This week I am talking to Katherine Aguirre- my friend and former teaching partner. Katherine and I are talking about all things related to working with ELL students. Regardless of where you teach, we are all teaching students whose native language is not English. The strategies Katherine shares will be really helpful to any teacher looking to improve their way of teaching and communicating with students.
Katherine also tells us about her experience going to grad school while teaching full time. She encourages us to be lifelong learners and continuing her education through an additional degree is just one way she is continuing to learn, despite all the knowledge she has!
Teaching Our ELL Students Effectively
In today’s episode Katherine starts out by telling us her interesting journey into the classroom. She also shares with us how she manages to teach full tine as well as attend grad school! I am so proud of my friend for sticking to her Masters program during the stress of teaching.
Katherine also shares with us quite a few strategies for teaching our ELL students. She goes into much more detail but here they are quickly listed out- use cooperative learning structures from Kagan, honor the silent period (this is so, so, SO important!) provide visuals for your ELL students, require students to speak in complete sentences and provide sentence stems, preteach the concept, and scaffold your lessons.
These are just a few of the ideas Katherine shares, head to this weeks episode to hear us talk about how we actually implement them!
I’d love for you to listen HERE!! I would also love it if you shared it with a teacher friend by sending it to them, positing it on your social media accounts, or saving it to Pinterest!
Links From The Show
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Our friend Holly who was on Episode #2!
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Until next time,
If you found this helpful, make sure to pin it to your Pinterest board so you can refer back to it or so other teachers can find it!