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Amistad Staff Study Blog

Nov 20
You are a biliteracy practitioner

​Describe how you see yourself as a biliteracy practitioner, even if you teach in a general ed classroom.


I am continually aware that...

I am continually aware that my students have a deficit in English academic language but also an ability to speak and understand in another language.  I need to learn to better access ALL of their knowledge to enhance their learning and their ability to store and retrieve what they are taught.
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  • Anita Lane
 on 11/22/2013 2:35 PM

After reading Chapter 1 "Fo...

After reading Chapter 1 "Foundations in Teaching for Biliteracy" I feel I better get a better background in speaking Spanish.  I recognize when my students are using both Spanish and English.  I can validate for them phonemic information so that they know the difference between English and Spanish sounds.  But there are times that just a  little more clarification in their native language (bridging) might help them cross the Bridge.  I guess I'm saying that I'm an immerging biliteracy practitioner that's learning the bridging process.
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  • Suzanne Curn
 on 11/28/2013 8:18 PM

I have seen students helpin...

I have seen students helping other students and teachers who are not bilingual use the bridging techniques/process and it's pretty amazing. Christine and Jen come to mind; third grade team is also getting creative to help students bridge between languages.
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  • Natalie Lahti
 on 12/13/2013 9:09 AM