CoRP Lesson Content Discussion Template

Topic for the week: ECE environment and teaching DLLs

Initial Name:                                                           Date: 04/06/2021

Final Name:                                                                            Date

What are two things you knew (or thought you knew) about this topic before engaging with lesson materials?
A review of your IRQ responses would be good for this section - pulling out ideas from your IRQ responses that you think relate to the lesson topic(s).  When I think of an ECE environment teaching DLLs I think of a language-rich classroom. I visualize signs, books, poems, and visually attractive words and letters.  As I think about teaching DLLs, I think of a very detailed lesson plan that intentionally uses both languages.              
What are three interesting concepts or ideas you learned from this week’s materials?
When noting the interesting concept/idea/data/facts, make sure to expand on why you found it interesting.  I loved that in the article “Dual Language Learners: Effective Instruction in Early Childhood,” they emphasize that DLLs' home language and English growth go hand-in-hand.   In the “Tip Sheet: including Children’s Home Language and Cultures,” I found it interesting that they mentioned how bringing in language and literacy activities from home into the classroom can help make the child feel more included. In the article “Why Do We Need A Planned Language Approach?”, mentioned that a child’s reading ability and school achievement in the third grade is a reflection of vocabulary development between the ages 0-3yr. Is that crazy or what?         
What are four questions you have after engaging with the lesson materials?
Your questions need to be open-ended. No short answer or yes-no questions. If you do have a yes-no question, you can make it open-ended by adding on a why or why not. Also, your questions should NOT be comprehension style questions. You are not quizzing each other on the materials. Instead, write questions that allow your peers to share their thinking, their expires, etc. Note the material (and if possible page, section or timestamp) your question is related to. For example, you might pose your question as, “After watching the video ‘Why Supporting CAs DLLs Matters”, my question for you is... What key component of a PLA, as described in the article “Planned Language Approach,” do you think is most crucial for development? What kind of adaptations can you make with your PLA for DLLs who have a disability or possible delay as described in the article “The BIG 5?” Which of the four keys from the article “Dual Language Learners: Effective Instruction in Early Childhood” stood out to you the most? Why? On the “Tip Sheet: Creating Environments that include Children’s Home Languages and Cultures,”  there are three different options describing what teachers to do;  what is another example for each section that you can do in your classroom?
Big Takeaways:
What are the big takeaways for you from the lesson materials and how do these concepts apply to your personal or professional life?  (as a parent, as a ECE educator, future ECE educator, community member, brother, sister, etc..) I have two big takeaways this week, first is the reminder that teaching DLLs includes their home language. Growing in English is accomplished by growing in their home language. The other is that there are several ways for teachers to include objects, books, stories, poems, music, or art from a DLLs culture to make them feel more included and comforantle in class. In turn, bringing these items opens the minds of the other students.         For Final Response to a group member, you must: answer his/her questions and leave comments for their prior knowledge, interesting concepts and big takeaways above. (use a different color font in your responses)