Tag Archives: Judie Haynes

Challenges for ELs in the Social Studies Classroom

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Understanding the language and concepts used in a social studies classroom provides an enormous challenge to ELs. ELs generally lack prior knowledge of the U.S. history, geography, and current events needed to understand new material in social studies, and even … Continue reading

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Teaching Language to Pre-K–12 ELs Through Picture Books

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The use of picture books to teach ELs has been in decline since the advent of the Common Core and high stakes testing. The purpose of this blog is to support the use of both picture books  with words and … Continue reading

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Content-Adjacent Reading + Focused Teaching = Content Learning

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I’m delighted to introduce readers of this blog to the work of Rita Platt and John Wolfe. Rita and I became acquainted through #ELLCHAT, the Twitter chat for teachers of ELLs that I comoderate. I have since read her wiki … Continue reading

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4 Wishes From an ESL Teacher for 2016

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

There are many issues that are making the rounds in the Pre-K–12 world during 2015. As a former K–6 ESL teacher and professional development provider, I would like to share four wishes that I have for 2016. 1.  I wish … Continue reading

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Teaching Culture: Festivals of Light Around the World

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The diversity in many classrooms provides a starting point for children to begin to understand and value the many distinct cultures of the world. What better way to do that than to feature a unit on light festivals from around … Continue reading

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The Changing Role of the ESL Teacher

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

This week’s primary education blog is guest authored by Shaeley Santiago, an ESL teacher and instructional coach from Iowa. Shaeley and I first met 4 years ago on #ELLCHAT, a Twitter chat that I comoderate. We have since met up … Continue reading

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Teaching Elementary-Age ELs the Hidden Curriculum

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

What is the hidden curriculum? This term encompasses various characteristics of schooling that “everybody knows.” It usually consists of a wide variety of social skills, such as interactions with peers and teachers, and includes the fundamental values and beliefs of a … 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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5 Thoughts on Parent Conferences With Families of ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Every fall, general education teachers in schools across the United States have questions about the parent conferences that they are getting ready to hold with the families of their EL students. One of the roles of ESL teachers should be … Continue reading

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4 Pathways to a Culturally Responsive Classroom

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Culturally relevant or responsive teaching is a pedagogy grounded in the idea that educators teach to students’ unique cultural strengths. Geneva Gay is one of the early leaders in this field, and her book Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice … Continue reading

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