October 10 #LINCchat Summary: Back-up Plans for Class

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Have you ever prepared the “perfect” lesson plan only to find out that the photocopier is jammed, or the Internet is down? Do you have a plan B, C, D or E? How well are you prepared for the unexpected to happen in class?  

When things are not going smoothly, how do you decide when it’s time to go to plan B? Do you adjust your plan, or do you abandon your original plan? These are a few of the questions we discussed with a small but passionate group of educators during the last #LINCchat on Oct. 10: @JoyOfESL, @danalbergman, @seburnt, @JenArtan , @jennifermchow and @LearnanaBodnar.

Thank-you to moderators, Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL), and Bonnie Jean Nicholas (@EALstories filling in for @nathanghall) for facilitating the conversation.

To read the summary, hover over the Twitter bird next to the subtopics in the image below. The interactive image was made with Canva and ThingLink.

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.      

New to #LINCchat?   

If you have never participated in #LINCchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #LINCchats occur every other Tuesday, with the occasional Friday.  If you have any ideas for topics or have comments about #LINCchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALstories a tweet or post a message on Tutela. Our next #LINCchat will be on Tuesday, October 24th at 6-7 p.m. PST or 9-10 p.m. EST. Please let others know about #LINCchat. Feel free to use the #LINCchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others.   


Jen Bio PicJennifer has been teaching in the LINC Program for more than 10 years. She loves using Twitter to stay connected as a mother, an educator and an active citizen. 

Twitter: @jennifermchow

ATESL conference and joint BC TEAL / ATESL Educational Technology Summit (ETS) – October 20-21, 2017

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Coming soon!

Bookmark this page! We will be posting videos from the keynote speakers of the joint ATESL / BCTEAL Educational Technology Summit.

Click on the images below to start the live streams or to view the recordings.


Due to network issues, live streaming for this session will not be available. We will be recording the session and uploading it as soon as we can. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, October 20th, 7:15-8:15am PDT / 8:15-9:15am MDT – Dr. Bonny Norton, “Identity, Investment, and English Language Learning in an Unequal Digital World.”


Due to restrictions, we are unable to provide live streaming or recording of this session.

Friday, October 20th, 12:15-1:15pm PDT / 1:15-2:15pm MDT – Dr. Darren Lund, “Becoming a Better Advocate for All Learners: Infusing Social Justice in our Practice.”


Saturday, October 21st, 7:15-8:15am PDT / 8:15-9:15am MDT – Dr. Greg Kessler, “Preparing Teachers for the Future: Designing Instruction with Automated and Intelligent Tools.”

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September 26 #LINCchat Summary: Learner-Generated Content

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With the new term underway, it was a good time to think about engaging our students in the learning process by not only inviting them to share their ideas and interests but also by infusing their lives into the curriculum. Thank-you to moderators, Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL), and Bonnie Jean Nicholas (@EALstories filling in for @nathanghall) for facilitating the conversation.

Thank-you to @LearnanaBodnar, @jennifermchow, @LINCInstructor, @capontedehanna, @MitziTerzo, @JoyOfESL, @gabyG_jolie, @shafaqmkhan, and @JenArtan for taking the time to share their thoughts on learner-generated content.

To read the summary, hover over the Twitter bird next to the subtopics in the image below. The interactive image was made with Canva and ThingLink.

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.

New to #LINCchat?

If you have never participated in #LINCchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #LINCchats occur every other Tuesday, with the occasional Friday.  If you have any ideas for topics or have comments about #LINCchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALstories a tweet or post a message on Tutela. Our next #LINCchat will be on Tuesday, October 10th at 6-7 p.m. PST or 9-10 p.m. EST. Please let others know about #LINCchat. Feel free to use the #LINCchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others.


Jen Bio PicJennifer has been teaching in the LINC Program for more than 10 years. She loves using Twitter to stay connected as a mother, an educator and an active citizen. 

Twitter: @jennifermchow

September 12th #LINCchat summary: Building Community in the Classroom

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Sep 12 LINCchat

The first #LINCchat of the new school year was a fantastic way to get ideas to build community as we start our new classes.  Thank-you to moderators, Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL), and Bonnie Jean Nicholas (@EALstories filling in for @nathanghall) for facilitating the conversation.  

It was so much fun chatting with new and old #LINCchatters: @AidaAganagic, @michellekkotko, @LearnanaBodnar, @a1zzhang, @seburnt, @JenArtan, @shafaqmkhan, @danalbergman, @LINCInstructor, @thespreadingoak, @DawnTorvik, @gabyG_jolie, @Agnes_Kucharska, @ambartosik, and @CameronJMoser.  We were so happy that @nathanghall dropped in to say “hello” near the end of the chat after his class ended.  

To read the summary, hover over the Twitter bird next to the subtopics (Important Values in your Classroom Community, Goals for Creating Community in your Classroom, Strategies to Building Community in your Classroom, and Students who Struggle with Community in the Classroom) in the image below. The interactive image was made with Canva and ThingLink.

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion here.     

New to #LINCchat?  

