Engage your ELL students with digital tools! The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. ELL students deserve a classroom environment full of choice, inquiry, and creativity. By blending technology with teaching, your students can thrive. John Spencer’s insights will enable you to • Introduce project-based, differentiated instruction in your ELL classroom • Expand your use of innovative technology • Strengthen your students’ English language skills Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore other books in the series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website at http://www.corwin.com/connectededucators/. “John Spencer is the kind of teacher that I wish my own kids had and that all students deserve. This book shows clearly and practically how technology can be used to give all students greater choice and a more powerful voice. This book inspired me to rethink my own approach and what I’m planning to do in my classroom tomorrow.” Philip Cummings, 6th Grade Teacher Presbyterian Day School “Spencer provides a clear framework for teachers to help students improve their language skills. A teacher can pick this book up and be provided with specific ideas and techniques which can be implemented in a classroom immediately.” Josh Stumpenhorst, Teacher Lincoln Junior High School Naperville, IL
Chapter 3: Oral Language
As a Technology Specialist for Language Acquisition (a much longer title than simply “teacher”), I got the chance to work with an amazing sixth grade ELL teacher named Miriam Combs.
On one afternoon, I walked around the classroom listening to students discussing problem-solving and real-world contexts. After searching out scenarios, they were working with partners to develop their own math problems.
“I’m not sure if that’s really a linear relationship, because the variable isn’t constant,” a girl points out.
“Why do you think it isn’t linear?” her partner asks.
“It won’t go on forever. You only have so many options,” she says, pointing to the cable television package options.
I walked past another group where a boy said, “You came up with a realistic linear relationship ...