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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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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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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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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 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

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Tips for Supporting Students Who Have Trouble Following Steps and Completing Work

Often, we teach students who have a very difficult time with following through with steps and completing assigned activities. Many students diagnosed with ADHD have a very hard time with this due to a lack of focus and difficulty staying on-task. It can be very difficult for a student who has difficulty focusing to look… Continue reading Tips for Supporting Students Who Have Trouble Following Steps and Completing Work

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Tips For Supporting Students With Messy or Disorganized Work

We all know how it feels to pick up a piece of student work to grade and not even be able to read it because it’s so messy. This can be frustrating because, not only is it difficult to decipher, we can’t crawl into a student’s hand and get them to print and draw clearer.… Continue reading Tips For Supporting Students With Messy or Disorganized Work

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Tips for Supporting Students Who Talk Inappropriately During Class

It can be very difficult to work with students who are consistenly calling out, speaking to peers, or otherwise engaging in rude behaviour during class time. I find this most common in my students with ADHD. They are so unfocused and energetic that it's very difficult for them to discern when they should and should… Continue reading Tips for Supporting Students Who Talk Inappropriately During Class

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Tips for Supporting Students Who Struggle With Memory

It can be really difficult to support students who have difficulty remembering things. In particular, this happens so frequently with our students who have ADHD and, of course, those with low working memory. It can be so difficult for these kiddos to focus and then to recall information. Sometimes it seems like nothing we do… Continue reading Tips for Supporting Students Who Struggle With Memory

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Tips for Supporting Students Who Struggle With Transitions

It can be very difficult to help kids who struggle during transitions because there's always so much going on! Especially new or lesser-experienced teachers may not even recognize that there are any issues until a problem comes up. There are many reasons why students may struggle with transitions. They may be overly energetic, the sounds… Continue reading Tips for Supporting Students Who Struggle With Transitions