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6 Things Teachers Can Do To Support Emerging ELL Students

Working with emerging English language learners is hard work, but there are a lot of things teachers can do to support these kiddos. Unlike beginning ELL students, emerging students are a bit more settled and have a higher vocabulary. They’ve especially become more comfortable with slang and everyday language. This can be a tricky level… Continue reading 6 Things Teachers Can Do To Support Emerging ELL Students

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

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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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

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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

Book Club, Curriculum

KIAT Book Club: The Differentiated Classroom Ch. 10

Hello again everyone! We've made it to the last chapter in Carol Ann Tomlinson The Differentiated Classroom. This chapter is called When Educational Leaders Seek Differentiated Classrooms and it's targeted toward educational administration. The chapter talks about how to support teachers in a school's vision toward Differentiated instruction. I don't think it needs to be… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: The Differentiated Classroom Ch. 10

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KIAT Book Club: The Differentiated Classroom Ch. 9

Hello friends! I've just finished reading chapter nine in Carol Ann Tomlinson's The Differentiated Classroom (we're getting closer and closer to the end). This chapter is titled How Do Teachers Make it All Work and delves further into the classroom management and organization side of differentiation. The chapter discusses how to get started with differentiation… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: The Differentiated Classroom Ch. 9

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KIAT Book Club: The Differentiated Classroom Ch. 8

Hello again everyone! We've been reading through The Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson. Last chapter was all about various instructional strategies to support differentiation. This chapter is titled... (wait for it)... More Instructional Strategies to Support Differentiation. Yay! As you may remember, I really enjoyed the last chapter (which was all about instructional strategies)… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: The Differentiated Classroom Ch. 8

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KIAT Book Club: The Differentiated Classroom Ch. 7

Hi everyone! I've been reading The Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson and I just finished chapter seven. The chapter is titled Instructional Strategies That Support Differentiation and, you guessed it, it's all about various instructional strategies teachers can use in their classrooms. I really liked this chapter as it discusses different types of instruction,… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: The Differentiated Classroom Ch. 7