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"A must read for parents and teachers who value bilingualism, biculturalism, and positive identity construction for their children. Highly recommended." - Choice

"Refreshing and inspiring ... If you are interested in learning how educators and parents can promote language acquisition, creating inventors who think creatively and (gasp!) even achieve excellent results on academic tests, this is the book for you." - Creative Educator

"The beauty of Diary of a Bilingual School is that anyone can read this book and gain something from it. Parents of bilingual children will learn how to help their children's education thrive. Bilingual educators and administrators will gain insights on how to create the best bilingual classroom experience possible." - Multilingual Living

About the Author

Sharon Adelman Reyes, Ph.D., has worked in education for more than thirty years as a teacher, principal, school district administrator, curriculum specialist, researcher, and university professor with extensive experience in bilingual and ESL classrooms. She is coauthor of Teaching in Two Languages: A Guide for K-12 Bilingual Educators and Constructivist Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners. Today she serves as program director of DiversityLearningK12.

James Crawford, former Washington editor of Education Week, is an independent writer and advocate on issues affecting English language learners and founder of the Institute for Language and Education Policy. Previously, he served as executive director of the National Association for Bilingual Education. The author of seven other books, including Educating English Learners (5th edition), Language Loyalties, Hold Your Tongue, and At War with Diversity, he is cur­rently president of DiversityLearningK12.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: DiversityLearningK12 LLC (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984731709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984731701
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tatyana Kleyn on August 18, 2012
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Finally a book where we are shown what good teaching - in a bilingual setting - looks like. Adelman Reyes and Crawford do an excellent job of taking us into the small moments of a classroom that are so powerful and connecting them to pedagogical and theoretical concepts. This book is a breath of fresh air in a "how to" climate of teaching recipes. This is real, entertaining and enlightening. And the look ahead to these students is a unique perspective...waiting to read more about them!
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Diary of a Bilingual School is a welcomed book focusing on what it means to be human and what it means to be educated as a bilingual student in the United States. The authors, Reyes and Crawford, explain complicated educational jargon in easily accessible and poingnant ways as they focus on the interworkings of a dual-language, two-way immersion school in the Midwest. Within the lively stories of classroom happenings, the reader realizes the impact of meaningful, constructivist teaching practices. What is perhaps most unique is the authors' account of the students highlighted in the classroom vigettes--years later once they have become adults. The result of this thoughtful, creative, and enjoyable book is a positive portrayal of dual-language, two-way immersion programs. The book is appropriate for parents of bilingual children, teachers, administrators and university professors. I give it a thumbs up--way up!
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A vivid portrait of a dual language classroom being taught in a creative way by a very effective teacher. Adelman Reyes' Diary of a Bilingual School combines lively story telling of classroom episodes with research based connections to important concepts that all teachers should be aware of and know how to employ - inquiry learning, constructivist teaching, comprehensible input, scaffolding and sheltering instruction. A great many ideas are illustrated in a rather compact book which can easily be read and understood by teachers, parents and others. It will be interesting to read the next book in which graduates of this dual language (Spanish/English) immersion school are interviewed about their experiences and their lives after graduation.
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This book gives us a wonderful, birds-eye view of what an excellent bilingual elementary education can look like. This is brilliant, insightful teaching with the goal of helping children develop into lifelong learners. How sad that today's focus on standards and test scores has caused so many to lose sight of what really matters: getting kids invested in learning and confident in their ability to navigate a world full of human relationships and intellectual challenges. Hopefully, parents and teachers alike will read this book and demand that our society give more thought to what we really want out of our schools.
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By Pigglies on January 29, 2014
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As someone who is potentially interested in teaching and someone who wishes bilingual classes had been a bit better when I was a student, I enjoyed reading this book. I remember starting out in a bilingual classroom in 1st grade, but it was more of an ESL classroom than a true bilingual classroom. I wish I had had a teacher like Ms Sontag! For the younger grades, such teaching methods really seemed to work well at this particular school. I'm not sure how this would transfer to older students, it would be interesting if there were a book about how their high school classes are run.
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By T. F. Aranzamendi on November 17, 2013
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I just read this book for a class. It does have a lot of good information but is slightly outdated.
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