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
I don’t know about you, but there are a bunch of things I do all the time, but not consistently enough to remember everything that needs to be done every time the task rolls around again. This happens all the time outside of the classroom with things like packing, re-threading my sewing machine, or making… Continue reading 13 Innovative Ways to Use Checklists to Organize Your Classroom and Tasks
I spent my weekend working! Yay! It was not as terrible as it sounds because I got to make fun games for my class! I decided to make my own version of the classic sight words POP popcorn game. I printed out popcorn kernels on card stock, coloured on some shading to make them look… Continue reading Sight Words Popcorn
Guess what?! We’ve reached the inevitable phonics chapter in Classrooms That Work! We all knew it had to come; the chapter all about what the book itself has had enough of. Of course, the book has not been telling us phonics is useless in itself; it’s been telling us that the way in which so… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 5
Hello again! We’re onto chapter four in Classrooms That Work and it’s another good one! This one is all about children’s writing and thinking. Like reading, it focuses on thinking while writing to improve not only students’ writing but also their reading skills. The chapter notes that the best thing we can do as teachers… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 4
I find the best way to get students involved, retain their attention, and ensure that they recall curriculum is to make lessons interesting and meaningful to them. Overall, the easiest way to do this is to utilize humour in the classroom. Some of the best comedic gems to use in the classroom can be found… Continue reading Ten Ways to Incorporate Humour in the Classroom
Now that Spring is (finally) here, it's that time of the year for new bulletin boards and Spring crafts! I decided I'd put up a nice bumble bee board up outside my classroom on account of the facts that: 1. Bumblebees are cute. 2. Bumblebees are relatively simple crafts to make. It was easy to… Continue reading We’re Always Bzzzy Working!