Learning the Fun Way

Last week I spent three wonderful days working with other educators learning how Academic Language can be made accessible for English Learners! We came from all over our state because we are committed to our immigrant and migrant students. We want to learn new ways to help them succeed at school.

Our fearless leader, Kellie, along with our train the trainers team, presented for 3 days while keeping us moving and engaged. We learned strategies and then we got to try them in action. We made mini-books, and then we got to keep the template so that we can modify it to use in our own classrooms. We practiced close reading, and then we got the bookmarks to help us remember how to do it with our students!

We worked hard, laughed a lot, ate good food (either brought in by attendees or at a restaurant), enjoyed chatting with old friends and making new friends. We planned together and individually. We exchanged ideas and shared resources. We encouraged each other and networked for future endeavors.

I am now in a planning mood! I am planning how to use my resources, printing, making copies and even laminating the big ones. I want to be ready in a few weeks to begin the school year with new energy and with new ideas.

I already know that both nErDcampMI and this workshop have influenced my plans for the first day of school. I want to read on the first day! I want my students to write on the first day! I want my students to work together on the first day! I want movement on the first day!

If you are teaching this fall, what are your plans for the first day?



7 thoughts on “Learning the Fun Way

  1. Sounds like a great time! ESL educators know how to do PD! And how to have a great time together. I read so much about nErDcampMI on Twitter ti made me want to be there. Lucky you.


  2. Bummer we did not meet at nErDcamp. This workshop sounds really good. I am an EAL cluster class, so am lucky enough to work with a fab EAL specialist, but I would love to hear more about the workshop, as we are always looking for more great ideas!


  3. A big YES for teaching with intent, Jaana. Because you want movement, it will come with your passion for returning to school. Do you have the mini-book template online? I would love to see it.


  4. PD is successful when participants leave with energy and inspiration. You clearly have both. You are ahead of me when it comes to thinking of the first day of school.


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