Effective Back-to-school Nights
by Judie Haynes
Represent the diversity of your school's ESL population with this low cost suggestion on how to put together an effective 'Back to School Night.'
One of the realities of teaching for all of us is "Back to School Night." On this night, teachers explain their programs and classroom rules to parents. It is generally well-attended in an elementary school. Due to ESL screening and testing, I have hardly begun to teach when "Back to School Night" rolls around. Many of my students are not yet producing work which can be displayed. However, I like to put something on the wall outside my room that represents the diversity of my school's ESL population.
Thanks to computer technology I have found several creative "Back to School Night" activities at a minimal cost.
If you prefer to do a project with your whole ESL population you may want to do the following:
- In order to demonstrate to parents, mainstream students, and faculty members the diversity of your ESL student population you can also print out the photos and cut them into small squares.
- Make a large graph and write the names of the languages your students speak along the left side of the graph and number the squares along the bottom of the graph. Have students glue their picture next to the name of their language. You may want to have your students write their name under their picture. They may also put an outline map and flag next to the language spoken. This graph can then be used to teach expressions such as: "Ten students speak Korean." Concepts like "more" "the most" and "the least" can also be taught.
If you don't have a digital camera...
If you do not have access to a digital camera, you can still complete this project with a camera and scanner.
- Take a picture of each student in your ESL program. After the pictures have been developed, scan each picture and crop it so that you have a head shot of each student. If your school pictures are taken early in the year, you may wish to scan copies for your file.
- Print out the photos using a color printer and the special photo paper.
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