Reflection: ELL Students Bear Snores On-Learning about Hibernation - Section 2: Direct Instruction


A few years ago, I received training on how to implement SIOP strategies in my classroom.  I learned a variety of different ways to reach my English Language Learners, but there are two that I have faithfully implemented.  I always include content and language objectives with my lessons and I always end my lessons with Turn and Talk.

Each fall, when I start with a new set of students, I must model for my students how to use Turn and Talk.  We practice finding our assigned Turn and Talk partner.  I like to keep the same partner throughout the year so the students develop a level of comfort with their partner and feel more at ease when sharing.  I also partner students so those with limited English proficiency are with a partner who has stronger English skills so there is modeling that occurs.

As the year progresses, it is amazing to watch the students during this time.  I have had people ask me how I have time to use Turn and Talk.  Now that my students are trained on how to use Turn and Talk, the whole process goes quite quickly.  What is amazing is how my EL students are engaged in the process now.  Initially, they did not share or shared very little.  Now they willingly talk with their partner.  They have had major improvements to their English syntax and have expanded their vocabulary  The opportunity to practice in a controlled setting and to have English modeled for the students by peers in invaluable.

Turn an Talk may take a bit of time to implement, but the benefits are definitely worthwhile!

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  ELL Students: Using Turn and Talk
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Bear Snores On-Learning about Hibernation

Unit 5: Groundhog Day Mini Unit
Lesson 1 of 3

Objective: Students will be able to describe the process of hibernation by ordering a sequence of events.

Big Idea: Hibernation is a fun concept for kindergarteners to explore, especially if Groundhog's Day is near. Helps students develop a basic understanding of hibernation.

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