tech tools to use with ELLs? #ELLEdTech

Directions for Joining the Chat
1. Log into Twitter on Sunday; the chat runs from 7:00 - 7:45pm Eastern.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #ELLEdTech in the search bar.  Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. The first five minutes will be spent introducing ourselves.
4. Starting at 7:05 @ESOL_Odyssey or @The_ESL_Nexus will post questions every 8 minutes using Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. to identify the questions and the hashtag #ELLEdTech.
5.  Answer the questions by prefacing them with A1, A2, A3, etc. and use the hashtag #ELLEdTech.
6.  Follow any teachers who respond and are also using #ELLEdTech.
7.  Like (click the heart icon) and post responses to other teachers' tweets.

You can schedule your answers to the questions in advance by using an online scheduler such as TweetDeck or HootSuite (and remember to use A1, A2, etc. and #ELLEdTech).  Links are encouraged, but use tinyurl, bitly, or to shorten your link so it can be included in your tweet.  Just click one of those links, paste the longer link in the app's box to shorten it for Twitter, then paste the shortened link into your tweet. If you have relevant images, we encourage you to post them, too.

Is this your first Twitter chat? Here are our rules:
1. Please stay on topic.
2. Please do not post about paid products unless explicitly asked.
3. If you arrive after the chat has started, please try to read the previous tweets before joining in.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet if you prefer -- we know the first time can be a little overwhelming!
5. Always use the hashtag #ELLEdTech when tweeting.
6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to "public." (And do remember that Twitter is completely public; that means anyone--students, parents, administrators--may see what you tweet.)

You are welcome to let any of your teacher friends who might be interested in joining us as well know about it. We can't wait to chat with you on Sunday evening!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sympathy & Sorrow and a Vacation Announcement

"Why go on vacation when work is so much more fun."
-- Taylor Hawkins

I don’t have words other than platitudes to express my sorrow and sympathy for the tragedy in Orlando this past weekend.  So I created the picture below and used a phrase that James Corden, the presenter at the Tony Awards, said.  I thought the photo of the Taj Mahal, a symbol of enduring love, was an appropriate image for conveying my sentiments against the violence and bigotry that struck the Pulse nightclub.

The ESL Connection will be posting irregularly for the rest of June and July
Love conquers hate; source: The ESL Nexus
On another note... I’d like to let readers know that between now and the end of July, I’ll be taking a vacation from posting weekly, which I've been doing for over a year now.  There are many good reasons for taking a vacation and you can read how a vacation promotes health, creativity, happiness, productivity, and an improved home life here and here