WOW ... very impressive

I recently started incorporating blogs into my after school ESL program. I have had pretty good results, but one of my students, Diego, has impressed me so much that I had to share with you his blog.

A little background, Diego is a 12 year old Ecuadorian ESL student in the 7th grade. He has been living in the US for 9 months.

My instruction - I helped each of my students set up their blog and their profile. However, the blogs they write are completely their choice. If a student does not know what to write about I will give them ideas; favorite movie, things you remember about your country, what you learned in ESL class, etc. I will not edit their blogs unless they ask for help. Some students ask for help and some do not. Diego will ask for help on spelling a few words, but usually nothing more.

Take a look at his blog ... you will be impressed! (and if you feel so inclined comment on one of his blogs, you have no idea how happen he will be)
Diego's Blog

Non Fiction - How students process the information?

Non fiction is something that we should take advantage of in our ESL classrooms. When students read non fiction texts they are exposed to words, ideas and concepts that they can use everyday in their own lives. Students are able to gain information about people, places and things and articulate that information to their peers.

When my students are reading non fiction texts I use the process: collect, summarize, and present. While students are reading, they collect important information and write it on post its. Then they summarize the information into their own words. Finally they present what they learned from the book. The present part can be done as an oral presentation. However, typically I have the students showcase their information through a writing piece and then share one thing from their writing. Different ideas for writing are as follows; a travel brochure, a feature article on a famous person, web comparing and contrasting two animals, write a letter to author about the book, etc. There are many different ways students can present their work, we just need to make sure our students are processing the information they are reading about.