May 2014 - Minds in Bloom

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Many teachers feel alarmed when a non-English speaking student is assigned to their classrooms. However, there are ways that you can go about supporting this student and making him or her feel welcome. Our guest blogger, a teacher of English language learners (ELLs), shares her top 10 tips for working with these students and helping them start to learn the English language. Get all 10 tips, plus a free resource, inside this blog post!

Deb’s Top 10 Tips When You Are Assigned a Non-English Speaking Student!

Hi there!  My name is Deb Hanson, and I am thrilled to be guest posting today on Rachel’s blog!  I am an ELL (English Language Learner) teacher in Nebraska.  I have taught ELLs in all elementary grade levels and in all stages of language acquisition.  Today, I want to focus on those Level 1 students – often newly arrived immigrants who have lived in the country

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How often do you take the learning outside? Here is a list of games that should be played outdoors, and they can all be adapted to include learning while they're played. Read more in this post!

Games for Bringing the Learning Outside

  It’s hard to stay indoors during these last few days of spring before summer break, but you still have things to teach, and giving your students another recess is not going to fly with your administration. So why not take the learning outdoors? Here are some ideas for meaningful learning while getting your kids moving in the sunshine. For all of these, you will

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