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:


7 ESL Modifications to Set Your Students Up for Success

Many English Language Learners are identified as having Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and, in turn, struggle to access the material or concepts being taught in class. In this common situation, it’s imperative for teachers to choose appropriate modifications and accommodations in order to make the content more accessible to them.

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 →

The Prism Model

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Explained more in depth at the link below, the prism model shows how four factors (linguistic, academic, cognitive, and sociocultural) contribute to the success of the CLD student. “No single dimension of CLD student success should be addressed in isolation. Instead, each of the four dimensions of the prism model is interrelated and involves developmental processes that occur simultaneously for the CLD student” (Herrera & Murray, 2012). 

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Academic Language: Accountable Talk

For the past 3 years, I have used what is called "accountable talk" with my students. Defined, Accountable Talk refers to talk that is meaningful, respectful, and mutually beneficial to both speaker and listener. Accountable talk stimulates higher-order thinking—helping students to learn, reflect on their learning, and communicate their knowledge and understanding. I put table tents with... Continue Reading →

Using Reading A-Z to Assess ESL Students

In my classroom we using R-A-Z Kids weekly in our reading block. I love the resources it provides students and the authentic text you can pull. Another thing I love about using this resource is that it comes with ESL Assessments that directly correlate to WIDA, TESOL, and Common Core Standards. A must-have subscription for... Continue Reading →

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