Sleep like a rock
Light as a feather
Cream of the crop
As big as a bus
The above phrases are examples of figurative language, all of which are commonly used in day-to-day English.
Any student–especially any English language learner–can struggle with such figurative speech, particularly when the implied meaning (i.e., idiom) does not translate to the student’s first language.
The concept of figurative language is also difficult for struggling readers to understand, but all students need to be able to identify and use it in reading and conversation. Read more »
Ask a typical educator about game-based learning and video games in school, and expect at least some skeptical responses.
Many educators and parents worry about gaming as an educational tool.
Research on the educational worth of video games has been mixed, and some educators point out the fact that most data come from short-term studies.
While research on educational software is still young, increasing evidence points to positive outcomes for today’s students—despite the prevalence of headlines linking video games to bad behavior or lukewarm learning outcomes.
According to James Gee, an education professor at Arizona State University, blaming all video games for poor results is like blaming all food for the existence of obese people.1 Read more »
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Just when spring fever hits hard in classrooms across the country, Earth Day 2016 appears as a welcome friend on the horizon.
How will you and your students celebrate Earth Day this Friday, April 22nd? Read more about the history of this important event before you decide.
Why Earth Day?
After a Wisconsin senator witnessed firsthand the toxic effects of a Santa Barbara, CA oil spill in 1969, he knew it was time to rally the public, inspiring all to protect the earth’s environment.
On April 22, 1970, the first-annual Earth Day was born.
At the time, over 20 million people across America rallied for a cleaner environment. Year by year, participation increased and Earth Day events became more popular.
When Earth Day went global in 1990, it was celebrated by over 200 million people worldwide.
Each year, many important changes occur because of Earth Day celebrations. For example: Read more »
A guest post
Teresa Vignaroli, ELL Supervisor, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia; Julie Baye, ELL School Improvement and Accountability Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia; Giuliana Jahnsen Lewis, ELL Staff Development Trainer, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia
Imagine Learning now publishes monthly guest posts in order to stimulate conversations about K12 education across the country. Opinions expressed herein are those of the individual author(s) and may not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Imagine Learning.
Like many other districts in the nation, Loudoun County Public Schools has experienced an influx of older English Language Learners (ELLs).
Currently, nearly twenty-seven percent of our high school ELLs are proficiency level 1 students; forty-five percent are combined proficiency levels 1 and 2 students.
These students bring a myriad of situations and challenges that include varying ethnic backgrounds, low socioeconomic status, differing levels of formal education, and special needs status.
The varying language learner types and their unique needs indicate that there is no one-size-fits-all service delivery model nor one intervention that addresses, in its entirety, the best practices in service delivery models for high school ELLs.
Research, however, indicates that ELLs must have access to standards-aligned curriculum that is rigorous and grade-level appropriate. Read more »
Did you know that March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday?
It’s true. And, what better way to celebrate than to ‘Read Across America’? Chances are good that your library or school already has big plans. But if they don’t, you can still celebrate. Here’s how:
1. Dress like your favorite Dr. Seuss character
Every birthday celebration is more fun when you get to dress up. Most kids know and love The Cat in the Hat, and it’s not hard to create some red/white striped hats from paper and tape.
Ditto for making some grey elephant ears for those who want to look like Horton. And everyone will giggle when they wear a bushy Lorax mustache! Read more »