Tag Archives: primary education

Are Your EL Expectations High—or Hurried?

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

January brings the beginning of a new year and an opportunity to start fresh. We make resolutions and hold ourselves to high expectations. After a few weeks, however, resolve dwindles. Why? Experts say we need to set achievable goals and … Continue reading

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4 Reasons to Celebrate “Random Acts of Kindness Day”

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Multilingual learners’ (MLLs) well-being, as they return to school at the height of the spread of the Omicron variant, is at risk. Our MLLs spent 17 months of isolation during virtual learning. Many of them returned to school last fall … Continue reading

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Navigating the Reading Wars With English Learners

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

If you follow literacy issues, you have probably heard of the Reading Wars. If you haven’t, Jill Barshay’s recent article for the Hechinger Report does the best job I’ve seen yet of explaining the nuts and bolts of this disagreement … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Supporting New Multilingual Students and Families

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

Over the last fortnight, I spoke with several immigrant families with school-aged children who narrated to me their stories of migration and starting a new life in a different country. As they reflected on their experiences of starting a new … Continue reading

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8 Reasons Teachers Are Burned Out (And 4 Ways to Help)

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Most U.S. schools moved to virtual learning in March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic caused many sections of the country to shut down. By the time schools closed for the summer of 2021,  many teachers reported how stressed and burned … Continue reading

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4 Ways Teachers of ELs Differ From Reading Teachers

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

“Are you teaching them to read?” asked the custodian as she unlocked the door to my classroom. I had forgotten my key and needed to get ready for my before-school class with English learners (ELs). I didn’t have time to … Continue reading

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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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