Language wraps itself around, in, through and between everything that we teachers and learners do in the classroom.
An approach to teaching and learning that is underpinned by an understanding of language is crucial.
Students’ skills and knowledge in all their languages should be explicitly valued and recognized as resources for exploring new ways of thinking and knowing.
“Honoring cultural pluralism… in an educational system, will actually increase students’ engagement as well as maximize their literacy across a curriculum that has no links to their cultural background.”
Global literacy is part of BEING literate today.
We need to build capacity in educational settings that serve English learners.
Language capacity is the root of all student performance. The success of a classroom learning experience rests on student language capacity.
“That, is why I love blogging. I think it is a worthwhile experience for every learner to have a portfolio documenting, showcasing, sharing and breeding ideas. Will every post be incredible? No. But incredible ideas–moments of ‘a-ha!’ are the direct result of dozens of attempts at wondering. I could spend lesson after lesson lecturing. But I would rather spend lesson after lesson listening, and allowing ideas to find other ideas.” Tricia Friedman
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