Tag Archives: elementary education

Becoming Bilingual in a Pre-K–5 Dual Language Program

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Last Spring, I saw an article about the success of the Tulsa Public Schools Dual Language Academy for elementary-age children. I invited Laura Grisso, whom I met on Twitter, to write a guest blog about her district’s dual language program. … Continue reading

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Seesaw: Student-Driven Digital Portfolios

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

I realize that since the bulk of my current teaching is done at the university level, I need to make an effort to explore what is available for teachers and students in other contexts. Having said that, I think Seesaw, … Continue reading

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8 Flag Day Activities for Elementary-Age ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

One of my favorite June lessons is based around Flag Day, which is celebrated in the United States on June 14th. Flag day is an opportunity to teach ELs about the U.S. flag at the end of the school year.  The … Continue reading

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10 Online Resources to Improve EL Literacy

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Many elementary school ESL teachers are now looking at materials for their 2016–2107 classroom. During a recent #ELLCHAT   discussion, we shared ideas for choosing materials for ELs. One of the liveliest discussions was about online resources. I’d like to … Continue reading

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Pull-Out vs Push-In ESL Programs in Elementary Schools

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

After lively discussions on the NJTESOL/NJBE member hotlist and during a Twitter #ELLCHAT, I realized that pull-out ESL vs. having ESL teachers push-in to the general education classroom is still a hot-button issue for practitioners in the field. I invited … Continue reading

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Teaching Young ELs to Blog: 4 FAQs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Blogging provides elementary-age ELs the opportunity to practice writing across the curriculum. Even beginning ELs can produce text to publish a blog.  Many teachers blog with students as young as first grade. Here are four questions that I am frequently … Continue reading

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The December Dilemma and English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Hyungsoo, a second-grade student from Korea, sat across from me at the table in my ESL class with a pained look on his face. “Santa didn’t come to my house!” he complained. “I didn’t get any presents.” I knew the … Continue reading

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6 Tips for Communicating With Families of ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

For most school districts in the United States, the new school year has begun.  Schools are enrolling an increasing population of immigrant and refugee children in their classrooms. Classroom and content-area teachers will need to meet the challenge of communicating with … Continue reading

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Collaborative Teaching: Addressing ESL Teacher Concerns

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Twelve years ago, I was interested in how collaborative teaching might work for our ESL program. I had read about ESL teachers who were “pushing into” the general education classroom to collaborate with classroom teachers and wanted to see for myself. … Continue reading

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Teaching Nonfiction Writing to Beginning English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

It is essential that  English learners (ELs) are  taught to write from the time they first learn English. I have always been convinced that English learners write more comprehensively if they begin with nonfiction reading and writing and their writing … Continue reading

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