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Top Ten Tips for Working With ESL/ELL Students - TeachersFirst

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Teaching ESL./ELL students in your regular classroom can be a challenge. You feel great empathy for the children who enter your room, bewildered, but you have the rest of the ...more
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Teaching ESL./ELL students in your regular classroom can be a challenge. You feel great empathy for the children who enter your room, bewildered, but you have the rest of the class to think of, too. TeachersFirst offers these Top Ten Tips for Teachers working with ESL/ELL students to help you find appropriate ways to differentiate instruction and make minor adjustments for the individual student and maximize the benefit of having these new students in the class.

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From TeacherFirst, this site is a helpful resource for new ELL teachers, or to pass along to general education teachers who are eager to know how to best assimilate a new ELL student into their classroom. Save the site as a favorite on your desktop to allow easy reference whenever, and pass it along to interested peers!

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English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas - TESOL

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This site has the PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas. Particularly helpful for classroom teachers are sections within the pdf document listed at...more
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This site has the PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas. Particularly helpful for classroom teachers are sections within the pdf document listed at the bottom of the page [click on Preview: PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas (PDF)] It would be most helpful for you to print these out. Page 15 which describes the 5 levels of proficiency for ESL students in public and private schools from preschool through high school. It also describes "Grade Level Clusters" for such students, as well as defining standards for the students in school and academic fields. Pages 20 and 21 which have a chart of appropriate student abilities by language domain (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in the 5 levels of proficiency. Standards for 16 states including Washington DC can be found beginning on page 22. This document requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Save this site as a favorite for easy reference and use it as a measure-point for student progress. This can help teachers track where students are at and should be by the end of the year.
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Create Your Own RAFTS Prompt for Math Class - Writing Fix

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Trying to incorporate writing into your math class? Looking for prompts to use in class or on a gated blog? Use this site to generate the RAFTS prompt for you. ...more
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Trying to incorporate writing into your math class? Looking for prompts to use in class or on a gated blog? Use this site to generate the RAFTS prompt for you. If you do not know or recall what a RAFTS is, the site explains that, too. Here is a hint: Role, Audience, Format, Topic, Strong verb. You could even share this RAFTS generator with your students to create their own!

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Mark this one in Favorites. It is a time saver and really challenges higher order thinking. Gifted or creative students would LOVE generating and answering their own prompts or ceating them for each other

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Pair Your Newcomers with Buddies - Everything ESL: Judie Haynes

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Try this article on using buddies as a helpful strategy for your ESL/ELL students. Specific suggestions wbout what kind of buddy to choose and what buddy rsponsibilitites should be...more
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Try this article on using buddies as a helpful strategy for your ESL/ELL students. Specific suggestions wbout what kind of buddy to choose and what buddy rsponsibilitites should be are very useful. You may want to share some portions of this article with the buddies themselves in secondary-level classes. Don't forget to also read TeachersFirst's Top Ten Tips for Working with ESL/ELL students.

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Be sure to pass this site and information on to peers who are also working with ELL/ESL students. Continuing the strategy across the various classes a student is enrolled in can make it more effective and help ease the transition into an English-speaking school.

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Activities for Newcomers - Everything ESL: Judie Haynes

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K to 12
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Your class is welcoming some ESL/ELL students. Here are some tips for starting out right with newcomers who speak little or no English. The tips include drawing on the resources ...more
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Your class is welcoming some ESL/ELL students. Here are some tips for starting out right with newcomers who speak little or no English. The tips include drawing on the resources of others so you, as the teacher, do not feel you must do everything yourself. Don't forget to also read TeachersFirst's Top Ten Tips for Working with ESL/ELL students.

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ELL teachers, pass this site on to teachers who are also working with new English language learners. It allows them to understand where the student may be at, and the resources they have available if they are unaware.

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Writing in the Mathematics Classroom - Future of Math

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This site, while simple in appearance, is a rich source of teaching ideas for using a blog in your math classroom. There are over 50 different writing prompt ideas, different ...more
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This site, while simple in appearance, is a rich source of teaching ideas for using a blog in your math classroom. There are over 50 different writing prompt ideas, different approaches to getting students to write about math (a MUST for many high-stakes tests nowadays), and innovative suggestions for using digital images or podcasts as part of you math blog. Every term used includes a definition and many have examples to help you envision using the blog.

