The diversity among learners in today’s ELL classroom is widening, but ironically the curriculum is contracting, often due to the emphasis on preparation for standardized testing. To the rescue come the authors, Kathleen Flynn and Jane Hill, who provide the ultimate handbook of methods and specifics about how to work with ELL students as they move through the five phases to become fluent English students. The great insights you will get include how to make an easy diagnosis to determine at which of five stages a student is functioning—and a probable timeline for your student.
The authors have reviewed the classic nine strategies in the first edition of Classroom Instruction That Works by Marzano and Pickering. Then they enhanced each of the nine models to make that strategy work especially well with ELL students in the classroom. So this is a companion book to Classroom Instruction That Works, and its content is even more readable and user-friendly.
While the book is of most urgent value to elementary teachers, where most ELL students begin their classroom experiences, secondary teachers will find a great deal of essential background information to help them continue to teach older students at the next logical developmental level.
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More than ever before, teachers need to understand how- and what- to assess when seeking to understand the learning of students in the classroom. As our schools and classrooms become more linguistically diverse, teachers will benefit from knowing what assessment methods will be the most accurate, effective, and useful tools for driving instruction and making placement decisions for ELL students. The text, Assessment and ESL, is a comprehensive guide to assessment of English language learners. This course will offer tools and suggestions for authentic assessment that will help both students and teachers to identify key areas of focus for instruction.
Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students do not feel safe in school. This course is designed to open up communication lines by sharing techniques and strategies to build safety within effective learning environments for students of all genders and sexual orientations. K-12 students will develop advocacy skills that will be reflected in their confidence and in their ability to thrive at school.
Our students come to school every day to work on the outcomes, goals, and assignments provided by fantastic teachers. Capturing that learning and asking students to reflect in a way that is easily shared and maintained, can be achieved by using digital portfolios. Digital portfolios provide unique and compelling opportunities for students to document and share their learning with teachers and students. Appropriate for teachers of grades K-12
Traditional discipline plans usually frustrate chronically disruptive students and can be overkill for well- adjusted kids. Dr. Ross Greene's “Plan B” is a better approach for dealing with disruptive behavior. It assumes that even disruptive students want to succeed in school, but that they have obstacles in their lives which prevent them from being successful.
Enhance your K-12 cultural competence in this course exploring White Privilege and its impact. After choosing a text, such as How to Teach Students who Don’t Look Like You or Every Day Anti-Racism, you will learn to mitigate the negative effects of race and cultural bias.
Do students groan when you say it is time to edit and revise? Are you intimidated by grammar and writing conventions, perhaps never having been explicitly taught them in a way that made sense? Is there never enough time for editing in your writers' workshop?
Does it seem that your editing lessons are not really connected to what students are writing?