Q7: Sometimes we have to be creative to reach our students. What have you created in your classroom to help #ELL?

Q7: Sometimes we have to be creative to reach our students. What have you created in your classroom to help #ELL?

Posters that connect new concepts to known info in Spanish, e.g. a chart showing how Eng long vowels would be spelled in Sp.

Our ELLs come to school with age-appropriate language skills in another language.  We need to maximize the use of these skills for their learning!  Very few published materials ask teachers to deliberately connect new learning in English to known information in students’ home languages.  Even if you don’t share a language with them, you can be on the lookout for ways to make connections, even if it’s just asking your students, “How would you say this in Arabic?”

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Ingrid O'Brien

I am a literacy consultant, doctoral candidate, and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in the language and literacy development of bilingual children, particularly ELLs in the Common Core. I coach teachers, design & adapt curricula for ELLs, and organize intervention programs.

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