Mastering language (thus thinking), in order to participate in and contribute to the “moral and social dimensions of the culture” (Burello, et. Al., 2000, p. 19)
Wish we all could have an army of writers and developers at our disposal [to ensure high degree of congruence between written and taught curriculum and a tight alignment between written and tested curriculum. ]
Suggested assessment innovation configuration . And PBL activities .
I'm not sure if this is much help, but here are our state documents for ELL Overlay for math and literacy: http://www.pdesas.org/module/sas/curriculumframework/elloverlay.aspx . Here is the site for Migrant and ESL Services (the web site is not too pretty, but the resources may be helpful!): http://migrant.iu12.org/ .
Engaging students in math curriculum betterus-fall09-web.pdf
National Equity Project. http://nationalequityproject.org/
The Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools (BayCES) is a nonprofit agency that provides education coaching and related services to schools and districts undergoing reform efforts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_Area_Coalition_for_Equitable_Schools
Culturally Responsive Teaching models and cooperative learning.
the "birdhouse" analogy. In the course of teaching someone how to build a birdhouse, they have to learn how to use a table saw, drill, screwdriver, hammer, etc. We don't have a separate course in these tools
The other point related to your analogy is that we don't just give them the project, throw those items on the floor and tell the kids to have at it; we have an explicit role to fulfill in helping them learn to use the tools for a purpose
Axiom 1 : The Role of Technology in the Curriculum : tightly integrated into the curriculum we are preparing learners for: digital age learning environments
Does the real need to protect students from the dangers inherent with open access need to be addressed in this axiom?
CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act) and the requirement to have a filtering system in place as well as providing instruction on cyber safety and cyber citizenship.
I think many school districts opt to be overly cautious to avoid being sued.
there needs to be a balance. - if we ban it, they never will get the opportunity to learn how to do so responsibly.
if it is our schools' responsibility to prepare children for their future and to become good digital citizens, that we need to provide them the learning environment through which to learn those skills.
It's the Wild West out there right now and teachers need to redefine their roles relative to taming it.