We had a wonderful visit today to El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, NM as part of La Cosecha 2014. Here are some pictures of artifacts that I saw. The first 8 are from Kindergarten and 1st grade; the others are from 6th and 7th grade.
Many people do things that are illegal. Most people speed in their cars; many people drink before their 21st birthday. Some parents will even say that their children are only 11 when they are really 12 so they can pay less to watch a movie. I won’t mention the more serious crimes of which we are all aware.
The crime that people are guilty of when they are in the United States illegally is Entering Without Inspection. This is a misdemeanor crime. That means that it is a minor crime like underage drinking or petty theft. When people cross the border into the United States they are required to check in with Homeland Security.
When a person does not check in with the border patrol they do not become illegal anymore than an underage drinker becomes illegal. A person cannot be illegal. A person can do something illegal; a person can be in the country illegally. A person cannot be illegal.
We would do well to welcome the stranger, believe that all life is sacred and ask some questions. Why do people want to come into the United States? What responsibility do we, as citizens and residents of the United States, have for the conditions in their home country? What responsibility does our government have? Leaving home for a foreign land is never a decision taken lightly. An easy first step we can take in this matter is to treat all with dignity and never refer to a human being as illegal.
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While reading with a student today, the book talked about gardening and flowers. I asked my student, “Do you have a garden or flowers where you live?”
“No,” she answered, “we don’t have a garden at my shelter but I have a flower by my bed.”
That’s how I found out she was homeless. So, I continue to tread lightly, teach strongly and lend a hand when I can, for the people I meet are carrying some heavy loads.
All teachers who have Emerging Bilinguals (a.k.a ESL students) in their classrooms are immersion teachers. That is, their students are immersed in English when that is not one of the languages the students know.
Often I am asked, “How do I change my instruction to make the content accessible to my emerging bilinguals?” Below I have begun a list of ideas (most are not mine
Instructional Practices to Make Content Accessible
Cooperative learning or group work situations, including…
Language input that…
In the early stages of second language acquisition, input is made more comprehensible though the use of:
Sheltered techniques include:
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When I lived in Latin America people would often say, “We are poor because they are rich.” The reference connected the poor of the global south to the rich of the global north. The popular wisdom (and authors such as Eduardo Galeano) had it right all along.