SOL, 10-18-16

Beginning Language Learners, Thinkers. A researcher once said that the mind is not designed for thinking, rather stated that human functioning relies on memory. In order to activate our memory, we must have knowledge, the researcher concluded. When I work with students with emerging English language skills, they can’t express their thinking but I can tell when the brain is engaged showing how their brain activates. Beginner learners’ language abilities might be limited but given the necessary prompts, tools, manipulatives, thinking emerges and connections are noticeable. Without the need of words, I can ‘see’ their knowledge, an opportunity to teach and to learn. Trusting that their knowledge will make them want to know more.

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3 Comments

  1. I’m puzzled by this line: “When I work with students with emerging English language skills, they can’t express their thinking but I can tell when the brain is engaged showing how their brain activates.” What does that engagement look like, which counts as brain activation, but not an expression of thinking?

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