Finding ways for learners to communicate what they know from life and the books they read has been a crucial part of Andie Cunningham’s work within literacy. Andie is a literacy coach in Portland, Oregon. She is also National Courage and Renewal facilitator, and consistently brings Courage to Teach to the professionals with whom she works.
In this four-minute video, Andie Cunningham confers with Luis during writing workshop. Luis is a six-year-old English language learner whose passion is drawing.
Andie Cunningham confers with Vita, an English language learner whose first language is Russian. Vita is in the silent period. Notice how Andie coaxes communication from Vita, and manages to convey a sense of delight at her work, an acknowledgment of Vita's importance in the classroom community, and some guidance for future writing.
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