Tag Archives: primary ESL

6 Strategies to Balance the Use of L1 and English in the ESL Classroom

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

During a recent Twitter chat, a teacher of multilingual learners (MLLs) wrote that she was struggling with a class of fifth and sixth graders who persisted in speaking their home language (Spanish) in class. The teacher explained that her goal … Continue reading

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4 More Ways to Support the Families of Multilingual Learners When School Opens

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

There are many reasons why families may not come to school for school programs and conferences about their children. As I discussed in my August 2021 blog, “5 Ways to Support the Families of Multilingual Learners as School Opens,” families … Continue reading

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One-Pagers: Teaching ELs to Review Content

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

What is a one-pager? It is an activity for students to demonstrate the highlights of what they have learned from listening to a podcast, viewing a film, reading a novel or a poem, or completing a unit of study in any … Continue reading

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Assessment Equity for ELs: Put Students Before Data

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

As the time for assessing K–12 English learners (ELs) with an English language proficiency test approaches, many teachers and parents are concerned by COVID-19 health considerations during the administering of standardized tests. ELs  in over half of U.S. states are … Continue reading

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EL Teacher Self-Care: Setting Boundaries Between Work and Home

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In December, 2020 I heard from many teachers who reported how stressed and burnt out they felt. One of my fellow NJTESOL/NJBE Executive Board members, LeighAnn Matthews, wrote on her Facebook page, I consider myself a pretty positive and upbeat … Continue reading

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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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