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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There's a Gesture for That!

Post by Elizabeth Apicella

Planning for Differentiated Learning and Motivation? There’s a gesture for that! As the ENL (English as a New Language) teacher, I tend to bounce around between the primary grades. This year I’m teaching second grade and let me tell you something, second grade is where it's at! Second graders are at their prime sweetness and eagerness to learn. Their stamina is building exponentially and they. are. silly.

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