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August 23, 2017

Supporting English-Language Learners With Literature Circles (Video)

High school English teacher Kyle Halle-Erby shares how he uses small discussion groups to help English-language learners engage with challenging texts.

August 08, 2017

Teaching Literacy Skills to English-Language Learners (Video)

High school English teacher Kateryna Haggerty shares how her English-language learners develop key literacy skills through a station rotation activity.

August 02, 2017

A Classroom Strategy: Preparing English-Learners for Literature Circles (Video)

High school English teacher Kyle Halle-Erby shares how his English-language learners prepare their literary analysis by working on a jigsaw activity.

July 05, 2017

Teaching Phonics to English-Language Learners in High School (Video)

High school teacher Christopher Maldonado shares how he uses an age-appropriate activity for his English-language learners to practice their pronunciation, speaking, and listening skills.

June 14, 2017

Tools for Communication: Exchanging Ideas With Whiteboard Tables (Video)

High school literacy teacher Christopher Maldonado shares how his English-language learners use dry-erase tables to visualize their thought processes and exchange ideas.

March 29, 2017

Say It With Your Hands (Video)

Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, uses hand gestures when she introduces new vocabulary. This strategy supports all students, including English-language learners, who can use their hands when they have difficulty articulating their understanding.

February 15, 2017

Supporting English-Language Learners in Science (Video)

Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, prepares English-language learners as they investigate living organisms by having them practice using academic language with their peers. Students work individually and then in pairs to make shared claims about variations found in their research on the plants and animals.

February 01, 2017

Deepening Text Analysis Through Academic Discussions (Video)

Viet-ly Nguyen, a 6th grade English teacher at Westlake Middle School in Oakland, Calif., uses academic discussions to allow students to share and compare their interpretations on social justice issues within a complex text. Engaging in academic discourse prepares students to begin writing well-developed responses.

December 28, 2016

Classroom Choices: Understanding & Retelling a Story (Video)

Melissa Porfirio, a 1st grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School in Springfield, Va., uses academic choice to allow her students to choose how they demonstrate their comprehension of fairy tales. She uses interactive read-alouds and think-pair-share activities to help students identify story elements and work collaboratively to develop critical thinking skills.

December 14, 2016

Modeling Strategy: 'I Do, We Do, You Do' (Video)

Lindsay Young, a high school teacher at Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, Calif., shares how she scaffolds instruction to support English-language learners. She sets students up for success by gradually releasing responsibility to meet the needs of diverse learners through individual and collective learning.

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