Authentic, Meaningful Lessons for Newcomers
As educators, it is our responsibility to create and maintain an environment where our newcomers feel welcome, valued, accepted, and respected. We can do this by drafting and delivering authentic and meaningful experiences where newcomers are not just learning a new language but acquiring life-changing experiences.
Participants will engage in a range of activities to see how easy it is to create authentic and meaningful lessons and experiences for newcomers to not only acquire the English language but also grow personally. We will explore topics such as "Discover Own Identities", "Own Name", Our Story", "Embracing Language", and other topics.
Resources used to draft our lessons will vary based on picture books, compelling texts, magazines
Free app to publish books: https://www.writereader.com/en
ILA blog: Individuality and Identity Through Picture Books and Storytelling: Click here
Achieving the Core blog: Compelling Digital Lessons - Click here
My Name, My Identity: https://www.mynamemyidentity.org/
This post was originally posted on https://ncedleaders.blogspot.com/ on July 3rd , 2019
When I started my teaching career, (15 years ago), my mother gave me this hanging sign that says “3 Reasons for Teaching - June, July, August”. I hang on to it just because my mother gave it to me; However, you’ll never see this sign in my classroom because summer breaks are not my reasons for teaching.
Now, don’t take me wrong, I love summer breaks and I always take full advantage to recharge and refresh before the start of another school year. But as good as summer breaks might be, they’re NOT my reasons for teaching
The path to the teaching profession was not an ordinary path for me. I immigrated to the United States at the age of 15 years old. I started high school with the hopes and desire to graduate and go to college to be the teacher I’ve always wanted to be. From day one, I embraced school and education. Breaking all sorts of barriers, I was able to learn the English language and get all the required credits for graduation. But unfortunately, everything fell apart when I failed American History - Regents exam. With disappointment and a heart in a million pieces, I took the bus home and never went back. In 1997 I became part of the Latino High school dropout.
Failing at school made me question everything I believed I knew about myself. I started working as a cashier where every time I scanned an item the beep was a constant reminder of my failure. I didn’t believe I was capable to do anything else.
Years later I decided to rewrite my personal narrative by returning to school. I found a local community college and obtained my GED. I went on from there to find success in college getting y associate’s degree, my bachelor’s and then my Master’s degree. Today, I am where I need to be. Inspiring students every day to reach their highest potential. You see, I had potential within me all along. What I didn’t have was someone who believed in me. Someone in my corner encouraging me to find my passion and help me fulfill my human potential. I strive to be an educator who will be for my students what I didn’t always have: someone to believe in them.
So, if you ask me what my reason for teaching is, I would say it is INSPIRING MY STUDENTS TO KNOW THEIR POTENTIAL and PURPOSE.
I am super excited to introduce to you the 2019 #NCedLeaders Summer Blog Series. Every year, Boomer Kennedy, principal in Yadkin County, NC puts together a team of North Carolina educators who are willing to blog and share their knowledge and expertise. Bloggers range from teachers, administrators, district leaders, etc.
I am honored to be included this year with this amazing group of educators. During the month of July through August, you can be inspire by
*James Frye, Principal at Claremont Elementary School, which is part of the Catawba County Schools system. @mrjamesfrye
*Chris Poston, Executive Director of Elementary and Middle Grades Education for the Chatham County Schools system. @PostonPrincipal
*Robert Breyer, Principal at Cameron Elementary School, which is part of the Moore County Schools system. @rbreyer51
*Dr. Chaunte Garrett, Chief Academic Officer at Rocky Mount Prep. @drncgarrett
and myself *Emily Francis, ESL Teacher at Concord High School of Cabarrus County Schools.
If you are like me and LOVE learning from other EduHeroes, then check out these blog posts and be inspired!
July posts are HERE
Augusts posts ...will be updated soon ;)
Happy learning and Thank you for reading!