Truths!

Here are some school truths: SEL is vital! Literacy is crucial! ELD/ESL is imperative! And these have always been…maybe your student population changed, life sure has changed, but people have always needed support learning, practicing what they have learned, learning about differences and similarities, appreciation, respect, and expressing themselves properly. All of these may leaveContinue reading “Truths!”

ELD Best Practices

Teaching language learners takes implementing research-based best practices into the classroom. Strategies and methods that help students learn, practice and use their English skills in every subject throughout the day. English Language Development or ELD is used to help students learn English based on language standards from the state. Those standards include collaborative conversations, buildingContinue reading “ELD Best Practices”

ELD versus ESL

Our classrooms are becoming very diverse and this may include students that are coming from areas where English is not the native or secondary language. These students may need to spend time learning English by transferring the language skills they have or by learning the fundamentals and academic language together, Not all students come toContinue reading “ELD versus ESL”

What Multicultural Acceptance looks like within the Classroom

Many teachers around the globe have classrooms that are increasing more globally diverse. Students are moving from around the globe to new places and bring with them a wealth of cultural information that may be new or different to their new home region and school. As teachers our goal is to get to know theContinue reading “What Multicultural Acceptance looks like within the Classroom”

End of the Year Letter Assessments for Pre-K, Kinder and 1st-Grade students

It’s that time of the year…assessment time. Really teaching early literacy it’s always assessment time. We are constantly checking our students needs and reevaluating how we are meeting those needs to help them move forward. For me, I’ve been working on literacy intervention for various grade levels and have students still barely aware of lettersContinue reading “End of the Year Letter Assessments for Pre-K, Kinder and 1st-Grade students”

Springtime, Rhyme Time

Welcome to Spring! The days are beautiful, the sun is out and the flowers are blooming. And our students are getting ready to head back to the classroom. Reading, writing and literacy are going to need some extra effort to bridge the gap that may have formed over the COVID time. My students are someContinue reading “Springtime, Rhyme Time”

Back to School Face to Face from the Virtual World -Tip

Read about a back to school tip for getting your students ready for the classroom.

St. Patrick’s Day- Language Focus

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up quickly and you’re probably ready with empty shoe boxes, gallons of glue and green glitter and STEAM ideas to share with your young students. It is a magical day or week filled with wonder and hopes of catching the sneaky little mister making a mess of the classroom andContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day- Language Focus”

Jamboard Journal

The Google Education Suite continues to build innovative and helpful programs such as Jamboard. I love to use this application with students of all ages, especially with my English Language Learners/ English Second Language Students. There are so many ways get students to engage! Writing is vital to students language development but finding a startingContinue reading “Jamboard Journal”

Four-Square Check-Ins for SEL & Classroom Community Building

I wrote about this before, four square check-ins. I start these at the beginning of the class session to get students engaged and to build community. Everyone listens, students practice speaking in complete sentences and adding information to their opinion. It is a fun way for students to speak about their emotions. The question, ”Continue reading “Four-Square Check-Ins for SEL & Classroom Community Building”