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7 Resources From the #MLLCHAT Community

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I have long been an active member of a Twitter community that supports teachers of multilingual learners (MLLs). If you check the #MLLCHAT hashtag on Twitter (formerly #ELLCHAT), you will find many educators who write books, articles, and blogs on … Continue reading

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Checking Reading Comprehension? Ask Better Questions!

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

“Ms. Gottschalk, don’t you get it?” The young English learner (EL) asking me this question was genuinely concerned. He was perplexed because I kept asking him and his classmates questions about a picture—questions whose answers I obviously already knew. In … Continue reading

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Optimizing Reading Comprehension for MLLS: 6 Strategies

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

When my school first adopted the Reading Workshop, a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension, I became a proponent of this approach and worked to find ways to adapt it to … Continue reading

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6 Questions to Support Multilingual Learners in Learning Content-Area Vocabulary

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

If teachers of multilingual learners (MLLs), whether they are in the general education classroom or in an ESL class, want to help MLLs to understand content-area texts, they need to use strategies that help students gain new academic vocabulary. Here … Continue reading

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Are Your EL Expectations High—or Hurried?

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

January brings the beginning of a new year and an opportunity to start fresh. We make resolutions and hold ourselves to high expectations. After a few weeks, however, resolve dwindles. Why? Experts say we need to set achievable goals and … Continue reading

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4 Reasons to Celebrate “Random Acts of Kindness Day”

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Multilingual learners’ (MLLs) well-being, as they return to school at the height of the spread of the Omicron variant, is at risk. Our MLLs spent 17 months of isolation during virtual learning. Many of them returned to school last fall … Continue reading

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Navigating the Reading Wars With English Learners

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

If you follow literacy issues, you have probably heard of the Reading Wars. If you haven’t, Jill Barshay’s recent article for the Hechinger Report does the best job I’ve seen yet of explaining the nuts and bolts of this disagreement … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Supporting New Multilingual Students and Families

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

Over the last fortnight, I spoke with several immigrant families with school-aged children who narrated to me their stories of migration and starting a new life in a different country. As they reflected on their experiences of starting a new … Continue reading

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