Support for Teachers of English Language Learners
An online community for writing project TCs providing access to collaborative help in teaching English Language Learners.
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
Posted by Tom O'Hara on September 6, 2014 at 5:27pm
I have shared with you all that I am facilitating professional development for science teachers in my district, and we have been awarded a grant to support early implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in our K-8 classrooms. So I am ALL IN for science and spend any free time I can find learning more about science, especially in elementary, since my experience is almost completely in middle and high school ELA and social studies.
To learn more, I follow…Continue
Posted by Debra Schneider on September 2, 2014 at 6:27pm
Last year I used the book They Say, I say...a lot! I used sentence frames and starters to help my ELs directly quote the author or source, state an opinion, give evidence, counter argue..etc. I was super excited about the growth in my students' writing and willingness to write. Many students began to internalize the vocabulary and expand their writing and reasoning. I was geared up and ready to continue using sentence frames and clozed sentences this year...that is until I heard a discussion…Continue
Posted by Brandy De Alba on August 10, 2014 at 10:13pm
This is a very exciting and scary year for me. We are expected to do a lot of new things this year at my school. One of the new things I will need to integrate are the GLAD strategies in our classroom. I am very excited to do this. I've heard, seen and even done some aspects of GLAD, but I've never had the actual training for these strategies. It's exciting to see all these ideas that I can do with my students. I love that…Continue