12 Ways to Support English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
Advice from three ESL teachers on the things regular classroom teachers can do to help English language learners thrive in mainstream classrooms.
Talking About Race in School: An Interview with José Vilson
Race-related issues impact all of us, inside school and out. How can we have productive, healthy conversations with students about these issues?
Know Your Terms: Code Switching
News flash: Correcting nonstandard dialects doesn’t really help students learn to speak or write in formal English. So should teachers just let kids talk (and write) how they want?
What I Love About José Vilson’s “This Is Not a Test”
Technology has allowed us to connect with other like-minded teachers, people whose ideas and convictions help bolster and refine our own, who put the thoughts we can’t quite explain into words that are powerful, honest and brave. People like José Vilson.
How We Pronounce Student Names, and Why it Matters
Mutilating someone’s name is a tiny act of bigotry. Whether you intend to or not, what you’re communicating is this: Your name is different. Foreign. Weird. It’s not worth my time to get it right.
Race in the Classroom: There’s a Manual for That
83 percent of U.S. teachers are white. Nearly half our students are not. However uncomfortable it may be to talk about, this makes a difference. The good news is, a set of best practices is starting to emerge.