Process Grids Galore!
Process Grids have neurological features to help accelerate language acquisition and literacy for all learners, especially for English Language Learners (ELL).
One of our favorite features from our Be GLAD Units by Uplevel are the completed Process Grids. They've built ALL of the Next Generation Science (NGS) and History-Social Science (HSS) units for K-5. That's 41 fully developed units that drive Common Core Standards for English Language Arts (CCS-ELA) through rigorous academic content using our award winning strategies.
These are GLAD units on steroids with a complete scope and sequence for all the new standards. We're excited as an organization to have this valuable resource to use for our Classroom Demonstrations when providing inspirational PD (professional development). It allows us to focus on our 'how' because our 'what' is expertly-designed by Uplevel.
The following Process Grids have these neurological features to help accelerate language acquisition and literacy for all learners, especially for English Language Learners (ELL).
Color & Shape-Coding
For different types of learners, we help categorize and sort using colors and shapes. It helps teach a thought process that matches the topic being discussed. A clear target helps students learn. The shapes and colors helps students breakdown the target into meaningful and easy to learn chunks.
Sketches & Pictures
For those new to the concepts and language (like our ELLs), we use enormous amounts of visuals. Some are real pictures whereas others are simple sketches to help our brains with comprehension.
As a bonus, we incorporate kinesthetic learning in the form of gestural sketches. Simply put, we use movements for key terms and vocabulary to help students learn the language swiftly with little fuss.
Just the facts. For note taking to be clear, we model putting only key ideas on our Process Grid. The rigor comes in the research, finding facts, and discovering new ideas. Students rich academic discourse comes out when they debate which category is the best fit and the evidence to support their claims.
This oral discussion lends naturally to presentations and eventually written work in a specific genre of focus.
From our recommendation, Be GLAD Units by Uplevel has included at least 7 rows of examples in their Process Grids. These match the:
-GOIC (Graphic Organizer Input Chart - visual syllabus)
-Pictorial Input Chart (visual schema)
-4 Expert Groups (facilitated/guided research)
-1 Team Expert Text ('They do' in Gradual Release of Responsibility)
-1 Individual Expert Text ('You do' in Gradual Release of Responsibility)
Celebrating Oakland USD!
Teachers and staff at Oakland Unified School District have succeeded in launching a pilot program for Newcomers and Emerging English Language Learners using Be GLAD strategies. The SAILL (Summer Academy for Integrated Language Learning) at Esperanza Elementary offered a summer program for 180 students from 23 Elementary Schools entering Kindergarten through 5th grade. Due to the phenomenal success, OUSD’s Summer Academy was featured on ABC7!
Build Oral Language & Writing Skills w/ the SPC!
The Sentence Patterning Chart has been called the “Blue Ribbon” strategy because of its power and potential. For teachers trained in Be GLAD, here are some fun and interactive activities that you can do with the SPC as a base.
Coaches & Admin: The Key to Sustaining Effective Instruction
There is an old adage in education surrounding professional development: “This too shall pass…” Most teachers have experienced the one-day workshop wherein great ideas are shared, only to never be implemented in the classroom. While fads come and go, one thing has staying power, research-based effective teaching strategies!
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