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Look through these ideas before you launch a math blog or when (if) your ideas run dry. Just rading this site may be enough to push you into trying a blog. Remember that TeachersFirst has the step-by-step information for getting started in our Blogging Basics

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Reading Strategies: Scaffolding Students' Interactions with Texts - Greece (NY) Central School District

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Find resources for teaching and modeling MANY reading strategies in your classroom, including handouts for graphic organizers and vocabulary development, all from this school-district...more
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Find resources for teaching and modeling MANY reading strategies in your classroom, including handouts for graphic organizers and vocabulary development, all from this school-district site. Each strategy is explained and classified as before, during, or after reading and then linked to further information. This is a one-stop shop for teachers in every content area, as well as those reinforcing study skills for learning support students and helping students prepare for standardized testing. Each strategy includes suggestions for how to differentiate instruction, as well.

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Give students links from your teacher web page directly to the graphic organizer they must complete for homework. Then there is no excuse such as having the dog eat it! Files are all Acrobat files, and Acrobat Reader is a free download.
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Blog Basics for the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This comprehensive tutorial gives all the details on using gated blogs safely in the classroom, including explanations of blogging basics, a TeachersFirst Step-by-Step on how to start...more
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This comprehensive tutorial gives all the details on using gated blogs safely in the classroom, including explanations of blogging basics, a TeachersFirst Step-by-Step on how to start one, complete charts of the features of several free blogging tools for teachers, and over two dozen ideas for how to use a blog with your students. Make "writing to learn" approachable and exciting. You will even find a customizable Blogger's Agreement to download and use with students and parents so everyone knows the expectations and consequences for your class blogs.

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You could use this step by step as the framework for a self-directed or "buddy" professional development project. Share it with your principal or professional development coordinator. USe the strategies and ideas here to start a blog for your class or for each student. Don't miss suggestions for a Teacher as Blogger so you can model blogging, too.
 

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Bibliotherapy: Using Children's Books to Address Children's Problems - Steve Barancik

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This simple site includes booklists to help children dealing with difficult situations, such as divorce, death, disabilities, and alcoholism. There are also tips on do's and don'ts...more
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This simple site includes booklists to help children dealing with difficult situations, such as divorce, death, disabilities, and alcoholism. There are also tips on do's and don'ts of using bibliotherapy with children. The booklists themselves may be helpful for a librarian or classroom teacher to make recommendations to students. Guidance counselors will appreciate having a place to go to make recommendations to parents, as well. The site author, though not himself a psychologist, has actually compiled these lists from multiple sources, including reputable libraries and professional groups.

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Share this site with your colleagues and librarian as a reference.

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Workshop: Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences - ThirteenEd Online

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This FREE online workshop for teachers provides understanding of Gardner's Multiple Intelligances and applications for this theory in the classroom. WNET, the New York PBS affiliate,...more
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This FREE online workshop for teachers provides understanding of Gardner's Multiple Intelligances and applications for this theory in the classroom. WNET, the New York PBS affiliate, is the parent comapny for this online teacher workshop project and is known for their consistent high-quality productions. Even the "buzzwords" of M.I. are included and explained, along with practical ideas for real teachers to use.

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Make it your goal for the year to try implementing a multiple intelligences model of instruction and watch your students each find strengths and build new ones.

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Online Quiz Generators - Various

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This helpful tool for all teachers with ESL students provides a template that allows instructors to write quizzes which can be either printed or used from a web page for ...more
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This helpful tool for all teachers with ESL students provides a template that allows instructors to write quizzes which can be either printed or used from a web page for students to take there. The online quizzes are scored immediately so the students benefit from immediate feedback. Examples of quizzes written by other instructors give teachers ideas of how to set up their quizzes. No knowledge of html is required.

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Write quick quizzes to help students review. This is also a great way to help with terminology for ESL students in a content-area subject such as Social Studies or Science. Once you make the quizzes, you have them forever. Consider dividng up the task by delegating different chapters among teachers who teach the same subject.
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Bloggers: A portrait of the internet's new storytellers - PEW Foundation

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The PEW Foundation research (2006) on who is blogging and who is reading the blogs Tells a tale of variety. As you consider blogging for the classroom, this background ...more
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The PEW Foundation research (2006) on who is blogging and who is reading the blogs Tells a tale of variety. As you consider blogging for the classroom, this background may give you ideas for your uses. It can also warns you about the concerns of using blogs as a source in student research. BIas is most certainly an issue. Blogs are, however, the ultimate primary source!

