The impact of bilingual learning in project based learning

bilingual learning

Teachers know the value of collaboration in the classroom when students work in groups. Evidently, it is part of many classrooms across the United States. Especially in science classes, project based learning increases in demand to encourage engagement between subject and students.

In fact, project based learning continues to thrive in many classrooms as teachers encourage students to metacognition and critical thinking skills.

Whether it is a science class or language support group, project based learning is making a path for English Language Learners (ELL) students to acquire language skills in unconventional ways. 

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Bicultural Mama interview

Bicultural Mama

Bilingual parents engage with their children to encourage learning a new language at home all the time. Today, I’m talking with a great multicultural mom, Maria Wen Adcock from Bicultural Mama.

She is gracious with us today and describes the happy times of being a multicultural mom to her daughters. As a mom and writer, she explains the benefits of having her daughters learn a new language not only from family but her community as well.

Importance of bilingualism at home with Bicultural Mama

1. As a bicultural mom, what do you think it is the most important aspect to teach your children about both cultures?

I think the most important thing is to teach them pride in both cultures. Depending on circumstances, a child’s exposure to both cultures may be uneven. In the long run, this could cause a child not to appreciate or value one culture as much as the other. For example, I live in a town with few Asians.

My parents, who are from China, live in another state. As a result, my children do not have daily access to Asian family and friends who can reinforce their Asian heritage. In this way, I make sure my kids are aware — and proud — of their heritage by educating them about Chinese culture and practicing traditions.

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Curriculum planning resources for successful teaching

curriculum planning

Curriculum planning is more than creating organizers to help you map out standards. When you use a plan to map out the curriculum, you’re making your teaching more efficient.

Even before you develop your lesson plans, a curriculum map allows you to consider the most relevant standards in the year.

Although not every class will move at the same pace, teaching with a curriculum map makes your teaching easier to plan throughout the whole year.

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10 clever ways to simplify lesson planning

simplify lesson planning

Keeping up with lesson planning is often a tedious teaching task. Because lesson plan is an educational duty most teachers don’t anticipate, the organization is an essential part of developing your lessons. 

To simplify lesson planning, you need an organized system to help you carry on other necessary teaching duties.

Many teachers use planners, calendars, reminders, and electronic devices to create lesson plans. These personal, organizational tools are useful when used systematically.

Helping you stay organized with different systems don’t support you in other areas of teaching. Essential teaching duties involve assessments, student-directed instruction, curriculum standards, and interpersonal parent-teacher involvement.

Consequently, you might need to approach lesson planning in a very simplistic, organized manner. Here I show you simple, practical tools you can add to simplify lesson planning at any time.

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Second language teaching and its benefits

second language teaching

What is a possible outcome when you learn a second language? Many studies reveal the impact of learning a second language is indispensable in this global economy.

Perhaps, the students in your class depend on learning a second language for career purposes. More importantly, schools are offering foreign language classes to adapt to the rapid rise of a competitive economy.

Whether it is Spanish or another second language, learning a second language is essential. Second language teaching offers a realm of opportunities for students of all levels to improve cognitive development, boost brain activity, and develop language acquisition skills.

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Teaching toddlers a second language

teaching toddles a second language

Teaching toddlers a second language needs patience and commitment. Often, teaching toddlers is a whirl of excitement. Lessons for toddlers carry a straightforward message.

The instructional part of teaching toddlers requires simple planning, lots of activities, and more hands-on exploration. Don’t expect for toddlers to retain information easily as elementary students.

However, don’t get discouraged! In fact, the more repetition there is in a lesson, the more they comprehend.

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Raising bilingual children in a monolingual household

raising bilingual children

Raising bilingual children is both exciting and exhausting. When bringing up children of different languages in a monolingual home, it is a mixture of language learning in many different ways.

Children, by nature, want to learn. Indeed, the more they are around people that speak other languages, the more likely they will pick up on that language.

However, it is not that simple. Language learning is a cognitive development of a brain process. In raising bilingual children in a monolingual home is hard at times.

What are some ways you could use as parents to bring up bilingual children?

Raising bilingual children is essential for language development

One of the means to add foreign language learning is to attend bilingual story times at your local libraries or community centers, if available. Perhaps, there are limitations in your area to incorporate more bilingual learning.

In that case, consider looking for closed-captioned educational videos or movies at your local library. Consequently, if you speak a foreign language than another person at home, try to focus on simple words or phrases with your children.

Why is this so important?

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