Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Best Ways to Teach Young Newcomers

The Best Ways to Teach Young Newcomers. The New York Times, coincidentally while I just stated about a growing English Learner population, has recieved input and responses from education experts and place them on the Times' website. The biggest debate question that caught my eye was: is billingual education (i.e. learning English half of the time and Spanish the other half rather than cram English quickly) successful?  I really don't know how to answer that question,  regardless of the responses I read, since I was born in the United States and education was encouraged by my 1.5 generation Asian-Am parents. However, one expert did note that there are also a lot of native-born students who have immigrant parents, but those parents don't necessiarly have the resources that, let's say, a well-to-do family might have. 

The best statement made, IMO, was: personalize the education. 

This section also had a very interactive map tracking immigration of the major ethnic groups in the United States from the late 19th century to 2009. This map is facinating to look at given that our American generation has become extremely diverse, as of the year of Obama. 

This is a side note - our school district is considering changing schedules from a block schedule to a 6-period schedule. One of the biggest questions, if you go back to my YouTube channel and see the Block Schedule Crusade playlist, is: how does a schedule change actually benefit ELDs, given a growing ELD population? 

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