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4 Tips From La Maestra to Help Bilingual Children ‘Think More’ as They Read

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In a dual-language program (whether 50/50 or 90/10), one of the goals is for children to learn to proficiently read and write in both languages. Coming from an English-only classroom, every year I had some students who had difficulty with fluency and speed (how many words per minute they could read). I knew that if they were spending too much time trying to decode words, there was going to be little or no comprehension. Why? Your brain cannot spend aRead More ...

A “Real” Peek Into My Dual Language Classroom

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You are probably wondering what happens inside a dual-language classroom and how similar or different it is from an all-English classroom. In every school that I have had the pleasure of working at, the first few days go in a predictable manner: excited and nervous students walking through the doors of new classrooms, parents worried about what the new school year may bring, and teachers wondering what his/her new class will be like. Teachers prepare for weeks by brainstorming waysRead More ...

La Maestra’s Corner: Back to School Classroom Reveal

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Last week, I promised I would share my classroom with all of you. I have been working day AND night (including weekends) and, while I am not done, I wanted to share what I have accomplished so far. I put a lot of thought into the environment and how I really wanted to create a welcoming space. I hope you like it. As always, I would love to hear from you and read your comments/suggestions. Remember these? Now…the BIG reveal:Read More ...

A Closer Look at Dual Language Immersion Schools: Jackson Elementary

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Editor’s note: In the next months, we’ll be bringing you interviews with those who have first-hand experience with dual language immersion schools or programs: the parents who have their kids enrolled in them. The idea is to give you a closer look at what these programs are really like, how and why they work, as well as some of the challenges they face. Thanks to our contributor Elsie for coming up with this great idea! Today, I’m happy to shareRead More ...

Week in Links for #BilingualKids — May 24

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Living In Two Worlds, But With Just One Language from NPR — I’m sure a lot of you can relate to Elysha O’Brien’s story about being a “Mexican white girl who doesn’t speak Spanish.” The college professor’s parents made a conscious decision not to pass on their native language to avoid discrimination. Sad, but very real for so many Latinos. WISD Shutters Dual Language Program — A school district in Texas decides to end the dual language immersion program in twoRead More ...

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