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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