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Planning for Planning, Language Demands and Opportunities

As the co-teacher, my role is to enter the room and provide access to content for second grade English Learners in my care. Since ELs in the general education classroom might be working on a variety of different subjects, I need to prep my understanding of units and be ready to think on my feet and come up with some general strategies. Let’s look at entire units ahead of time with three lenses in mind; Language Demands, Language Opportunities, and the Essential Third.

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Blank page syndrome: the mental block on creative writing

Posted by Ingrid Mosquera Gende

People nowadays don´t write as before, the whole idea of writing has changed. We have to find new ways to motivate our students towards writing. And it is not an easy task.

Most of our students find it hard to write, even in their mother tongue. The task acquires incredible proportions if we ask them to do it in English. Many of them will write in their mother tongue first and then translate it: a decision that always results in a disastrous Spanglish text.

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Poetry activities your students will love

My teenage students always loved it when I included poetry in our English lessons. (I am using the past tense because now I work as a teacher trainer ).

In my view, there are two essential factors that we should take into account if we want poetry to be both enjoyable and enriching for our language purposes.

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How to measure the effectiveness of your lessons if nobody controls you

Posted by Alexei Kiselev

For any teacher working freelance it might be a serious challenge to evaluate the effectiveness of their course without peer supervision and control. It is vitally important to develop methods enabling them to see whether they are leading the students in the right way or may have already gone astray.

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Differentiated Learning: Motivation for all levels in the group

Posted by Peggy Sharma

The insistence from my end is always on enjoying the process rather than getting bogged down with the grammatical details. I ensure that the learners embed themselves in the language and are able to confidently hold a conversation (depending on their level).

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Managing differentiated learning in traditional language skills activities

All students are different from each other. We are all different from each other: different personalities, different tastes, different hobbies, different backgrounds, different dreams or different learning styles.

However, when we enter our classroom, we tend to bring one size fits all activities with us. Therefore, it will be difficult to reach all our students, either from a motivational or from a language level perspective.

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