As our education practices change, it is important to consider its affects on the traditional requirements of higher education.
“Standardized tests are simply one component of our holistic admissions review, in which quantitative credentials are assessed within the broader context of an applicant’s interests, background, personal qualities and accomplishments,” says Columbia Undergraduate Admissions on the change. “We hope the increased flexibility with our application will ease some of the stress students may feel when going through the college admissions process.”
To read the full article: http://college.usatoday.com/2016/07/18/columbia-and-barnard-are-the-latest-schools-to-drop-sat-and-act-requirements/
Thank you to those of you that attended the ES PSA Coffee yesterday. We were honored to be asked to help present research, ideas, and ways to support your reader at home. For those of you that were not able to join us, we offered a 4 mini-workshops rotation that focused on the following areas:
Choosing Just-Right Books
Monitoring for Understanding
Inferring – What it is and How Can I Help?
Using Home Language to Build Reading Skills
The handouts shared in the session are now available on our “Resources” page under the subject heading “Reading” (click the tab Resources, then Reading).
We hope that it is helpful and if you do have any questions or need additional resources, please contact us and/or your child’s homeroom teacher.
Happy reading, comprehending, and learning together!
From our Principal Mr. Kanabar from this week’s SIS Weekly – some helpful tips and ideas for student support at home:
“Here are some ways in which you can continue to support your child at home:
Engage in your child’s portfolio through the SeeSaw app.
Ensure your child reads with you every day and ask questions about the reading to help develop understanding and connections to the text.
Continue to expect and develop a sense of independence and responsibility.
Ask questions about your child’s school day-see the prompts below that might help.
Subscribe to your child’s blogs so that you have an overview of what is happening during the week. This will make conversations with your children richer. ” http://share.sis.org.cn/elementary-staff-sites
Prompts to engage your children about their day at school:
1. Tell me something exciting that happened today.
2. What did you play at recess?
3. If I walked into the classroom, what would I see?
4. What made you laugh today?
5. What happened today that made you feel happy?
6. If you did today over, what would be different?
7. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
Dinner Time, Storytelling, and Family Conversations to Raise a Voracious Reader
We invite you to turn your family dinner conversations into powerful opportunities to build vocabulary. Researchers at Harvard have found that young children that participate in conversations have bigger vocabularies, learn to read more easily and earlier.
Next time you are having a shared meal as a family:
-As open-ended questions: “why” and “how”
-Use words to explain, remember, and tell stories.
As you can see, the emphasis is on having rich conversations when sharing a meal with your family. Despite the challenges of coordinating family meals, the benefits will greatly benefit your child’s language development.
You can learn more ideas at the Family Dinner Project
We have completed 3 weeks into school and routines, processes, and procedures have been established. It has been fantastic to see all the classroom communities being created; this will help the students and teachers focus their best energies into growing and learning this academic year. The EAL support teachers and the homeroom teachers have begun their collaborative work as well. We have been working closely with the teaching teams to co-plan lessons and units and meet with students to support the grade level curriculum.
As the weeks progress, keep looking to our blog for strategies, tips, and ideas on ways to help support your English Language Learner (ELL) at home!
We value all students’ native language, here are some online resources to practice reading in their first language.
- Unite for Literacy shows several titles about different topics. The books are in English and you can select a second language to narrate the book in an additional language, your language. This site contains a large selection of language options such as Chinese, Turkish, Swedish, French, German, Arabic, and many more. All the resources in this site are free to anyone that wishes to access!
- World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages like Mandarin, Spanish, Polish, Danish, French, German, Urdu, and more. It is free and you may have to register your child to enjoy a free account.