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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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Culture Shock and Pre-K–5 English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Today I am writing this blog with my co-author and friend Debbie Zacarian, author and professional development provider. (See her bio at the end of this blog.)  In our experience, identifying culture shock at the beginning of the year is … Continue reading

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Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment for Pre-K–5 ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

At the start of the new school year, classroom and ESL teachers will be meeting English learners (ELs) who are attending school in the United States for the first time.  Teachers can alleviate many fears experienced by beginning ELs by … Continue reading

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Strategies for Providing a Bully-Free Environment for ELLs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

English language learners (ELLs) are often the targets of bullying. Accented language and cultural customs that are perceived as different frequently cause ELLs to be victimized by bullies. Bullying is evident in the classroom as early as preschool, and there are … 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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