Monday, May 21, 2012

I Teach Dual Language: Speaking in Tongues Linky Party

¿El idioma de hoy es Español?  

Today's language is English?

I have joined my first Linky Party with I teach Dual Language. :) The linky party is to share how different and unique each DL classroom is.
    Each district implements the DL program of their choice and some school modify it to 'better fit' them. In the district and school that I work at we follow the Gomez and Gomez DL model. We try our best to stay consistent and follow the model to the best of our ability.
Language of the day: (LOD) We had always followed the M,W,F Spanish and T,Th English. But this year 2nd semester we have changed it to M,W,F English and T,Th Spanish.

Below are some simple highlights of the program:
K-1:  All Math is done in English, Reading/Writing in native language, Science in Spanish, SS in native language. Students participate in DL centers for a minimum of 20 minutes.
2nd grade: Things change in the ELA/SLA language percentage. We start doing 50-50, which meanings 50% percent in Spanish and 50% in English. Students participate in DL centers for a minimum of 20 minutes.

How this look in my classroom: One week I teach all Reading mini lessons in Spanish, Word Work in English and Writing in English. The following week it switches, Reading mini lessons are in English, Word Work in Spanish and Writing in Spanish. This works out when we calculate minutes allocated for each subject/component.

Here is my Lovely schedule: 
(I always seem to run out of time to do it all. Does this happen to anyone else? :)  )
8:00-8:20: DL centers
8:20-8:30 Morning Word- may include reading, reviews: grammar, passage
8:30-9:00: Word Work, Focused poem(great for fluency and practicing reading concepts)
9:00-9:20: Reader's Workshop Mini lesson/SS( This is when we use the yellow section from the students Reading Response journal)
9:20-10:20: Reader's Workshop- During this time students practice the skill covered during mini lesson, read independently, teacher pulls Guided Reading groups.
10:25-11:20: Specials
11:30-12:00: Lunch
12:00-12:30: Recess/RR break
12:30-1:00 Writing
1:00 : Switch with my partner
1:00-3:15-The above schedule starts all over, with the exception of DL centers and some of the 'morning' work. My afternoon class does these things with their home room teacher. Oh, by  the way the afternoon class falls short on time therefor they return to me in the morning.(Kind of weird but it works out)

I will post pictures of my DL center signs, student self generated alphabet, word wall, class labeling etc.I would LOVE to see how other DL teachers do their interactive word wall. :)

If you have any questions, please let me know and I am more than happy to share MORE! :)

Visit the other great DL blogs that are participating in the linky party:

I Teach Dual Language: Speaking in Tongues Linky Party


Candis - I Teach Dual Language said...

Thanks so much for linking up with this and for this awesome detailed schedule! I have not taught under the Gomez and Gomez model but I have observed it in action and really like its principles!

Mrs.G said...

It was my pleasure! Thank you for inviting me. I enjoyed reading about other DL classrooms. What model does your district follow?

Candis - I Teach Dual Language said...

Oops! I just saw this! The district I most recently taught in followed a 50/50 model dividing language by day instead of by subject. In grades 1-6, Spanish was taught on M & T, English on W & Th, and Friday was mixed due to reteaching and assessments. I have coached districts that follow the Gomez & Gomez model and there are certain things that I really like about it too.

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