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  • Our Own Use of Language We have spent a lot of time this year talking about student language, so I thought we could look at the language we use. In the past few weeks, I've come across a few resources that address that topic. Cult of Pedagogy's Jennifer Gonzalez wrote Let's Give our Teaching Language a Makeover to help teachers ensure their language use is helpful for student learning. She says using language well can:Shape student identityBoost academic safetyBuild student agencyInvite self-discipline and prevent escalationAnother great resource is the book What We Say and How We Say it Matters. The book challenges us to rethink some of the ways in which we communicate with students. It ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 3:57 AM by HSD Principal
  • More on Language and Vocabulary Development During some of our language PD this year, you may have been thinking, "But those methods don't really apply to how my class engages with our course content." Help is here. The article Instructional Leadership for Disciplinary Literacy (you will need to login to your ASCD account for access) provides a bunch of helpful questions to figure out what good language use looks like in your class. Those questions are divided in to four categories and some sample questions are below:Reading:In your classroom, what does it mean to read like a historian/literary critic/ mathematician/scientist? Have you made this explicit to your students?Which texts might students read that mirror what professionals in this field read ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2019, 11:00 PM by HSD Principal
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