Technology is a major component of modern society. Students learned how to check the validity of websites and data, how to research and then develop their own opinions, and how to navigate multiple forms of technology. Probeware made science labs more accurate and online simulations were an inexpensive way to introduce or expand on new ideas. Students also created their own iMovies and small 3-D objects with our 3-D printer. Students were exposed to coding and had to learn to navigate an online classroom.
I was fortunate to work in a district that provided an abundance training in the common core to help us serve our many English Language Learners (ELLs). I taught Structured English Immersion (SEI) classes and found that the training also helped my other learners, including the honor students. I have always emphasized vocabulary, either through games or flashcard foldables, but my last school enforced a vocabulary wall that differentiated the nouns, verbs, and adjectives. I was introduced to many different games and strategies to make the word wall interactive. I was also introduced to a strategy called “Scientifically Speaking” which gave students a fun way to practice using the vocabulary. To help writing skills, we practiced Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) and taught students how to write a strong conclusion.