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Linking Writing to ELs’ Lives Using Quickwrites

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Recently, I came across a mention of quickwrites (QWs) on Twitter. I immediately felt that they were a  terrific way to support English learners (ELs) as they learn to write. According to Linda Reif, author of The Quickwrite Handbook: 100 … Continue reading

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10 Scaffolds to Support EL Learning, Part 2

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Last month, in “10 Scaffolds to Support EL Learning Part 1,” I listed five types of scaffolds that strengthen a English learners’ (ELs’) ability to comprehend the content that is being taught in the classroom. As I explained in Part … Continue reading

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10 Scaffolds to Support EL Learning, Part 1

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

A scaffold is a temporary framework that is put in place to give  English Learners (ELs) a supportive learning environment and help them take ownership of their own learning. When a student is able to work independently, the scaffold should … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Help ELs Develop Pride in Their Heritage

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

English learners (ELs) offer a rich resource from which mainstream teachers and students can learn about other languages and cultures. If teachers support the diversity in their classrooms, all students will begin to understand and value the many distinct cultures … Continue reading

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Should ELs Be Allowed to Speak Their L1 in School?

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In 2016,  20% of people living in the United States considered themselves bilingual, compared to 10% in 1980 according to the annual American Community Survey. Grosjean states in a 2018 article in Psychology Today that one of the reasons there is … Continue reading

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Overly Cluttered Classrooms and EL Learning

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Many teachers believe that the physical environment of the classroom can serve as an additional teacher. Look around your classroom. Is it filled with store-bought signs, anchor charts, and posters? Do you have mobiles hanging from the ceiling, tables covered … Continue reading

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Do Children Learn English More Easily Than Adults?

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

If you Google the title of this blog, you will find a plethora of articles that extol the ability of children to learn a second language. You’ll  read time and time again that children’s brains are like sponges, and they … Continue reading

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Language Acquisition vs. Language Learning in Elementary School

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

One of the questions I am most frequently asked is how I teach grammar rules to young English learners (ELs). Well, the truth is that I never taught out-of-context grammar to young students. I learned early in my career that … Continue reading

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