This course is the first time I have tried a blog…I’m considering continuing to develop and add to my blog even after the course has finished. I’m not sure how many people would be interested in my ramblings, but it is helpful to think out loud sometimes. I have found that it has helped me organize my thoughts and focus.
As ESL teachers living abroad, we pretty much depend on web resources to enhance and guide our lessons. They are easy to access and a great interactive resource for the classroom and at home. Here are my reviews of 3 different web tools I have found useful, educational, and engaging for my students in grades 1&2.
This application is a wonderful resource. This application allows teachers to assign reading material as a class, in groups or individually. There are benchmarks set up within the program that allow students to progress through the levels at their own pace. Students are also able to make recordings for their teachers to track and assess. There many resources available to be used in the classroom. Projectable books, printable copies with text and without, comprehension worksheets, assessments for all levels. Every year we discover more and more we can use on this application. It a yearly subscription application.
This site has manty advantages. It is the perfect level for grade 1 ESL students. It starts with developing the alphabet sounds and then develops to short and long vowel videos, activities and animated stories. There are additional seasonal activities that are engaging and fun for all levels to participate in. Many of my students use this website at home and when it comes to phonics time they are so confident and engaged in the lesson. This website allows the students to develop and then engage prior knowledge during lessons. The stories can be used to assess the students’ literacy skills. It’s free with the option to purchase access to more resources.
We also use this video series to scaffold vocabulary based lessons. The creator has done a great job at creating videos that are engaging for all learners and they incorporate repetitive text that is grade and grammatically appropriate. My students also love this series of videos and again, watching them at home prior to our lessons at school, helps the scaffolding process and the development of accessing prior knowledge.