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 1: Grammar
People cringe when I tell them I teach grammar. I can see it in their faces. The term conjures up images of a teacher by a chalkboard diagramming sentences while students in rows fill out worksheets on gerunds and participles. Grammar seems to fit into the category of “crap I had to do in school even though it wasn’t relevant to my world.” I used to mock grammar. I viewed it as archaic and boring—that is, until I had a moment when I saw it as vital to life.
We were doing a social studies project at the time. My students were partnering with other students around the nation to analyze a social issue, comparing and contrasting the causes and effects in each context. ...