Support for Teachers of English Language Learners
An online community for writing project TCs providing access to collaborative help in teaching English Language Learners.
Join us at Know ELLs, a site for teachers of ELLs created and administered by the Teacher Consultants of the Great Valley Writing Project.
Looking for help? Ask your questions here. Want to explore our members' expertise? Check out our groups. Want to see what's happening inside an ELL classroom? Click on this group. Looking for student work samples to get some ideas? Look at this group.
As I was getting ready to write, I once again thought about science. However, looking back at my previous blog posts, I thought I'd shake it up a little, so instead, I went back to a site which talks about reading comprehension, and the science behind students understanding what they're reading. While not entirely separate from science, this week I wanted to introduce you to a site which gives us an idea of why purposeful, active reading is so important and why we need to…Continue
Posted by Lorena Sanchez on May 15, 2015 at 7:30am
Posted by Debra Schneider on May 1, 2015 at 5:00am
For the past week, my bilingual third graders have been taking the Smarter Balanced assessment. For four hours, they sit in front of 10" netbooks, and get to answer difficult questions about language arts and mathematics. While I am not a fan of standardized testing due to my experience as an ELL growing up here, I have found that as a teacher I am even less impressed. I am all for assessing students in order to measure their growth, their areas of weakness and strength, and gain…Continue
A study presented at the Intercultural Development Research Association meeting in Texas showed significant gaps in school funding between schools that graduated more ELLs and schools that graduate far fewer. The take away? Schools that spend more money serve ELLs better.
While the recession has lifted, the economy is still sluggish and the rising tide has not lifted all boats. School funding has still not recovered to pre-recession levels. In California's new Local Control Funding…Continue
Posted by Debra Schneider on April 10, 2015 at 5:30pm