Tag Archives: primary education

Public School Teachers of ELs: A Look at the Legal Requirements

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I’d like to introduce you to guest blogger Sandy Nahmias. I met Sandy through NJTESOL/NJBE where we are both on the Executive Board. She is an experienced ESL/bilingual teacher who has also been active on projects for WIDA and has … Continue reading

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Against Music in ELT

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

This post is sure to incur some teacherly ire. A lot of teachers aren’t going to like this, because a lot of teachers love using music in English class. That includes me. However, I have come to the reluctant conclusion … Continue reading

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5 Activities to Improve Reading Fluency in Pre-K–5 ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

According to Reading Rockets, fluency is composed of three features: accuracy, automaticity,  and prosody. These features of fluency are regularly assessed in schools. It’s my opinion, however, that ELs can’t be held to the same standards as their English-speaking classmates while … Continue reading

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#GoodCallsHome: From Twitter Hashtag to Education Movement

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I’m happy to introduce guest bloggers Rik Rowe, a secondary math teacher from Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA, and Anabel Gonzalez, a Grade 7–12 ESL teacher from Mooresville, North Carolina, USA. Rik and Anabel met on Twitter while chatting on #GoodCallsHome, a … Continue reading

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Homework for ELLs: Help or Hindrance?

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

Homework and school have gone hand-in-hand for so long that it’s mostly assumed, if not ingrained, that studying outside of the classroom is an essential part of any schooling experience. Like any other part of education, homework trends have come … Continue reading

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Teaching Empathy to Children Through Storytelling

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

As English learners enter school this year, one of our most important jobs as teachers is to help them adjust to the American classroom. It is important to make our ELs feel welcome and accepted. With all of the anti-immigrant and … Continue reading

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Why Pre-K–12 Educators of ELs Should Participate in #ELLCHAT

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In June 2012, Linda Hahner, creator of the Literacy Center Education Network, and I co-founded a Twitter chat group called #ELLCHAT and it has been going strong since that time. This chat is specifically dedicated to the professional development needs … Continue reading

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Engaging Families of Pre-K–3 ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I have written several blogs on engaging parents of ELs in their children’s education. In this blog, I want to focus on young students in Grades Pre-K–3. I asked Karen Nemeth, a nationally recognized expert in early childhood education, to … 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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