Tag Archives: primary ESL

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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Should ELs Be Allowed to Speak Their L1 in School?

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In 2016,  20% of people living in the United States considered themselves bilingual, compared to 10% in 1980 according to the annual American Community Survey. Grosjean states in a 2018 article in Psychology Today that one of the reasons there is … Continue reading

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4 Ways Teachers Can Support English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The school year is well under way, and teachers are beginning to get to know their students and to build relationships with them. The teachers that work with English learners (ELs) should know how crucial their classroom practices are to … Continue reading

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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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