185. I am participating in the Non traditional Teacher Certification program in Arkansas and would like to submit several questions to you regarding ESL and Cross Cultural Understanding. I teach math to 115 8th graders in a rural junior high school. The first and most important of my classroom rules is that students will show respect for all people, places, activities and materials related to learning in my classroom. We spend part of the first week of school discussing the term "respect" and identify actions that display an understanding of the word as it relates to the learning environment. I would like to expand this lesson throughout the school year using some of the 3000 positive adjectives you spoke about on the website. Where can I find this list?
A very large number of English and Spanish positive words appear in response to several questions in my Web Sites. The complete list of 3,000 words was shown to me --one word per index card-- by a most dedicated teacher at Arlington High School in Arlington, Texas. I provided a two-day training program on the development of positive self esteem and a positive image for Hispanic students as a means to improve their academic achievement and motivation. One of the teachers spent the night looking up positive words in her unabridged English dictionary and wrote the 3,000 words on flashcards --one by one-- and brought several shoeboxes full of cards the next day. I have compiled about 300 of these words in English and Spanish --teachers in Texas and Colorado worked on this project-- and all of the 300-or-so words are posted in my Web Sites. Feel free to look them up and use them!!!! They work so well!!!!!
For more in-depth information, classroom demonstrations, and "coaching" of new and/or experienced teachers, Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK offers:
1. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
2. Cross Cultural Diversity - Multicultural Strategies
3. Effective Instruction for English Learners (L.E.P. students) Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
4. Promoting Academic Success in Language Minority Students
5. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
6. Oral Language / Literacy Skills / Higher Order Thinking Skills
7. 50/50 Dual Language Programs: design, planning and implementation
8. The Structure of English / The Structure of Spanish
9. Transition: Introduction to English Reading
Web Site Programs for Teachers: Numbers 1, 5, 7, 8, and 9.
Web Site Programs for Paraprofessionals: Number 3.
Web Site Programs for New Teachers:
Enhanced Cultural Sensitivity - The Challenge of Students Diversity
Identifying / Responding to Students' Language Needs
Phonemic Awareness: Teaching English phonics to L.E.P. students
Relationship Between Reading, Writing and Spelling
Improving Reading Performance -- Building Oral Language Skills)
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CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK, Ph.D.
Educational Consultant, Program Evaluator
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Certification (12/2006)
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