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In Order to Better Teach my ELL Students...

I like to think that it is very important to avoid making your ELL feel as if they are an outcast in your classroom. With this said, I hold the belief that a critical method to further educate ELL students is to not eliminate their home language, but rather add to it. I do not think that a language should ever completely be omitted from a child's education. If you were to have a monolingual student that only speaks a foreign language, I do not think it is very beneficial to have the student become monolingual in YOUR language. In my opinion, a bilingual approach would work out much better.

Some ideas I think would be worth considering are:
Learn the language in question (I know this cannot be done all the time but I do think that this is one of the best methods if possible).If you do not have the time to learn the language translation may be a more feasible option.Google Translate is a popular app that I find very easy to use.Adopt assessments to be bilingual.Find ways to include …

Sorry For The Absence!

I have been absent on this blog for quite a while and I just wanted to reach out, so you know I am still active. This Summer was very busy for me; I got a lot of work done, and I enjoyed it as well. A quick recap of the work I completed this Summer: I completed my professional educator’s exam and I also got certified in character education! The course in character education that I completed stems from the KIPP program. You can learn more about the program’s approach to character here: https://www.kipp.org/approach/character/. It is important to keep an open mind as an educator, so eventhough the course that I completed was rooted in research, as research changes a more productive approach may emerge. School has recently started for me yet again, so I will continue to be as busy as can be! Despite this, I will post as much as possible. It is such a great feeling to communicate with you all again.
Just as a small note, I must stress the fact that your comments on my posts are pending my …

Quick Update

Hello everyone! In a post of good faith, I would like to inform you all about a website I am using for some professional development, Coursera.com. This website allows you to take courses and get credentials. Courses are free, unless you would like a certificate, from what I can tell. I cannot testify as to too many details as of yet, I will update you all once I complete my course which is entitled: Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms. The course emphasizes combining academic rigor as well as appropriate character building exercises with students. The course is straightforward but so far I have learned a lot. Courses are backed by credible Universities including Yale and many more.

The sole purpose of this post is to inform the public of this resource. If you desire a certificate that is accepted by local employers please check with them before purchasing anything.