There are many good quality websites available for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers to use as resources for their lesson planning and materials. The following are 5 favorite websites that I use as an ESL teacher. Below I explain why I find these sites exceptional and why I think you should bookmark these as favorites so you can easily find them throughout the year. [Read more…] about Top 5 Websites for ESL Teachers
Resources for ESL Teachers
Why is it important for teachers to know how their English Learners entered the United States?
Many of us have the idea that the United States is a homogenous society – a melting pot of people who have become one like the other in the great stew that is the U.S. However, this is not true. The U.S. has always been the home to many ethnic and language groups. How do these new people enter the United States in the 21st Century? [Read more…] about 10 Ways English Language Learners Enter the United States
What do teachers and support staff talk about when traumatized children come to school? They talk about how difficult it is to get kids to pay attention and cooperate when they are obviously over-stressed outside of school. Trauma impacts more students than we realize but there are things educators can do to help their students. Trauma comes to school every day. So what can teachers do to help kids who are experiencing trauma learn academic content? How can they prevent those kids from falling apart in the classroom or melting down? [Read more…] about 5 Tips for Teachers with Traumatized Students
It is not very glamorous or popular to talk about our personal care needs, however, I remember wishing someone would have better prepared me to teach in multiple buildings. Below is the list of the 15 items I consider the most important to have available to yourself in your vehicle if you are an itinerant teacher. Once, my car broke down on a cold Minnesota February morning, and it was freezing outside. I did not have a cell phone and I had left my work iPad in the office, so I had no way to contact the next school to let them know I would be late. I felt unprofessional and flustered. Did I mention it was freezing? Well, that day I learned to always be prepared by carrying a cell phone, warm boots, hand warmers, and snacks. Below are the items I have learned to carry as an Itinerant teacher. [Read more…] about Teaching from the Trunk | Be Prepared For Anything
How can classroom teachers help their English Learners (ELs) level up on their writing English proficiency assessments? Grade level writing expectations are often too difficult for an EL to achieve. What can a classroom teacher reasonably expect an EL to achieve on writing assignments? How can improvements in writing be measured? [Read more…] about Writing | Level Up!