• Question Answer Response (QAR) strategy

    Posted by Daniel Abeyta on 9/15/2015 2:50:00 PM

    Question Answer Response (QAR) sets is a strategy you can use with all students. However, it is not used the same way for all students. The four questions sets include the following:

    1. Right There: I can point to the answer in the text or picture.
    2. Think and Search: I listen to the question and choose an answer from among a few options in the text.
    3. Author and Me: I take what the author says and must interpret its meaning based on my background knowledge.
    4. On My Own: I take what the author said and try to apply it to a new situation using my own opinion and worldview. 

    Are all QAR sets appropriate for your English Language Learner (ELL)? It depends.

    First you must ask, "What is my ELLs English Language Development (ELD) level?" If it is low, then use a right there QAR set. If it is high, then use an Author and Me QAR set. If it is somewhere in the middle, then use a Think and Search QAR set. As the student progresses, try something a bit more challenging. 

    In ESL, we use a 6 scaled rubric to measure ELD in all four language domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing). As you can see below, ELD is a continuum between limited English and fluent English. A student's ELD is never static. It always changes and depends highly on the subject and language domain. 

    See table below:

    1. Entering--no experience with English in any of the four language domains.
    2. Emerging 
    3. Developing
    4. Expanding
    5. Bridging
    6. Reaching--Native-like fluency with English in ALL four language domains.
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  • What is a Can Do philosphy?

    Posted by Daniel Abeyta on 8/28/2015 2:00:00 PM

    A CANNOT DO philosophy says, "This student cannot speak English, so he or she CANNOT communicate their understanding." 

    A CAN DO philosophy says, "Even though this student speaks another language, he or she CAN creatively show me their understanding."

    When asking students questions, a CANNOT DO philosophy thinks, "If I ask this student a question, it will slow down the pace of my lesson."

    When asking students questions, a CAN DO philosophy thinks, "If I allow this student to practice a response with a peer, he or she will be prepared to answer my question with confidence."


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