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Most Popular 2014 Blog Posts: The Crystal Ball Revisited

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On December 30, 2014
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By Diane Staehr Fenner / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / December 16, 2014  As 2014 winds down, I thought I would take some time to reflect on our blog posts that had the most impact during the year. During classroom instruction, we sometimes like to have students make predictions about what they’re […]
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Using Pair and Group Work to Develop ELLs’ Oral Language Skills

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On October 10, 2014
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By Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / November 17, 2014  In our last post, we shared information about the new Teaching Channel ELL series based on  Academic Conversations (2011) by Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford featuring related classroom videos developed in partnership with the Oakland Unified School […]
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Socratic Circles and the Common Core: Activity Ideas for ELLs (Part III)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On October 9, 2014
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By Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / October 8, 2014   In the first two posts in our series about using Socratic Circles (or Socratic Seminars) with English language learners (ELLs), we provided an overview of the activity and its objectives and offered some ideas for how to […]
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Socratic Circles and the Common Core: A Close Reading of the Text (Part II)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On October 8, 2014
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By Diane Staehr Fenner / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / October 8, 2014   In Part I of our series on Socratic circles and English language learners (ELLs), we provided you with an explanation of what Socratic circles are, how they’re relevant in the Common Core, and some general suggestions for scaffolding Socratic […]
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Socratic Circles and the Common Core: Part I

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 29, 2014
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  • CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, Common Core State Standards, ELL, socratic discussion
By Diane Staehr Fenner / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / September 29, 2014 In this post, we would like to share some strategies for fostering English language learners’ (ELLs) oral language as part of Common Core-based instruction. Our focus will be on practical strategies for including ELLs in Socratic circles. First, we’ll […]
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Scaffolding CCSS Instruction for ELLs – New Resource Guides

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 11, 2014
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  • CCSS, Colorin Colorado, ELL, English language learner, ESL, Professional Development, scaffolding
By Diane Staehr Fenner / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / September 9, 2014 In my third post of the new school year, I’ll share with you more new resources that will support ELLs with instruction aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. (You can see my first […]
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A Deeper Look at an Innovative High School CCSS Lesson for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 10, 2014
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  • CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, ELL, English language learner, ESL, High School
By Diane Staehr Fenner / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / August 26, 2014 In my last post, I shared Colorin Colorado’s new multimedia project filmed with ELLs and ESL teachers in Poughkeepsie, NY. This week, I’d like to delve a little deeper into one of the high school lessons taught by ESL teacher […]
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New Multimedia Project: ELLs and their Teachers in Poughkeepsie, NY Common Core Classrooms

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 9, 2014
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  • academic language, CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, ELL, English language learner, ESL
Originally published on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner / August 13, 2014 As you prepare for a new school year, I’d like to share with you a rich multimedia project that was recently added to Colorín Colorado. The Common Core in Poughkeepsie, NY highlights authentic ways six ESL teachers worked with middle and high school ELLs to implement Common Core-aligned lessons. […]
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Summer Slide, ELLs, and the Common Core

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 26, 2014
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  • CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, ELL, larry ferlazzo, summer school, summer slide
Originally published at Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner / June 19, 2014 As the current school year winds down, I’m coming across several articles and blog posts on the “summer slide” phenomenon. The term summer slide refers to the learning loss that many students experience during summer vacation. This blog post highlights how the summer slide […]
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What’s Your “Elevator Speech” About Your Expertise with the Common Core for ELLs?

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On May 29, 2014
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  • Advocacy, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, elevator speech, English as a Second Language, English language learner, ESL, Professional Development
By Diane Staehr Fenner | originally published on Colorin Colorado May 22, 2014 Throughout my conversations with educators this spring, I’ve focused on helping ESL teachers further develop their leadership skills as they solidify their role within the Common Core framework.  One strategy is for ESL teachers to get some practice at explaining these new […]
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