If you are a frequent guest to my blog, you know that I love the study of other cultures. Polish culture hits home as I am ¼ Polish, ¼ Irish and ½ German. It was fun to think back over my childhood years and delve into which of our family traditions came from my Polish background. If interested in some Polish traditions I took part in while growing up please read, Celebrate Polish American Heritage Month here. So, this October in honor of Polish American Heritage Month here is a selection of children’s books. I have not read all of the titles below, however, they all look like wonderful books to help children learn about the Polish language, traditions, and culture. I wish they had been available when I was little.
As a child I was always excited when my Great Aunts Odie, Ruth and Irene came to visit us on holidays. They brought a very special influence into my life — the Polish life. I am a quarter Polish, however, these aunts were full blooded, second-generation Polish immigrants. I remember their generous spirit, their laughter, and their jokes. They loved children and always had a story for us when they came to visit. In honor of Polish American Heritage month, I decided to share with you some Polish American traditions that we celebrated in our home.
Most ESL teachers find themselves teaching vocabulary daily. Increasing student’s English vocabulary is one of the best ways to improve their overall English proficiency. I have searched high and low for free resources to help me teach vocabulary. Below are my favorites. There are affiliate links attached, so if you decide to make a purchase, I will receive a bit of compensation.
As an ESL teacher and coach, I have often been asked by classroom teachers what immediate changes they could make to assist the English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classrooms. Classroom teachers are some of the hardest working and most dedicated people I have ever met. I have been lucky enough to coach, co-teach, and work along side of some extraordinary educators. Some of the pieces that most teachers miss when they first start working with ELLs are listed below. These errors are easily corrected and I have seen them make a difference in how ELLs progress in the classroom. So correct the following errors before they happen.