Support for Teachers of English Language Learners
An online community for writing project TCs providing access to collaborative help in teaching English Language Learners.
Many of our classrooms have ELLs "mainstreamed" with English Only students, and though the teachers may use strategies to teach language as well as content (like history or science), I wonder how many really try to get to Know [their] ELLs and their needs, apart from those of their other students?
For example, the teacher might know that many of the students have Spanish as their mother tongue, but Spanish is spoken in many countries, and they all have a history and…Continue
How many of us have been told that we have to integrate technology into our daily lesson so our kids are exposed to it and better prepared for the upcoming Smarter Balanced assessments? And how many of us have felt like having technology for the sake of having it is not helping our students? This is common sense- after all, if a computer sitting in a classroom could prepare kids for their futures, our jobs would be irrelevant.
Fortunately, many educators have chosen to…Continue
Hello All. Was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for building empathy amongst all school members around ELL learners? Activities all staff members could experience during professional activity days would be great!
I'm hoping for some help from the collective wisdom of our site regarding a situation at my high school. I have a colleague who is facing a situation in his mainstream Government school class where he has four new arrival students enrolled who speak zero English, in a class with a total of 35 kids. Three different languages are involved here: Spanish, Punjabi, and Vietnamese, and the school has assigned him a Spanish-speaking paraprofessional. He believes, ideologically, that he must hold…Continue