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How to Make the Most Out of Class Study or Work Periods

As teachers, we know we can't spend all of our time lecturing students and then have them complete all their work at home. Having work or study periods is just part of the job. We've all been in classes where "work periods" is just slang for "hanging out" or literally doing anything expect for work.… Continue reading How to Make the Most Out of Class Study or Work Periods

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13 Awesome Ideas for Class Body Breaks

Not only do kids need body breaks, so do we! I find the best way to get kids really invested in moving (especially when they start thinking they're too cool for awesome stuff like exercise) is to make it fun. I also always participate myself; if you don't, it makes it seem like only kids… Continue reading 13 Awesome Ideas for Class Body Breaks

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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8 Tips to Set-Up Your Classroom with Different Teaching and Working Areas

If I was not a teacher, I think my dream job would be to design teacher classrooms. I swear, I could spend hours and hours at a time perusing Pinterest for different decor ideas, and I just love creating desginated spots in my own classroom for different activities. When you have designated areas in your… Continue reading 8 Tips to Set-Up Your Classroom with Different Teaching and Working Areas

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6 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Expanding English Language Learners

When our English language learners teach the expanding stage, we often feel they’re strong enough to work independently and do the same (or almost the same) work as their native English peers. However, there is still a lot of learning and growth they have to do, especially around academic language and course content. Here are… Continue reading 6 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Expanding English Language Learners

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10 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Developing English Language Learners

Working with developing English language learners can be difficult. They often seem to be more competent than they actually are because their casual and functional English skills are higher than their academic skills. They can do quite a bit independently, and often they want to, but they still require a lot of extra supports. I’ve… Continue reading 10 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Developing 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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6 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Emerging ELL Students

I’ve written about the things teachers can do specifically to support emerging English language learners. Here, I want to specifically focus on the tools, strategies, and tasks we can provide emerging ELL students with to help find success. These are great activities for them to access in a variety of classes and grades. Check them… Continue reading 6 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Emerging 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