Attendees will walk away with a variety of ideas for implementing innovative multimodal and sensory projects with their PK-5th grade language learners to help support and bolster language acquisition from the Pre-production through the Advanced fluency stage.
Specific strategies for using multiple modalities (visual , tactile (clay) etc) to support language development will be shared that have been successfully used with language learners in Central America and in the United States.
The session will provide instructional strategies and lesson ideas for activities that can be easily replicated and incorporated by various digital instructional tools and free resources.
5 minutes - Introduction
- Survey about participants (title, location, etc.)
- Share an overview of our time together
10 minutes - Why multimodal and multi-sensory learning is critical for ELL’s
When student’s sensory needs are met, the stage is set for higher order thinking and memory.
Research by Mindset leaders Angela Duckworth and Carol Dweck
- Discuss sensory lesson taught in Guatemala for vocabulary
- Discuss clay sculpting- animation as a means for lowering the affective filter and promoting writing (NYC post 9/11 story)
- K-5 student examples
10 minutes - Importance of Visuals in Concreting Abstract Concepts for ELL’s
-Present research by Visual Literacy Expert, Dr. Lynell Burmark and the importance of connecting words, ideas, and concepts to visuals for long-term retention.
- Introduce to free authentic image site- Pics4Learning Site (www.pics4learning.com)
- - K-5 student examples
10 minutes - Importance of Academic Vocabulary
Research by Dr. Kate Kinsella on academic vocabulary
- Trading Cards and Interactive Games
- Frayer Model
- K-5 Student samples
15 minutes - Communication
“We can’t really know anything that we can’t communicate.” Ludwig Wittgenstein
Discuss students as authors (creating comics, booklets, and repetitive language books and scaffolds)
K-5 student examples
5 minutes - Resources and Questions
- Questions and Answers (this will be throughout as it is a poster session)
Armstrong, T. (1994). Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom. Alexandria: ASCD.Marzano, R. (2009). Six steps to better vocabulary instruction. Educational Leadership, 67(1), 83-84.
Boaler, J ( 2019) Limitless Mind; Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers. Harper Collins Publishing.
Duckworth, A (2016). Grit; The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Simon and Schuster Publishing.
Kinsella, K. (2005) Teaching Academic Vocabulary, an Aiming High Resource. Sonoma: Sonoma County Office of Education.
Kinsella, K ( 2010) Improving Education for English Learners: Research-Based Approaches. California Department of Education.
Marzano, R. J., Pickering, D. J., & Pollcak, J. E. (2001). Classroom instruction that works. Research-based strategies for increasing student achievement. Alexandria: ASCD.
Tomlinson, C.A. and J. McTighe. (2006) Integrating Differentiated Instruction & Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids. Alexandria: ASCD.
Visually Speaking | Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/visually-speaking
Wahl, L, & Duffield, J (2005). Using Flexible Technology to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners: What Teachers Can Do. WestEd, Retrieved October 19, 2008, from http://www.wested.org/online_pubs/kn-05-01.pdf.