Posts made in May, 2017

Learning List Helps Educators Identify Materials for English Language Learners

As a means to understand how district and campus-level staff “acquire and use instructional materials for English language learners (ELLs),”the Council of the Great City Schools conducted a survey of educators in urban school districts nationwide during the 2012-13 school year. Of the 248 survey respondents, 59% were ELL teachers, specialists, and/or coordinators. Below are some key findings from the survey:

  • 82% of respondents said their current ELL materials did not reflect the rigor required by standards.
  • 48% used general education materials with ELLs; 42% used supplemental ELL materials in conjunction with core curriculum materials.
  • 34% of respondents said that they know good materials for ELLs exist, but finding them is difficult and time consuming.

Learning List’s reviews can help educators identify products that support ELLs. Our alignment reports provide detailed information about each product’s alignment to standards. These reports analyze whether and specifically where the material addresses the content, context and the rigor required by the applicable standards, including the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, California, Florida, and Common Core State Standards. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: 3P Learning Mathletics

3P Learning Mathletics3P Learning’s Mathletics is a supplemental product that supports intervention and enrichment in mathematics for students in grades K-12. Content is available online and includes some printable resources. Instruction is personalized for individual students and includes interactive learning activities that target specific standards and learning needs. Learning List recently reviewed resources for grades K-6. [Read more…]

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Review: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Resources

books-659690_1280Very few products we reviewed are specific to Texas or include direct references to the TEKS in teacher and/or student materials. However, some products contain supplemental resources, such as lesson plans and correlation documents, to help Texas teachers plan TEKS-aligned instruction. Surprisingly, some products that include Texas in their titles (e.g., Pearson’s “Texas Manufacturing Welding”) do not include references to the TEKS. This is likely due to the fact that many CTE products, while suitable for high school instruction, are designed to meet the needs of community college students and students in career and technical schools. [Read more…]

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A Thank You to My Teachers

Thank YouDuring Teacher Appreciation week, I often hear of the amazing teachers that turn lives around. I read stories that inspire and motivate.  But, there are many more untold stories of the impact that a good teacher has over the span of their career in education.  And as I reflect on my experience as a student, I would like to thank all of the teachers from Rockwall ISD. [Read more…]

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The Ripple Effect of Supporting New Teachers

One tRipple Effecteacher I would like to thank is Ms. Anita Johnson, who taught English at Dallas ISD’s J.L. Long Middle School in the 1980s. Ms. Johnson was my supervising teacher when I completed a semester of student teaching in 1986.  Ms. Johnson taught me how to structure a lesson, plan for contingencies, and use an overhead projector. More than that, she taught me the gentle balance that is classroom management—the importance of being kind, fair, and firm. [Read more…]

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