Alison Stanton

  • Alison Stanton commented on the post, Talk Talk, on the site WONDERLAND! 1 year, 6 months ago

    “Sometimes, if you know no one else can hear a student answer it might be helpful to….ask a peer to ask the student to repeat it. That way, you are still making the students responsible to their own learning and also it’s a peer that asks her to speak louder, not the teacher.”

    So true. Reading this made me think of an ongoing goal in my classro…[Read more]

  • I have been reading blog posts created by my EAL student.

    Each week this student writes blog posts about an activity or task he has completed during the week. Looking through his blog I can clearly see his […]

    • Nothing delights me more than seeing beginner EAL students progress. Initially it can be frustrating and then suddenly it clicks. Imagine how wonderful it will be for this student to see his progress in years to come- where he started and where he got to. That is why I love blogs. They document learning and celebrate it too!

  • I have been watching the Neil Mercer lecture in the Talking and Engagement – Part 3 Speltac coursework.

    Highlights include his thoughts about what makes a productive discussion. The shift […]

    • I was debating whether to include this video. I thought as inquiry teachers we must all be doing all of this already. In the Elementary at ISPP, I see teachers use fantastic talk strategies every day, great questioning techniques. When I watched this video, it was just an affirmation that we are doing the right thing!

  • Alison Stanton commented on the post, Project Making, on the site ccoreyispp 1 year, 6 months ago

    “Projects are what students remember long after the bell rings. Great teachers know that their highest calling is to make memories” (p. 21).

    So true Carina. I love your Umbrella project!

    I have been thinking a lot about the joy students get from creating something and have decided to start ‘Passion projects’ in my classroom. There is cer…[Read more]

  • I have been reading about learning styles and thinking about how to better meet the learning needs of my now developing EAL student.

    In recent weeks the EAL student in my class has been showing a greater […]

  • This week we talked about positive, helpful ways we can give other students feedback. This can be on a written piece or as a comment on a blog post. We talked about how it can be hard to listen to someone […]

  • A focus in my class this week has been teaching kindness and respect.

    There was a negative vibe in the classroom. Students were in factions, not sharing, communicating or being kind to each other.

    I spoke to […]

    • This was so powerful…wonderful to see your students returning to the positive affirmations from the ‘warm fuzzies” to develop their self belief. A wonderful peer feedback tool. I look forward to trying this with my class. Thanks for sharing.

  • This morning the class started to think of ways we can greet each other without saying words.
    The students worked in small groups to create secret handshakes. They will add some more details to their special […]

    • I’d be interested to see how culturally-based the greetings were – did they include bowing, the ‘spaih’ (? – the Khmai way of greeting with two hands held together), high-fives, etc.

  • I agree also. I pop information on the class blog, send out an email and wonder why many parents are confused.

    I showed my students how to access the google translate tab on the side of my blog so their parents could translate. We had a try and the students laughed saying the post made no sense.

    I have suggested the students read the blog…[Read more]

  • I agree drawing your thought can be powerful.

    I sometimes get students in my class to draw an idea or memory to kick start their thinking, using their non preferred hand.
    By using their non preferred hand the focus is on their ideas and memories, not on their artistic skills.
    The students love sharing their odd sketches and telling their…[Read more]

  • Thanks for sharing Shanna. Great ideas!
    I plan to use sentence stems and a graphic organizer (with pictures) with my beginner EAL student in the coming week.

  • I have been reading about visual thinking strategies and want to try a few in the coming week with my class.

    One that will be very helpful is creating timelines of the leaders we are researching. This will be […]

  • What a great discussion starter. I plan to show this to my class tomorrow and see how they respond.
    We are so fortunate that we have cars, tuk tuks and motos to get to school.
    It is good to be reminded of how lucky we are and be sure we appreciate our good fortune.

  • When my beginner EAL student comes into the classroom he is often defensive. He lays face down in a cushion and seems exhausted before the day even begins.

    This morning I used ideas from other teachers blogs to […]

    • Some beginners are open to all your efforts and try to work with you as best they can to access what’s going on. Understandably, some are defensive and unhappy. It’s often a matter of trying what works. I like how this blog post shows how you managed to find something that worked for this little boy. Such a great example of empathy for a beginner EAL student and turning it into a multilingual experience for all. Thanks for sharing.

    • I have used this idea in the class as well Alison for taking the register. We have chosen a new good morning language every week so that we get to practice the words and feel confident in using them. This strategy promotes international mindedness, values student’s mother tongue, makes students feel proud of their language and it is a fun way to start the morning. They have to be risk takers to have a go, but by the end of the week are smiling, successful and a little more confident! It also shows them that their teacher is a life long learner as well as I struggle to pronounce the words correctly or need reminding what to say. Love it!

    • Something so simply, yet so powerful. Thanks for sharing Alison.

  • My beginner EAL student has been researching a leader independently in Finnish.

    He has been reading a simple biography at home with his father each afternoon.

    He has made jot notes in Finnish and translated […]

  • I have been using Google translate each day as I try to include my beginner EAL student in writing sessions in the classroom.

    Sometimes the translation seems accurate. Other times less accurate.

    This is one […]

    • Alison, it is inspiring to see how your use of Google translate is seeping out of your classroom and into our home life. I’ve found my son using his computer time trying to learn some Finnish words to communicate with his new friend. I too wonder if there is something more accurate than the microphone on google translate? Easy to use but very hit and miss results.

    • I have absolutely been using/relying on Google translate to communicate with my beginner EAL learner! While I know Google is inaccurate translating some words sometimes, it seems to do a pretty good job speaking Japanese because my student has been able to complete tasks AND show understanding via my translated instructions!

      Surely, there will be an app that’s more effective with this sort of thing…but I bet it’s just not free! 🙂

    • I too have had mixed results using google translate with both hits and misses. It is sometimes funny to see the confused looks on student faces when it hasn’t worked, although it is also frustrating! In the first place I can’t read the mother tongue to know what the issue is and sometimes the student is unable to access their required keyboard. I have resorted to getting help from students in other classes where possible. Only this past week I had a Korean student (with grade level English) trying to find an equivalent English translation for a Korean word but neither the three other Korean students in my class, nor google translate worked, so she had to go home and ask. I wonder if we could set up something with secondary students?

  • This week I have been trying to find ways to engage my beginner EAL student in learning activities.

    I have found he enjoys role play and have used this twice to involve him in the class activity and increase […]

  • So simple – yet so effective.
    Guess what my class will be doing on Monday … Saying hello in Finnish.

    Thanks Lisa

  • Interesting. I would love discuss mother tongue number patterns with my class … especially using Finnish as an example.

    English is often illogical. The Khmer counting system does make a lot more sense. Wonder why English took a different turn?

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