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EL Excellence Every Day: The Flip-to Guide for Differentiating Academic Literacy 1st Edition
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You have to see this book to believe this book. And once you use this book it will quickly become your most treasured teaching resource. What exactly is so remarkable? All of the best teaching tools in language and literacy are at your fingertips! Just flip to that strategy you want to learn or that literacy goal you want to reach for a wealth of ready-to-use resources to actively engage learners, build academic language, and strategically support literacy instruction.
Much more than a resource for EL specialists, EL Excellence Every Day is written for every teacher, with a singular focus on improving the ways we all differentiate literacy instruction. Busy teachers especially will appreciate:
- Over 85 flip-to strategies that help you engage and support all learners
- 200+ prompts and linguistic scaffolds to facilitate academic conversations connected to specific literacy goals
- Lesson-ready resources for essential literacy goals: anticipate before reading, read to understand, read to analyze and infer, and write with text evidence
- Formative assessment tasks and if/then charts for personalizing teaching to every student
- Differentiation guides that demonstrate how to adjust supports across EL proficiency levels
- Intuitive, color-coded design so you can find what you need, when you need it
No one lesson or strategy is ever the perfect solution for every student. No one student learns in the same way. If there’s one universal truth in teaching it’s that every child is unique. Devour this book and soon enough you’ll provide the excellent literacy instruction each and every student deserves each and every day.
"We need resources that clearly and quickly help us to meet diverse instructional needs every day in every classroom. Tonya Ward Singer’s EL Excellence Every Day: The Flip-to Guide for Differentiating Academic Literacy is such a resource."
--JEFF ZWIERS, from the foreword
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"Tonya Ward Singer’s latest book, written in an easy-to-access conversational style, is exactly what teachers need to bring English learners to the next level in language as well as content. Ward Singer obviously knows her way around classrooms that contain ELs and offers practical suggestions grounded in research of what teachers can do when very real situations arise with ELs. This book provides guidance framed around ELs’ proficiency levels and will help teachers find that ′sweet spot′ that we’re all looking for to promote our ELs’ excellence. I highly recommend this book for all types of teachers."-- Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner, President Published On: 2017-06-29
About the Author
Tonya Ward Singer, M.F.A., is a professional learning leader with a deep commitment to ensuring diverse learners excel with rigorous expectations. She consults nationally helping K-12 educators realize new possibilities in language and literacy learning to close opportunity gaps for ELs and students in poverty.
Tonya has taught at multiple grade levels as a classroom teacher, reading teacher, and EL specialist, and has extensive experience helping school leaders transform learning at scale. Her choice work is supporting educators in launching and sustaining site-based, continuous inquiry around live lessons. She has been collaborating extensively with multiple districts developing, testing, and refining observation inquiry, the focus of this book.
An expert in pedagogy for linguistically diverse learners, Tonya has co-authored curriculum for international publishers including Scholastic, Longman and Oxford University Press. She thrives on leveraging research and innovation to solve educational challenges, and inspiring others to do the same.
- Publisher : Corwin; 1st edition (February 19, 2018)
- Language : English
- Spiral-bound : 328 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1506377874
- ISBN-13 : 978-1506377872
- Item Weight : 2.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.74 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #163 in Education (Books)
- #377 in Education Theory (Books)
- #418 in Words, Language & Grammar (Books)
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I work with ELs in our local juvenile hall, jail and expelled students school. We get a lot of trainings that leave you with good feelings but still stuck the same classroom routines and activities. Tonya Ward Singer, however, gave a training that left us with a lot of ready-to-use activities. I’ve been using what I learned there ever since, so I thought I would buy her book.
This book sure lived up to the amazing training! It was as useful, digestible, and well organized. Since getting it, I have been flipping through the tabs for reference and also for weekly lesson prep. Unlike other powerhouse books, the amount of amazing material is not over overwhelming because it’s in small, bite-size bits.
My favorite part is about a Mindset called “Value English Learner’s Assets.” This idea is always mentioned in seminars but often in a token manner. Ward Singer really gets in the weeds with informed advice that shows you she doesn’t just pay lip service to this issue. She has a section called Actions to Live the Mindset which tells us how to “walk this talk.” For example, she advises teachers to pay special mind to pronouncing names correctly. I can attest to the efficacy of paying attention to details like this. There’s an almost confused delight that comes into a students’ face when you get a name like Xochitl (SOH-cheel) or Ivan (ee-VAHN) right, or even if you just ask how to say it and pay attention to the answer. So much negative redirection can be preempted by with moves like this.
“Valuing non-standard English dialects” is another amazing action suggestion. I will often diagram sentences in non-standard English to show that they are still following a grammar structure. I have witnessed the affective obstacles to learning start melting away. I have never seen this advice about names and non-standard dialects in black and white advice and I’m so glad Ms. Ward Singer, whose reputation precedes her, is preaching this gospel.
Thank you for these important insights and go-to activities!
You will not be disappointed! Thank you for creating this wonderful resource!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 17, 2021