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Podcast: ELL Basics

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018

Podcast: ELL Basics

In this podcast for MyEdExpert, Suzy Pepper Rollins interviews me about some basic ELL issues including questions about the stages of language acquisition, the difference between social and academic language, and ways that teachers can support ELLs at different stages in their classrooms. You can download this podcast onto your Smartphone and listen while you drive to work! Enjoy!

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Working With Words off the Wall

Posted by on May 28, 2018

Working With Words off the Wall

The following three strategies help students acquire new vocabulary through interactions and making connections.

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Speed Dating: An Interactive Strategy

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018

Speed Dating: An Interactive Strategy

“Speed dating” works well as an interactive test review strategy and is simple to set up. Use test review questions for your prompts, place students’ desks in two concentric circles or U-shapes facing each other. Then…

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Constraints and Creativity

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017

Constraints and Creativity

Finding the right balance between freedom and constraints is a challenge for all teachers. Deciding how much to model, what project elements to require, and what to leave open to student choice can be daunting for teachers. In my personal experience, some limitations really do lead to more freedom. Constraints can actually spur creativity.

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Seven Scenarios to Transform ESL teachers to ESL leaders

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017

Seven Scenarios to Transform ESL teachers to ESL leaders

In the past few years, I have had the opportunity to provide professional development for many English as a Second Language (ESL)1 teachers. These specialists are now expected to take on more and more roles and be skilled in areas well beyond the classroom. As one principal told me when he began hiring for an…

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August Syndrome

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017

August Syndrome

I woke up this morning thinking, “It’s August 1 already!?!” My husband has affectionately labeled this time of year for me as ‘August Syndrome’ to describe the conflicting emotions I inevitably experience each year.

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