Professional development materials
Here are presentations and accompanying materials at Peres and Bayview Elementary Schools during the 2017-18 school year:
Session 1: A Focus on Collaborative Conversations
Presentation Slides (Tasks introduced: Cafe Talk and Three Step Interview)
Session 2: Planning For and Analyzing Interactive Tasks
Session 2 Presentation Slides (Task introduced: Stronger and Clearer Each Time)
Session 3: Reflecting on Interactive Tasks
Session 3 Presentation Slides (Task Introduced: Scaffolded Collaborative Retell)
Session 4: Three Moments in a Lesson: Preparing the Learner
Session 4 Presentation Slides (Tasks introduced: Sort and Label, Anticipatory Guide)
Session 5: Three Moments in a Lesson: Interacting with the Text
Session 5 Presentation Slides (Tasks Introduced: Interactive Listening, Text Reconstruction Jigsaw)
Volcanoes Sentence Strips ( for Text Reconstruction Jigsaw)
Session 6: Lesson Planning and Observation
Several teachers have asked for materials that are specifically designed for newcomer students.
WCCUSD ELD Approach using Treasures with Newcomers
Here are three documents that provide guidance for ELD teachers in working with newcomer and beginning English learners.
- Introduction to Treasures ELD for Newcomers and Beginning ELs
- Survival Teaching and Learning Objectives per Unit (Grades K-2)
- Survival Teaching and Learning Objectives per Unit (Grades 3-6)
Here is a list of a number of activities compiled by Lydia that you can use with English learners during ELA time. Some of these activities will need the assistance of an able peer or adult.
These materials, found at Teachers Pay Teachers, focus more on discrete skills that newcomer students need. These are worksheets that students can work on, but must be used in tandem with instruction that focuses on developing their speaking and listening skills. I have not ascertained the quality of these materials, so consider this before purchasing them. My colleague does give them high marks, though.
Another Teachers Pay Teachers resource, providing lesson plan templates for small group instruction, based on Fontas and Pinnell reading levels, that can support newcomer students.