Curriculum, Life

How Gratitude Can Improve Your Life as a Teacher

If you’re anything like me, I start to feel extremely overwhelmed about a month and a half into the school year. I spend my summers off planning, prepping, catching up on sleep, and dreaming about how amazing the next school year will be. That rush and optimism last the first six weeks or so, then… Continue reading How Gratitude Can Improve Your Life as a Teacher

Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, school

10 Tips for Teaching a Split Grade Class

When I was still teaching in elementary, June and September always held a lot of stress for me. How many students are registered? How many will register over the summer? Do we have enough for straight grade classes? Is the universe on my side, or does it feel like throwing a stressful wrench into my… Continue reading 10 Tips for Teaching a Split Grade Class

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7 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Bridging English Language Learners

Bridging English Language Learners are almost at the level they’re completely fluent in English. In fact, many native English language speakers never get to this level! This is great, because these bridging ELL students are basically completely integrated in your classroom and can complete work quite seamlessly with their peers. WORK INDEPENDENTLY At this point,… Continue reading 7 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Bridging English Language Learners

Curriculum, Elementary, ell, High School, Junior High, school

6 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Expanding English Language Learners

Working with expanding English language learners is tons of fun because there’s so much they can still learn, but also so much they’re capable of now that they’ve built up more skills.  By now, students in your classes will have an idea of routines, they should be fairly well adapted to the school, your room,… Continue reading 6 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Expanding English Language Learners

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7 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Developing ELL Students

Developing English language learners have enough foundational language skills to fictions fairly well in the classroom. However, they still need supports, especially around academic vocabulary, language conventions, and new concepts and content. Here are some of my favourite ways teachers can explicitly support developing English language learners.language conventions: PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF FINISHED WORK Students at… Continue reading 7 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Developing ELL Students

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14 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Beginning English Language Learners

There are so many ways we can help to support our beginning ELL students. These kiddos have often gone through a lot, and anything we can do to support them is wonderful. I’ve posted before about things that teachers can do to help support our beginning English language learners. Here, I’m going to chat about… Continue reading 14 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Beginning English Language Learners

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11 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Beginning English Language Learners

Having students in our classes who are brand new to the English language can be tricky. However, we teachers are a crazy smart bunch, and we can definitely find effective ways to support these kiddos! I always try to keep in mind how nervous these students must be; they probably won’t ask for help. Not… Continue reading 11 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Beginning English Language Learners

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9 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Speaking Skills

Speaking is one of the most fun skills to build when working with English language learners! It’s great to have time in class for conversation, discussions, games, and so on. Often as teachers, we don’t provide enough time in class for speaking. This is especially true with students building English skills. No wonder slang and… Continue reading 9 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Speaking Skills

Classroom, Curriculum, ell, Junior High, school

6 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Reading Skills

Reading skills are generally easier to assess than something like listening skills, but there are a lot more ways to build and assess them than simply using standardized tests. In fact, reading skills can be some of the most fun to build and grade because there are a ton of ways for teachers to be… Continue reading 6 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Reading Skills

Curriculum, Elementary, ell, High School, Junior High, school

Understanding English Language Learner Teaching Strands

There are four main strands used when acquiring any new language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Here, I will break down each strand when we're teaching English language learners in our classroom. What it looks like and ways to assess and build these skills. Sme of these strands may seem more difficult to understand and… Continue reading Understanding English Language Learner Teaching Strands