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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

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6 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Writing Skills

Building writing skills in English language learners is, thankfully, one of the easiest skills we can assign and assess. Writing is tangible and we can fit it easily into the majority of classes we teach. That being said, we also need to make sure that the tasks we’re asking our english language learners to complete… Continue reading 6 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Writing Skills

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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

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Understanding English Language Learning Levels

If you're new to teaching students whoa re learning English, it can be daunting to figure out all the levels and what students are expected to do at each. Most school boards recognize five distinct levels for English language development and assess and level students accordingly. I'll be using the following terms to break down… Continue reading Understanding English Language Learning Levels

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MEGA List of Tips For Supporting Students Who Have ADHD

So many students we have in our classrooms are diagnosed with ADHD. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to help students who are overly energetic, can't seem to focus on tasks, or daydream during class. However, there are lots of great tools and strategies we can use to help support these students and help them find… Continue reading MEGA List of Tips For Supporting Students Who Have ADHD

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Tips for Teaching Students Who Have Difficulty Following Instructions

Hello fellow educators, I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of students who have trouble following through on instructions from others. In all my years of teaching, it has been very rarely that a student is choosing to be defiant. In fact, even with some of my students diagnosed with ODD (oppositional defiant disorder),… Continue reading Tips for Teaching Students Who Have Difficulty Following Instructions

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Tips to Help Students Understand Written Materials

It can be extremely difficult for many students to understand what they’re reading. Teaching reading comprehension is a major focus in Language Arts as well as other subjects, and it’s something I’m continuously asked about. Trying to read through important information can be hard for students for many different reasons. Perhaps they don’t know how… Continue reading Tips to Help Students Understand Written Materials

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Tips for Helping Students to Follow a Plan

I’m sure we’ve all had students who have had very high aspirations and want to do well, but when push comes to shove, they lack follow-through and/or don’t know where to begin. It’s really important in these instances to teach students how to effectively follow a plan. Perhaps these kiddos are very distracted, get anxious,… Continue reading Tips for Helping Students to Follow a Plan

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Tips to Support Students Who Have Trouble Writing Tests

Many students we have in our classrooms struggle with writing tests. There are so many reasons for this and, believe me, I have so many thoughts about traditional tests. Assessment is a major part of our role as teachers; we need to know how our students are doing and how effective our teaching methods are.… Continue reading Tips to Support Students Who Have Trouble Writing Tests

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Tips For Students Who Have Trouble Paying Attention

I find so many students have a lot of difficulty with sustaining attention throughout the day. Most of these students have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but many others are struggling as well. Perhaps it’s because it’s unnatural for kids to be forced to sit in desks and listen for six hours… Continue reading Tips For Students Who Have Trouble Paying Attention