Tag Archives: primary ESL

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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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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The Role of Play in the Age of Common Core: The Pendulum Is Swinging

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I hope you enjoy this second blog by Early Childhood expert Karen Nemeth. In her first blog on the role of play, Karen reviewed the research included in David Kohn’s New York Times article.  In this blog, she is sharing … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Play in the Education of Young ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I would like to introduce guest blogger  Karen Nemeth. Karen is an author, consultant, and presenter focusing on effective early education for dual language learners. A recent opinion piece in the New York Times, Let the Kids Learn Through Play, focused on … Continue reading

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ELT in Early Childhood: Circle Time

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

If you are working with young English learners, chances are you are using a portion of your class for what is known in the United States as “circle time”—a time when learners typically sit on the floor instead of their … Continue reading

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Debunking 5 Myths of U.S. Immigration

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The Republican Presidential campaign has added fire to the discussions about immigration in the United States. In this blog,  I would like to review some of the immigration myths that are propagated by politicians and offer resources backing up the … Continue reading

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5 Back-to-School Activities Supporting Student Diversity

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In a previous blog, Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment for Pre-K-5 ELs, I wrote about how teachers can alleviate many fears experienced by English learners (ELs) who are new to the United States by creating a welcoming environment in their classrooms. … Continue reading

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7 Naming Customs From Around the World

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Immigrant students in the United States  have already suffered the trauma of leaving behind their extended family, friends, teachers, and schools. They enter a U.S. school and can also lose their name. Their name may be deliberately changed by parents or … Continue reading

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