Tag Archives: primary ESL

Engaging ELs Who Are Disengaged During Virtual Learning

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

If you are an educator of English learners (ELs) who is instructing your students virtually, you are probably having difficulty successfully engaging them. This is especially true if you have newcomers in your class. For online learning in virtual classrooms, … Continue reading

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7 Virtual and Face-to-Face Activities for the First Week of School

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

As we go back to school this fall, many teachers are faced with changing school policies because of the COVID-19 pandemic. School districts that originally planned to go back full time to their brick-and-mortar buildings may have to change their … Continue reading

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English Learners and K–3 Grade Retention

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Spring is the time of year in many schools when serious discussions about retaining students begins. English learners (ELs) in K–3 are likely subjects these discussions. Teachers of ELs need to be advocates for their young students during these discussions. … Continue reading

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The Best 2019 Resources for Teachers of ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Happy New Year! In this blog, I’d like to share blogs and articles that mention resources and practices for teachers of English learners (ELs) as well as suggestions from EL educators on what we can do to improve the instruction … Continue reading

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6 Arguments for Smaller Class Sizes

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I was recently reading an article about the Chicago Teachers Union and how it is pushing class size as a contract issue. This led me to wonder about how class size affects the academic achievement of English learners (ELs). According to … Continue reading

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11 Back-to-School Strategies for Teachers of ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Have you ever thought of what kind of support you would need if you were dropped into a classroom in a country where very few people spoke English? Think now of the newly arrived English learners (ELs) in our classrooms … Continue reading

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10 Scaffolds to Support EL Learning, Part 2

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Last month, in “10 Scaffolds to Support EL Learning Part 1,” I listed five types of scaffolds that strengthen a English learners’ (ELs’) ability to comprehend the content that is being taught in the classroom. As I explained in Part … Continue reading

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10 Scaffolds to Support EL Learning, Part 1

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

A scaffold is a temporary framework that is put in place to give  English Learners (ELs) a supportive learning environment and help them take ownership of their own learning. When a student is able to work independently, the scaffold should … Continue reading

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