Category Archives: Teacher Development

Meeting a Moroccan family

Here’s a video made by one of my classmates about Morocco.  She provides information on language, culture and various other factors.  She also provides recommendations on how teachers can best relate to their ELL students and families.

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ELL Home Visits

This is a truly touching story which emphasizes the importance and effectiveness of home visits. This one probably changed this little girl’s perception of school- giving her something to look forward to instead of dread- the math club!

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A few years ago, I was called to translate by a social worker at a primary school. A teacher had complained that one of her students never looked her in the eye when spoken to and was painfully shy. The child never participated in class unless it was obligatory and only under duress. She was frequently absent, particularly on days when she had to make a presentation before the class. However, the student was very bright, with excellent grades and careful, neat work. The social worker wanted me to contact the parents and arrange a meeting to discuss a special education placement.

Some intuition obliged me to wonder about the need for special education. I stepped out of my usually neutral role as interpreter and asked the social worker why it was necessary. The more questions I asked, the more both of us questioned the recommendation. I…

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Do you have enough formative assessments?

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As teachers, we need to frequently check for understanding with small, manageable activities. The video below explains this concept in less than two minutes! 

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Ten Common Mistakes ESL Teachers Make in the Classroom (And How to Fix Them)

So, You Think You Can Teach ESL?

Nobody is perfect. That’s the truth. It’s the same for doctors, lawyers, parents, students, and teachers. Nobody likes making mistakes. Big or small, mistakes can kill self-esteem, loom over our heads like some grim reaper created out of our own idiocy. In a classroom, teachers often make mistakes early on in their careers; veteran teachers make mistakes, too.

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What mistakes do ESL teachers make?

ESL teachers tend to frequently make mistakes throughout their first year. The inadequate training of some programs, lack of preparation, and general inexperience all contribute to these mistakes. They’re fairly common, so don’t feel bad. I made numerous mistakes my first year teaching, and I still make mistakes from time to time.

Here are ten common mistakes ESL teachers make (taken from both BusyTeacher, and ABCfrog).

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1.Too much “Teacher Talk Time” – This is a very common mistake teachers make. The teacher might…

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What I Learned From Teaching in a Guatemalan Public School

Here’s a great post from a classmate of mine sharing her personal experience with teaching EFL in Guatemala.

The World as seen by Mrs. Roberts

Many ESL students are born in the United States and never know anything but the American classroom. However, there are others who attend school in a totally different setting, and then are expected to adapt to the American classroom, without anyone ever stopping to ask what their former school environment was like. In my time in Guatemala, I was blessed to do an internship for a month as an English as a Foreign Language Teacher for PreK-9th grade. Doing this has given me a lot of perspective that I will value forever. Here is what I learned:

1. The student may not be used to having the materials that we have. In Guatemala there were no textbooks, SMART Boards, computers, etc. There was a dry erase board and desks in the classroom. Students had a notebook and pen. That was it. If an ESL student is having trouble keeping materials…

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EDU 580 Lesson Plan Modification Project

In this video I am presenting some lesson plan modifications to a middle school science teacher who was so kind as to listen.  The modifications recommended are for a 7th grade English Language Learner and are grounded in the Sheltered Method of Instruction.  Enjoy!

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2, 4, 6, 8 It’s time to differentiate!

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Spiral of Readiness for Accommodations for CLD Students

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The Basics of WIDA Model and Screener

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To all TESOL Members: Be Professionally Involved

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