Me: So I hear you talked about something in writing yesterday.
Kids: We did?
Me: Yeah, something that you already knew about. Something that starts with an "s."
Kids: blank stares
Kids: incredulously We did?!
You see, within the stream of consciousness that comes out of our (teachers') mouths, ELLs have a difficult time picking the most important words to catch along the way.
Back to the main point. Our kids are extremely quiet in their classrooms. It's as though they wish to remain invisible. After all, it's easier that way; you can't be wrong.
But this mind set is not one that we tolerate in our classroom. And because of this and because of giving students comprehensible input, this is what we get:
I promise these photos were not staged (Karyn and Imelda can vouch for me!). This is how they are every day! They want to answer, because they know the answer, because we give them input they can understand.
*Sigh* My heart gets so overwhelmed with happiness that I absolutely must capture these moments on camera. I love them!