Virtual Teaching Expo Question and Answer

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for!  It’s been a few months since I goodie bag for teachersannounced that I would be presenting at the Everything’s Intermediate Expo.  As of 12:01 am the Expo is live and ready for you to view.  The goodie bag is ready to be downloaded – and what a goodie bag it is – 9 different quality teacher resources, including my set of 6 reading logs.  (I was so excited to score some amazing resources from this goodie bag – including a Smartboard lesson from Laura Candler!)  The interaction and learning is ready to begin!

Each presenter will have a Question & Answer post today, so please stop by their blogs and tell them what you thought about their videos.  Here are quick links to their blogs:

Cara of Teaching… My Calling has done a wonderful presentation on Integrating Technology in the Classroom – with great, real life examples of how to use technology with your students.


Mor of A Teacher’s Treasure has made interactive notebooks simple and easy to understand, so you can start them with your class right away.




Tales of Frogs & Cupcakes

Janaye of Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes has some great suggestions on how to make math fun and meaningful for your students.


NEWLOGOAnd then there’s me!  For those of you who don’t know my topic – I have 53 minutes for you on strategies for teaching English Language Learners, which is a passion of mine.  We will be talking about all 4 domains: speaking, listening, reading and writing!


So, click on over to the Expo and watch the videos – and then come back here and give me a 3-2-1!  Have you ever done 3-2-1’s with your students?  I love them – they are such a great, simple way to gauge comprehension, and start discussions, plus they provide a nice structure for English Language Learners.  Here is a 3-2-1 for you.  In the comment section:

Tell me 3 concerns you have for the English Language Learners you teach.

Tell me 2 questions you have about: teaching English Language Learners, my classroom, the strategies discussed in the video, or anything else you’re burning to ask.

Tell me 1 strategy you’ll take back into your classroom on Monday.


Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources


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4 responses to “Virtual Teaching Expo Question and Answer”

  1. Misty says :

    Thank you so much for sharing all of this information. I am a student teacher and currently taking a class in grad school on ELL so this is such timely information for me.

    3 concerns I have: unable to teach grade level material to meet standardized testing requirements and English at the same time, unable to communicate needs of parents, lack of resources

    2 questions I have: what resources should I provide to my students to help them succeed? do you send home vocabulary to help the parents learn as well?

    1 strategy I will use: Love the vocabulary graph. I need to see if you have a copy of it somewhere to use.

    • rakisradresources says :

      Thanks for your comments!

      The best resources for your students are going to focus on vocabulary and reading that will increase vocabulary. Accessing on-level reading texts are one great resources to have on hand – even if “on-level” means grabbing a first grade book for a fourth grade student. If they are only reading at frustration level, which is where most of their text books are going to fall, then they are going to pick up significantly less vocabulary than if they were reading at a level where they can use some context clues to pick up the meaning of new vocabulary words.

      I’ve never sent home vocabulary to my parents, but I do send home a YouTube video of the week for my students to watch with their parents, on a topic we are covering. This is often specifically designed to give the parents the vocabulary/content that they need to help their children, without them feeling like I’m assigning them homework.

      Oh, and you can grab the vocabulary graph at Teacher’s Notebook

  2. Tamara says :

    Hi Heidi! THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge with everyone attending the expo! You had so many great ideas that can be easily implemented. Your teaching methods empower other educators, which is making a difference in education worldwide. Many blessings!

  3. lesliekindergartenworks says :

    Wow! You teach from a perspective that floors me! Thanks so much for helping me to see the reality that enters when an ELL student enters my classroom. In my current school, we don’t experience as much transition in this area, but I’m thankful to have been able to take what I’ve learned from you to apply in the future… but also with the families who are honestly just way different from the way I think, grew up and almost have their own different language and culture. I have tips to use and a perspective to be able to connect better and reach my students better.

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