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Making Language and Learning Work DVDs video clips now online, great for PLD

New on ESOLonline

Video clips for all three of the Making Language and Learning Work DVDs 1, 2 and 3 are now available online from this page 
http://esolonline.tki.org.nz/ESOL-Online/Teacher-needs/Pedagogy/Making-language-and-learning-work. There are now 3 new pages that sit below it:




https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gifSo take a look and think about how you could use these with staff at your school. It might be something very simple such as sending an email to a colleague with an attached link and a message from you explaining why you think they might find the clip useful. Or it may be time to offer some whole staff PLD. Fiona shared with us all last week about how she used them in her school and the deep learning that happened as a result.  

Don’t forget as Gaylene reminded us about the online teaching units which support DVD 3. The lesson unit plans are available Siapo, Making Lanterns and Family Treasures. You will find them located at the bottom of this esolonline pagehttp://esolonline.tki.org.nz/ESOL-Online/Teacher-needs/Pedagogy/ESOL-principles.

School Journals go Digital

 In direct response to your feedback, the journals will be available in print and digital formats. From now on, both the Junior Journal and School Journal – as well as titles in the School Journal Story Library – will not only be distributed to your school in print, but will also be available on Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) as downloadable PDFs. These will include PDFs of the whole journal – plus separate PDFs for each individual item within a journal. You will find them on this page.  

You can read more about this change and the themes for each journal in the 23 June NZ Education Gazette .

I think having the Journal in a digital format will make it an even more useful resource for teachers of ELLs and it opens up lots of possibilities. I am interested in the same questions that Anne asked on Literacy online.  

What does this mean for our literacy/ESOL programme?

How can we use this to transform our teaching practice and our learning opportunities?

We welcome all your ideas, as we explore how to make the best use of this new resource together. Remember ideas that seem ordinary and obvious to you are often amazing to others

Inspiring school story

Mangere central school: leading learning, this school story looks at how leadership capacity at Mangere Central School in South Auckland has developed and grown through a determined focus on the practices of the school’s middle leaders. The narrative has been shaped into sections with reflective questions so that PLGs can discuss the points raised.  It has relevance to us because one of the focus areas is The importance of language, identity and culture .

Our communities

Primary ESOL: The Extensive Reading Foundation Learner Literature Awards finalists  were shared. The books in the young learners’ category often make a great addition to your ESOL library or to be purchased as class sets. Some of you may like to share your favourite graded readers and books suitable for ELLs in years 1-8. (Not including School Journals and the Ready to Read titles).

Shelly has asked how you have used the additional adjustment funds allocated to your school for your ESOL students. She would love to hear your ideas.

 Our community has been fairly quite in June so it would be a great time to ask your questions and to share your thoughts and ideas. You could also make some suggestions about what you would like to see in our discussions. I am always open to ideas and suggestions.

Secondary ESOL: Breda shared a couple of good PD opportunities coming up soon.

Literacy: There was a huge response to Anne’s post on the world literacy summit. Including many asking and sharing about an American programme the Daily 5 CAFÉ. I found Neale Pitches comments on this very illuminating and inspiring as he shared the work of Nicki Fleming at Mt Roskill Intermediate where she teaches 28 diverse students in a most engaging and productive way and Joe Worrall at Stonefields School.  Sheena Cameron also shared a great article on reading comprehension.  Also don’t forget about the services offered by the National Library service .  

They also discussed reading aloud and Research indicates rethink on how we learn to read  including a response from Jannie on Vocabulary, phonological knowledge and reading comprehension including an article she wrote “SNIPPETS from Vocabulary Literature Review: Young children and vocabulary acquisition”.