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.
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?
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.
Know Your Terms: Nonlinguistic Representation
If you’ve ever heard a guy stop in the middle of an explanation and say, “Hold on, let me draw you a picture,” that dude is fixing to serve you a heaping plate of nonlinguistic representation.
How to Use the Reciprocal Learning Strategy
This cooperative learning strategy takes the idea of “working in pairs” up a notch.
Turn YouTube into a Classroom with PlayPosit
You know the Internet is loaded with great videos. But holding students accountable for watching is a challenge. Without standing right over students, how do you know if they’re really watching?
How to Use the Concept Attainment Strategy
I like this strategy because it really involves students in their own learning. Instead of just delivering the information to them, you’re helping them discover it on their own. Also, it’s captivating — a mystery to solve! — which is far more likely to engage students.