Talk, Laugh, and Learn - Adding the Human Element to the Language Learning Environment
All students can master the words they need to succeed in school, but we must recognize that academic language is not mastered quickly or in isolation. These unfamiliar words must be learned over time. Mastery requires multiple, varied exposures, and an opportunity to practice in a safe, language-rich environment. Imagine three students, shoulder-to-shoulder, heads down, observing and talking about an array of interesting pictures. They offer detailed descriptions, share personal stories, and work together to connect the images to a list of new words they are attempting to master. They explore word meaning, word usage, write stories, and play games…together. They talk, they laugh, and they learn in community with each other. Discover simple strategies and tools for building highly effective small learning communities within the classroom. All learning, including virtual learning must incorporate the human element of connecting with others.
Joanne Billingsley is an educational consultant, author, keynote speaker, and nationally- acclaimed lecturer. She has over twenty years of rich classroom experience. Joanne has served as a faculty member at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and an international presenter for the Bureau of Education & Research. She is the recipient of numerous honors and teaching awards, including Texas Teacher of the Year. In 2009, Joanne founded Billingsley Education and has been providing high quality, inspirational professional development for the past 11 years. Her areas of active interest and research include the neuroscience of learning and language acquisition. Joanne has authored numerous books, including: Making Words REAL - Proven Strategies for Building Academic Vocabulary FAST (2016) Vocabulary Magic™ - 6 Steps to Building Academic Vocabulary (2013) Strengthen Your Teaching of SCIENCE CONCEPTS: Science Learning Centers and Innovative Technology Projects to Accelerate Student Achievement in Science (2010) Aim to Grow Your Brain - The Secret Mindset of Underachieving Students (2009)