3 Ways to Connect with Homeroom Teachers


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How do you connect with homeroom teachers who aren’t really interested in working with ELLs and expect you to do all of the work? How can you successfully build a strong relationship with your co-teachers so you can better support your ELL students? If you’ve asked these questions yourself, this episode is for you. 

With a background as both an ESL teacher and a homeroom teacher, I’ll be sharing my perspective from both roles. I made plenty of mistakes in the beginning and learned a few things about how important it is for ESL teachers to build a solid connection with the homeroom teachers that they’re supporting. 

When you and the homeroom teacher are connected, building trust, and communicating well, it’s so beneficial and helpful for your ELL students. Today I’m sharing 3 ways that you can engage and build relationships with your homeroom and content area teachers so your ELL students can soar.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Connecting with teachers by building authentic relationships with them
  • The importance of having clear communication and expectation of roles between homeroom teachers and ELL teachers and tips for creating consistent systems for communicating
  • Why it’s important to give grace and look for opportunities to celebrate small wins with homeroom and content teachers
  • Ideas you can use to help support your homeroom teachers so they can then support their ELL students

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More about Equipping ELLs:

We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.


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