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LearniT: Technology Videos - Nortel

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4 to 12
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For teachers or students who have not had the opportunity to learn technology skills from a real person, these video tutorials can be very helpful. They can also fill in ...more
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For teachers or students who have not had the opportunity to learn technology skills from a real person, these video tutorials can be very helpful. They can also fill in gaps in basic computer knowledge. Topics range from Internet safety and Netiquette to more advanced video production, digital imaging, and web page creation. For your students doing independent projects, for basics before you launch into a full-class technology production, or even for teaching yourself as a teacher, these tutorials are approachable and fairly up-to-date. Make sure you choose the right level(s) for your students, since they may have better skills than you think. You can differentiate easily with the multiple skill levels available. This one takes a longer time to open, so be patient.

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Include this link on your teacher web page or in Favorites in your computer lab or on a classroom machine for students to use as a reference. This can be a great help for students who move in and do not have the same background knowledge as the rest of the class or as a challenge to your techno-whiz or gifted student. These also can make excellent ready-to-go projected tutorials a substitute could show in preparation for an upcoming project.

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Daily Grind - Mr. McNamar

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This site offers one of the more articulate "teacher blogs" - usually interesting, seldom trivial, yet rarely whiny or preachy. Teachers who sometimes yearn for someone who can put...more
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This site offers one of the more articulate "teacher blogs" - usually interesting, seldom trivial, yet rarely whiny or preachy. Teachers who sometimes yearn for someone who can put things back in focus will often find this English teacher's posts helpful. This is an example of a blog for personal, rather than class use, with the intended audience being adults.

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Hurricane Preparedness - National Weather Service

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Designed for National Hurricane Preparedness Week, this site offers extensive resources to help students and their parents plan ahead in case they find themselves in the path of a hurricane....more
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Designed for National Hurricane Preparedness Week, this site offers extensive resources to help students and their parents plan ahead in case they find themselves in the path of a hurricane. There are also extensive descriptions of storm surge, inland flooding, wind damage, and other phenomena associated with these storms.

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If your community is in an area that can be affected by tropical storms, the content in these pages can be invaluable - whether as part of a science, health, or current events class.

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American Sign Language Browser - Michigan State University

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This interactive glossary of thousands of American Sign Language Terms provides students and teachers with QuickTime animations and description of how the words are actually formed....more
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This interactive glossary of thousands of American Sign Language Terms provides students and teachers with QuickTime animations and description of how the words are actually formed. A great visual resource for those needing some practical assistance in communicating with hearing impaired students.

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Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and...more
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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and student needing good quality, educational photos for projects and presentations. Browse by topic or use the site's search feature. Includes a nice collection of related lesson plans, organized by subject.

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Innovation Odyssey - Intel

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Intel's Innovation Odyssey offers a catalog, tool kit, and other resources designed to help teachers use technology more effectively in education. Of course, much of the focus is on...more
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Intel's Innovation Odyssey offers a catalog, tool kit, and other resources designed to help teachers use technology more effectively in education. Of course, much of the focus is on hands-on, project based science education. This is an extensive effort that includes scores of mini-case studies, inservice materials, and teaching tools.

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Staff responsible for integrating technology will find lots of opportunities here, as will teachers interested in participatory classroom projects.
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Field Trip Advice

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Before you schedule that next field trip, spend some time with this helpful site that outlines tips for making the excursion as pain-free as possible. A must for first-timers - ...more
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Before you schedule that next field trip, spend some time with this helpful site that outlines tips for making the excursion as pain-free as possible. A must for first-timers - but even seasoned trekkers can pick up some useful advice. Includes a sample schedule, parent letter, and suggested rules.

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School District Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist - U.S. Health & Human Services Dept.

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While Avian Influenza currently presents no credible threat to humans in North America, this planning guide for school and health professionals outlines steps that might be required...more
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While Avian Influenza currently presents no credible threat to humans in North America, this planning guide for school and health professionals outlines steps that might be required should such a threat turn into an actual pandemic. As such, it might be useful reference to bookmark for possible future use. The various links to facts about avian influenza and its current spread should be of more immediate interest.

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