Standards-Driven Reflection for Teachers

On the Same Page: Resources for Teaching CLD Students

Often teachers focus on how to get students to reflect on the standards we’ve taught them while forgetting that we ourselves are held to certain standards as well. When reflecting on our professional practice, it is important to take into consideration if we are meeting the standards expected of us as teachers of CLD students. Below are the links to standards from 3 different websites which teachers can use to self-reflect on their current practices in the classroom. The first link lists the standards from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, specifically those for teaching English as a New Language. This is a long PDF but the table of contents can be used to search for specific standards. The second link is a rubric from the Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence. The final link is a video explaining the TESOL standards. A previous post of mine…

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Modifying Lesson Plans for ESL Students

Below you will find a link to a YouTube video. This video is a conversation between myself and a middle school teacher in central KY. The purpose of this video is to provide teachers with a better understanding of how to modify lesson plans to include effective teaching strategies for all ESL students. Link:

Crafting Language Objectives to Support English Language Learners

"Language objectives clarify how language instruction is integrated with content, and specifically identify: The way students will use language to engage with the content of the lesson and accomplish the content objectives The specific components of academic language (vocabulary, language structures, etc.) that students will need to learn to accomplish the objectives With advanced planning,... Continue Reading →

Socratic Seminars with ELL Students

For several weeks in my 5th grade reading blog I love to have my students participate in socratic seminars. They each participate both a "coach" and "player" role and have meaningful, authentic, academic conversations about a passage, book, or story we have read. In these seminars, they discuss vocabulary and use academic language to form... Continue Reading →

Language Acquisition

Learning a new language requires time, effort, and patience. How much time, effort, and patience depends a lot on the individual who is learning, as well as the learning environment and situation, but language researchers have developed a general outline of language acquisition that helps explain the process that language learners go through to develop skills... Continue Reading →

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