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Looking for Language Learning: Pedagogical Documentation

Looking for Language Learning: Pedagogical Documentation

  Through a lead from Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano’s Langwitches blog, I am reading a brilliant book called Visible Learners: Promoting Reggio Inspired Approaches in all Schools. Part of the idea behind SPELTAC is that through pedagogical documentation on blogs, we can make our learning visible and in that way learn...

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Basket Ball: Extending Language during EAL to explain Invasion Games

Basket Ball: Extending Language during EAL to explain Invasion Games

After reading Implementing Gibbons’ Intellectual Practices During Invasion Games, I saw an opportunity to support the children during EAL classes in extending their language for PE.  Ben’s post gave me insight into the type of language needed to explain a strategy in PE and to work with the children on building language for...

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Globally Connected: An Inquiry into Word Works

Globally Connected: An Inquiry into Word Works

Crossposted from Language and Literacy for Learning Since I have been Twitterpated, I have been learning at a mile a minute. Through blogging, I have become more reflective about my teaching practice and even the smallest feedback I have received on anything I’ve shared has given new cause for...

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Talk and Engagement: focusing on quality discussions in grade 5

Talk and Engagement: focusing on quality discussions in grade 5

Presently I am developing the Talk and Engagement course for SPELTAC. One of the things that appears in this course, is the importance of explicitly teaching students what effective talk looks like, and what its purpose is for learning. Often it’s not as straight-forward for students to know exactly...

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Documenting a SPELTAC PD Day

Documenting a SPELTAC PD Day

On Friday, during a PD day to address language learning across the curriculum and delve deeper into SPELTAC, faculty from the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) from primary and secondary came together to: develop a shared understanding about documentation for learning get familiar with the six SPELTAC practices...

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From BICS to CALP: One example of an EAL lesson to support an inquiry classroom

From BICS to CALP: One example of an EAL lesson to support an inquiry classroom

*crossposted from Language and Literacy for Learning* “Give them a compelling reason to learn English.” Thank you Katrina Schwartz for writing a great article in Mindshift, about language barriers and deep learning. One thing that stuck was “..give them a compelling reason to learn English.” When I read something that strikes a...

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An approach to word curiosity across the school?

An approach to word curiosity across the school?

I am cross-posting the post below from Ms Marcelle’s EAL Blog in response to Allen Curtis Mitchell’s post. Are there any other people across the school interested in structured word inquiry? Structured Word Inquiry by Peter Bowers has been gathering a steady crowd of followers in the international school community...

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Anno-texting: get students to evaluate their discussions

Anno-texting: get students to evaluate their discussions

After reading Kathryn Yeo’s post about using Pirate Pad for student collaboration during Lit. Circles, I wanted to share a post I wrote earlier about Literature Circles. Thanks Kathryn, for sharing- I intend to explore Pirate Pad too. The following post is cross-posted from Amplified Learning (please know that it’s...

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The Story Behind SPELTAC

The Story Behind SPELTAC

Professional Learning: Teachers are a school’s biggest resource Personal experiences are often what inspire you to create something. I’m going to share with you a story about my own professional learning which inspired me to develop SPELTAC. S for Learning is Social The first thing that I know has...

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A Shared Pedagogy for Language Learning: Making It Visible with Inquiry

Cross-posted from Language and Literacy for Learning As I go in and out of classrooms, and talk with colleagues, I watch and test how my understandings about language and learning are made visible. I look at children engaged in a learning experience or I talk to a colleague and...

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What type of programme is best for emergent bilinguals in international schools?

As you are starting SPELTAC, to what extent do you think your role is important in the success of emergent bilingual students? Language learning is for everyone, everywhere Generally in international English-medium schools, emergent bilingual students -whether they are in a separate English language learning programme or not-  spend...

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