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Home / Instruction & Assessment / Secondary courses

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To look forward - To reach the sky - To move beyond

PODCASTS for ELA/EFP

The act of listening to a narrative helps your students become better learners. Podcasts are a screen-free, multi-tasking, ear-stimulating and eye-opening way to deliver content.
Whether you are in-person, remote, hybrid, flipped or blended, podcasts can enhance your teaching in meaningful way.

Limetown

Recommended: Grades 8/9 Fiction Mystery/Crime

Serial Season 1

Recommended: Grade 10

The Connect: Apple Podcasts

Discussion: hosts discuss 2 movies and the things that connect them .

Single point rubrics are a great way to simplify criteria into just a single column while encouraging students to engage in target expectations.  They also allow for high quality feedback that is personalized and focused, rather than highlighted from a pick list that was prescribed prior to the student demonstration o f learning. 

Samples

How single point rubrics work

  • Include only guidance on and descriptions of mastery, or target expectations.

  • include categories that align with the competencies that the learning task is assessing.

  • allow space for the teacher to explain how the expectation has been met, and space for how it can still improve (or for the learner to self-assess) 
  • provide enough description for clarity
  • if the rubric is formative in intent, do not provide a final “grade” with a single point rubric
  • when the rubric has been provided as formative feedback, for process work, the same rubric can be repurposed for summative assessment

Examples

universal strategies for ells

These universal strategies can be applied to any learning activity without affecting the proficiency or grade.  

ELL support teachers:
overview of service

  1. The ELL teacher is here to help ELL students with the academic language of their classes while being culturally responsive, student identity centered, and asset based. Focus is on developing language while learning content within the classroom environment
  2. Support may include a combination of the following: 

    • In-class support (co-teaching/collaboration) 
    • Small group or individual support  (developing background knowledge, comprehension of topics, editing with corrective feedback on writing, practice for oral presentations) 
    • Working together with you (consultation, adaptation to assessment and instruction based on student need)  
    • Voluntary after-school homework/assignment help   
    • Online (blended) support through Google Classroom for writing and assignment clarification 
    • Help with communication and clarification with teachers, counselors and other school staff.
    • Advocacy for culturally responsive teaching and linguistically appropriate practice 

ELL teachers by school