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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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Assessing Assessments: 5 Points to Consider

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

Are you preparing to begin a new academic year? For many teachers in the United States and other parts of the world, the answer is “yes.” Even if this isn’t the case for you, it’s safe to assume almost every … Continue reading

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5 Ways Phonics Is Different for English Learners

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

Chalkbeat Philadelphia recently published a great article about the difficulties young English learners (ELs) in the Philadelphia School District were facing during the pandemic. What spoke to me in the story was a quote from EL teacher Shuxin Chen. She described … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate the Resilience of ELs During the Pandemic!

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Much has been written over the past year about the “learning loss” that many U.S. students are experiencing. The COVID-19 pandemic greatly affected education around the world when face-to-face teaching in schools was suspended. I have noticed how often the … Continue reading

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