If you have never participated in #LINCchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #LINCchats occur every other Tuesday, with the occasional Friday.  If you have any ideas for topics or have comments about #LINCchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALstories a tweet or post a message on Tutela. Our next #LINCchat will be on Tuesday, September 26th at 6-7 p.m. PST or 9-10 p.m. EST. Please let others know about #LINCchat. Feel free to use the #LINCchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others.  


Jen Bio PicJennifer has been teaching in the LINC Program for more than 10 years. She loves using Twitter to stay connected as a mother, an educator and an active citizen. 
 
Twitter: @jennifermchow

“Embarking on Adventure: Planning, Proposing and Executing Your Conference Presentation” – a BC TEAL Webinars session

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Do you have an innovative classroom idea you would like to share with your peers? Perhaps you have an interest in replying to a BC TEAL conference call for presenters and would like some tried and true tips to get started.

Thank you to seasoned presenters Jennifer and Tanya for an informative session that took us through the steps. Participants were encouraged to request a mentor to review their draft proposal and offer comments and support prior to submission. Online options for connecting with a mentor will be made available, so regional participation is encouraged. This mentorship opportunity will only be available for three weeks from the date of the webinar. (Disclaimer: Mentoring process is a support function and does not guarantee acceptance of a conference proposal.)

Byte-Sized PD: 2017 BC TEAL Annual Conference

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At the 2017 BC TEAL Annual Conference, we gave people a simple task: video record a short summary of what they were presenting. Over the past few months, we have been sharing these videos through Twitter and Facebook. If you haven’t seen them or have missed some along the way, here are all eight videos in no particular order.

Penny Ur

Andy Curtis

Vesna Radivojevic

Taslim Damji

Seonaigh MacPherson

Ken Beatty

Nathan Hall

Jill Hadfield

From the newsletter: Refugee Rights Day – EAL Act!on

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Image credit: iStock.com/RadekProcyk

On April 4th, BC TEAL launched a nationwide campaign in celebration of Refugee Rights Day. This campaign connected the relationship between security of person to a sense of belonging and inclusion in our diverse communities – not just for refugees, but for all individuals. It included webinars and an activity package for teachers and was intended to highlight our commonalities and the importance of feeling safe and accepted for who we are.

How do you apply an intercultural lens to Refugee Rights Day? It starts with how people identify themselves and how they identify others. The EAL classroom provides a primary community, and a good place to start strengthening that sense of community is by getting to know each other. We often don’t know much about each other’s cultural background, ways of doing things or personal histories. In a classroom context, teachers making time and space for the group to be curious about and open to each other is key to modelling and growing intercultural sensitivity as well as to prepare learners to find greater acceptance in the community at large. This ability is as important as language if our goal is to promote healthy, inclusive and diverse communities.

These themes seem weighty, but the activities provided in BC TEAL’s Refugee Rights Day Activity Package were intended to foster a feeling of commonality while at the same time acknowledging difference in an enjoyable way. They also aimed to raise awareness of what inclusion, community and diversity mean to our students and to explore how we can “do” these in our daily interactions.

Teacher comments:

Jennifer: “Initially, students wondered so why are we talking about this? Yes, it was Refugee Rights Day, but these are all broader themes. Students said ‘we’re really glad we’re learning this. It helps me think differently. It’s important to learn about’. It was neat – the next day we had a refugee student enter the class and is now a part of our classroom community.”

Augusta: “I like to share my own identity story as someone who came to a new country. It doesn’t matter what the reason is for you being here. You are here now and it’s a difficult time, but there are commonalities… I wanted this activity package to be about all of us.”

Debra: “The whole experience was very positive… It gave a better sense of what diversity is and how we can be included because we do have things in common. It opened the door to other possibilities, to meeting new people and other Canadians. That we can see beyond what’s on the outside.”

Leanna: ‘The student’s especially liked being divided into groups to work on their poster board that reflected what they deemed as “Social Inclusion”. They liked the creativity, the visuals, the variety and freedom of choice, cutting, pasting and overall enjoyment of working together to create a positive message as a group.”

Tanya: “I did have refugees in the class and they were okay with the pictures. I felt comfortable because my parents were refugees also, so I talked about my parents living in a camp for 3 years. I thought it was nice to finish with an optimistic picture – Welcome to Canada!”

To access the package and accompanying image bank, please visit (https://www.bcteal.org/about/initiatives/refugee-rights-day/). Good luck on your intercultural journey and, if you do use the materials, we’d love to hear from you.

For the full article, please see the summer BC TEAL Newsletter (https://www.bcteal.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TEAL-News-Summer-2017.pdf)


AAEAAQAAAAAAAAQXAAAAJGZiYTFmNDEzLWU4NjctNDAzMC05YTQ2LWUzMjg4ZjA1Y2YyYgTaslim Damji is the developer of BC TEAL’s Refugee Rights Day package. She has an MA from King’s College, London and two decades of international teaching, teacher training, and research experience. Taslim is the manager of Intercultural Trainings through MOSAIC Works.