Tag Archives: elementary ESL

Using Literature to Combat Racism in Young Children

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

This post was originally published in December 2019. Links and resources have been updated. Racism is a pervasive problem in the United States that affects children at all grade levels. It can occur in ways teachers interact with their students … Continue reading

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Supporting ELs’ Social-Emotional Learning in a Virtual Classroom

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

As teachers and students from all over the world have been fast-tracked into virtual classrooms, educators need to take a closer look at our response to the anxiety and stress that learners are experiencing during this process. As teachers of … Continue reading

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English Learners and K–3 Grade Retention

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Spring is the time of year in many schools when serious discussions about retaining students begins. English learners (ELs) in K–3 are likely subjects these discussions. Teachers of ELs need to be advocates for their young students during these discussions. … Continue reading

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Using Literature to Combat Racism in Young Children

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Racism is a pervasive problem in the United States that affects children at all grade levels. It can occur in ways teachers interact with their students and in the ways that students relate with each another. It can also be … Continue reading

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6 Arguments for Smaller Class Sizes

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I was recently reading an article about the Chicago Teachers Union and how it is pushing class size as a contract issue. This led me to wonder about how class size affects the academic achievement of English learners (ELs). According to … 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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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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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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