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.
I am the program director for a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant for my district. We have 54 teachers involved in learning science content (this year, we focused on physical science including motion, forces, waves, and chemical reactions) and how to teach from inquiry and phenomena using the three dimensions of the…Continue
Posted by Debra Schneider on March 20, 2016 at 6:20pm
Here in the United States we are surrounded and consumed by the upcoming election. The much televised and critiqued debates are hot topics in current events. This is a great time to get our students more actively minded and informed about our democratic society. This topic is difficult for my middle school students to comprehend or find any great enthusiasm. Even more unapproachable for my ELLs. I found this great blog on The Learning Network, "…Continue
Posted by Brandy De Alba on March 18, 2016 at 12:53pm
My school district is a recent inductee into the halls of AVID! We are now learning and training ourselves on bettering our pedagogy to help our students Achieve Via Individual Determination (AVID). Of course, in all of these workshops, I am constantly reflecting, "What are the implications for my ELLs?" I am actually finding a lot of applicability! Here is a short video -…Continue
Posted by Brandy De Alba on January 28, 2016 at 12:13pm
In my librarian credential program, we have been learning about cultural competency and culturally responsive teaching and collection building. When we face the effects of institutionalized racism or our own unconscious biases, thinking about how to be culturally competent or responsive seems like a good move, one that is less about blaming and more about improving our thinking and our skills.
This is important year round, I know, but during the Christmas-centric winter holiday…Continue