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Find below great posts that will help you create a positive classroom community, provide easy to use tips and strategies, and give you important information on how best to teach ELL students! 

Make sure to check back often for new articles created with you in mind! 

What to do when they are new, Part 3: Taking a closer look at who are ELL students.

A few years ago I found myself sitting at a church potluck with some older women from my church. I'm not sure how we got on the topic, but somehow this comment was made by one of the older women... "If people can't learn English, then they should go back to their country." Sound familiar? Have you heard someone share that same sentiment with you? Or have you maybe felt that yourself? Listen... I get the struggle of being a homeroom teacher and having students not speak any English. I understand the burden you might feel of figuring out ways to support these types of learners, and the lack of resources you might have. However, today's post will helpfully shift your mindset and see the incredi

Student Engagement Series: Quiz, Quiz, Trade

A vocabulary strategy to reach ALL English Language Learners. We had been working on the water cycle for weeks, and I made sure my ELLs were grasping the vocabulary words that went along with it. Towards the end of the unit, I asked one of my precious ELLs to explain to me the word condensation. His response? A puzzled looked on his face and one word.."que?" Oh boy, I knew I needed to take a step back and spend some more time on this vocabulary and find ways to make it more meaningful. One of the biggest struggles as a teacher of ELLs is to find engaging ways to promote academic vocabulary conversations as well as figure out where students are at in their language development. This task migh


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