We have all heard a student, or two, or ten say the dreaded sentence “I can’t do this!”. It is a hard sentence to hear and even harder sentence to process because we as teachers all want to respond with “Yes, you can!” Our minds believe every student will be successful at all standards and skills (eventually). The WIDA Can Do Descriptors are a staple in my ELL classroom and I look back at them ... Read More about WIDA Can Do Descriptors: How To Make Skills Achievable For English Language Learners
One of the biggest social studies topics in K, 1st, and 2nd is community helpers. Firefighters, police officers, teachers, and servers, these community helpers are important for our students to learn about. ELL’s love to learn about these neighborhood helpers as well. Although it sometimes becomes a little difficult for them to remember which helper does which job. I have always loved reviewing ... Read More about Quick and Easy Community Helpers Activities For Every ELL Classroom
I have been teaching English Language Learners for about ten years now and I have had many unique experiences throughout those ten years. I often look back upon my years and realize how different it was from the year before. That is one reason I love teaching ELLs. Another reason I love ELLs is because I often get to see new faces in my classroom every year but also familiar faces. Now, I have my ... Read More about An ELL Teacher Toolbox: 8 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies You’ll Absolutely Need Guaranteed!
You probably noticed from my last blog post that I love lapbooks. I find them versatile and helpful in so many aspects when teaching English to students. At he beginning of the year I introduce lapbooks and start with my fall lapbook. It is the perfect activity to pair with some freshly cut up apples or a book about pumpkins and bats! This blog post is going to be all about tips and ... Read More about Lapbook Ideas: 5 Ways To Easily Extend The Use of Your Fall Lapbook
I am obsessed with creating lapbooks with my ELL students. There is just something about them. I don’t know if it's the cutting and glueing or the end product. But, I love seeing my ELL newcomers work through creating them and then using them to help learn our vocabulary. I have created a couple different lapbooks. My favorite is the human body lapbook. Why I Love The Human Body Lapbook (and ... Read More about Human Body Lapbook: Why I Love This Resource For English Language Learners