Do you welcome those unsolicited items students bring to school, or do you confiscate them? Dr. Mooney shares several ideas for using those objects to support ELs’ literacy development.
Are objects welcome in your literacy classroom? What do you do if a student has a non-essential item from home hidden in their backpack? Dr. Mooney suggests those objects could be just the bridge your students need to further their literacy developme...
Read what Dr. Stephen Krashen told Dr. Mooney about teaching reading today. Many of his ideas have remained steady over the years while others have adapted to the current effects of standardized curriculum and assessment.
It’s not too hard to find bilingual books in Spanish, but finding them in the less-common languages that some of our ELs speak can be more of a challenge. Dr. Mooney points you to several online resources for this hard-to-find multicultural/bilingu...
Dr. Mooney recently had the opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one chat with second language acquisition theorist, Dr. Stephen Krashen. Read what he had to say about teaching reading today and learn what instrument he loves to play.
Figuring out how to group students for reading instruction can be challenging when they have so many different needs. Dr. Mooney provides some suggestions for a teacher who recently asked about this topic. You’re invited to share your ideas in a ne...
English learners may struggle with reading for a variety of reasons. It is often difficult for teachers of older students to find texts that appeal to students’ interests, but are also written at an appropriate reading level. Dr. Mooney has a few s...
Infographic April 27, 2021
Thanks for the Phonology infographic! Very helpful info for me and my district!
Artist’s/Writer’s Workshop November 14, 2020
The Universal Language of Pictures: A Critical Tool for Advancing Student Writing by Beth Olshansky provides a strong rationale for leading students to begin their writing projects with artwork. You can read my article about a few of her ideas, but w...
Just a thank you! October 28, 2020
Enjoyed learning about this alternative to frontloading vocabulary. I think there are many teachers out there who teach using a discovery method like you shared in the magnetism lesson example, but they don’t realize the importance of connectin...
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