This workshop is a repeat of a series held in the fall of 2016. In this series, participants extend their knowledge and use of games and activities in the ESOL classroom for the purpose of achieving a high level of differentiation, which is the logical approach to managing mixed-level, mixed-skill, mixed-age ESOL classrooms. With a high degree of differentiation, teachers can assure that all learners are profiting from class time in the best possible way.
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 topics: learning centers, using games or activities, or the challenges of a multi-level ESOL class
Differentiating Instruction for Mixed-Level ESOL Classes is a three-part professional development opportunity:
Session 1: In this 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 with different levels of English learning and educational backgrounds. You will 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 the content and skills most relevant and accessible to them. Ideally, Session 1 participants will have prior knowledge of the types of games and activities Robin teaches about for student-centered, hands-on learning.
Session 2: This session involves a two-hour online video conference in which you will assess 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 and to ask for suggestions on ones that you find challenging. (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.
Session 3: This session is another two-hour online video conference in which you will continue to share successes and challenges, with an additional component: planning for next steps in differentiating instruction in your ESOL classroom. Video connection information will be provided in advance.
In the time between sessions, Robin encourages you to contact her with any questions, concerns, or requests for clarification you may have.
Dates and Times:
- Session 1 (Lawrence): Thursday, November 16, 2017, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
- Session 2 (online video conference): Friday, December 8, 2017, 9a.m.–11a.m.
- Session 3 (online video conference): Friday, January 12, 2018, 9a.m.–11a.m.
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 with different skills and educational backgrounds can experience relevant learning
- Describe at least two models for implementing games and activities in a multi-level classroom
- Plan an ESOL class incorporating games and activities that will allow learners of varying levels to work and learn productively