Tag Archives: Judie Haynes

Support Immigrant Heritage Month in the USA

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

June is Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States. Due to the current political climate, interest in celebrating diversity in the United States has sparked the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign. It honors the individual struggles of  our families or ancestors when they … 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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Teaching ELs the Features of Nonfiction Text

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In the classrooms that I’ve visited over the past few years, I found that many ELs, even those ready to exit ESL, were still having difficulties comprehending their science and social studies textbooks. It is important that both ESL and … Continue reading

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11 Tips to Help ELs Avoid the Summer Slide

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The summer slide is a well-documented phenomenon that refers to the loss of academic learning that many students experience during summer break. This loss is especially prevalent among children from low-income households because families cannot afford to send their children … Continue reading

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Game-Based Learning and Pre-K–5 English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In my previous blogs, I talked about using websites and apps to help elementary-age ELs improve literacy skills. In this blog, I would like to mention some games that support STEM  learning for ELs through game-based learning (GBL). GBL is … Continue reading

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11 Apps to Build Literacy for Elementary ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In my last blog, I talked about online resources for building English learners’ literacy skills. I would like to expand on that topic by listing some apps that also help build literacy. It became apparent as I examined these resources … 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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Visual Thinking Strategies and English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)  is an inquiry-based teaching method developed by Philip Yenawine (2013), former education director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and Abigail Housen, a cognitive psychologist in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Yenawine describes what … 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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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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