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Rewiring Our Teaching

Rewiring Our Teaching

By Mac & Marie
Teachers and sometimes students discussing how we co-create anti-racist, culturally-responsive, compassionate learning communities. This podcast looks at this through the lens of teaching immigrant and multilingual learners. We teach high school classes driven by student agency. We share practical strategies that have transformed our instruction, as well as practicing compassion and reflection with ourselves.
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Ep. 3: Annotations as Entry Points with MLL/ELLs

Rewiring Our Teaching

Ep. 4 Reflecting on Lesson Planning as teachers of ELLs/MLLs
In this first episode for the 2021-22 school year, we reflect on how we have changed in our approach to planning units and lessons, from being teachers who were held to strict pacing guides or rigid units, to teachers who use a more student-centered, dynamic approach. Why do some approaches lend themselves to the "factory model" and how can planning be more responsive and center the student?
September 10, 2021
Ep. 3: Annotations as Entry Points with MLL/ELLs
In this episode, Katie and I discuss how annotations serve as entry points for students as they engage with texts in English, and as key data points for us in navigating which scaffolds or strategies best support a student. In this way, we can start with student interest, then move from there! If you work with newcomers or "beginner" ELL/ENL/emergent bilingual students, this is a concrete tool you can use to support both their language learning, comprehension of texts and learner agency.
August 28, 2020
Ep 2: Pushing the limits in Reading with multilingual learners
In this podcast, my friend and colleague describes teaching reading in a 9th/10th grade class in an unexpected way (it may raise eyebrows at first) with students new to English. In the second portion she describes her experience alongside a student who did not share a common language with other students in the class, and who was new to reading. We refer to this varied group of students as English Language Learners (ELLs) since it is still the most common term, but other terms are multilingual learners, emergent bilinguals and emergent multilinguals. Regardless of the term, these students are too often defined but what they don't yet know (English), rather than what they do and Katie describes here what it was like to lead her class by discovering and building on the latter.
August 20, 2020
Season 2, Ep. 1: Let's hear from the students
In this podcast, you will hear from two former students of mine who just graduated in June. I ask them to reflect on learning English as a second language as teenagers who arrived in the US in ninth grade. In particular, we focus on how they came to identify themselves as writers, or as comfortable and independent writing in English.  A transcript will be up on our blog at (I apologize for the sound quality)
August 10, 2020
Part 1: Student Driven literacy formats
This is part 1 of a 4-part series about what a student-driven class could look like with newcomer immigrants
March 13, 2019
We are here!
Podcast by 2 teachers for teachers, especially of English Language Learners, who want to throw caution to the wind and dive into a transformative instructional approach.
March 03, 2019
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March 02, 2019