This workshop follows up on a 2015 workshop given at the Immigrant Learning Center on the use of games and other managing techniques to achieve effective instruction in a multi-level ESOL classroom. A variation of this workshop, designed for those who did not attend last year’s workshop, will be offered on September 1 at Quinsigamond Community College. See calendar for full description.
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
- Teachers who have taken a workshop from Robin Lovrien in the past on any of the following: learning centers, using games or activities, or challenges of a multi-level ESOL class
Differentiating Instruction for Mixed Level ESOL Classes is a two-part PD opportunity.
Part 1: In the face-to-face session, we will examine how you can apply the games and activities you learned about to a wide range of content material and skills for learners at different levels of English learning and educational background. You will also learn the basic principles of employing the games and activities and managing a classroom to achieve a high level of differentiated instruction—a situation where ALL learners are able to learn content and skills most relevant and accessible to them. It is best for this session to have prior knowledge of the types of games and activities Robin teaches about for student- centered, hands-on learning.
Part 2: This part involves a three-hour online video session in which you will check in with your progress in achieving differentiated instruction through the use of games and activities. You are welcome to share any successful materials or techniques you have created for achieving differentiated instruction using games and hands-on activities. (We will ask you in advance if you would like to present something during this online session.) Time will be available for you to ask questions or request clarification about how to achieve an inclusive learning environment using games and activities. The date for Part 2 is November 4; time to be determined by participants and presenter.
In the time between the two parts, we encourage you to contact Robin with any questions, concerns, or requests for clarification you may have.
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Expand your use of previously learned games and activities to include a wide range of content and skills in an ESOL classroom
- Identify the basic principles for implementing and coordinating games and activities to ensure an inclusive learning environment in which learners of different skill and education backgrounds can experience relevant learning
- Describe at least two models for implementing games and activities in a multi-level classroom
- Plan a class incorporating games and activities that will allow learners of varying levels to work and learn productively