You just received your ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Scores! Now What?

Contributed by Audrey Shemesh Let’s go Data Mining! I want to share with you what we are doing in my county and hope that it will be as helpful for you as it has been for me.  I am a K-5 ESL teacher in Western NC. I have just completed my 3rd year in thisContinue reading “You just received your ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Scores! Now What?”

Digital Playlists for Online and Hybrid Instruction

Contributed by Joy Hamm It may be a daunting task for your English Learners and their families to face a new semester (or year) of online learning. One possibility that may help are digital playlists which are versatile for online or hybrid classrooms.   What is a Digital Playlist? This term was carried over from theContinue reading “Digital Playlists for Online and Hybrid Instruction”

Metacognitive Strategies

Contributed by Luisa Palacio Metacognition refers to the act of reflecting about one’s thinking processes. Flavell and Wellmann (1977) define metacognitive strategies (as cited in Herrera, S.G., & Murry, K.G. 2005) as the ability to discern the difficulty of a task, and knowing how and when to use specific strategies. Metacognitive strategies are important forContinue reading “Metacognitive Strategies”

Three Tips For the Student Experience

Contributed by Tori Mazur It took 11 steps to record a video in Seesaw.  That’s what we noticed in 2017 when analyzing what our kindergarten students needed to do (user flow) when using the app in our elementary school digital learning environment.  (Note: app developers consistently make changes to an interface over time so theContinue reading “Three Tips For the Student Experience”


Contributed by Vivian Simmons. David Valente is the writer of an article on online tools and teaching remotely. Valente is the Coordinator of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group. He works for Nord University, in Norway and he is also Editor forContinue reading “TEACHING AND DISTANCE LEARNING”

Digital Learning – Let’s Keep It Safe!

Contributed by Neera Bhat There are many web 2.0 tools that are powerful for teaching and learning. These tools may require above-average tech skills for a teacher and extra monitoring for parents to assure safety in teaching and learning. This blog provides useful tips for the parents and teachers to ensure a safe and meaningfulContinue reading “Digital Learning – Let’s Keep It Safe!”

5 Tips to Support ELs during COVID-19

Contributed by Joy Hamm Whether your district has decided to send packets or Chromebooks home with students, your ELs now face the task of completing content work on their own. Here are some tips to help ELs and their families embrace the challenge. If you are the only EL teacher in your district or serveContinue reading “5 Tips to Support ELs during COVID-19”

Does My English Learner Indeed Have a Disability?

Contributed by Ambar de Mejia  I recently came across a TESOL article by Solange A. Lopes Murphy. She is an associate professor from the College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey. In the article, she talks about learning disabilities and language difficulties. the poignant question is: which one does my student exhibit? It canContinue reading “Does My English Learner Indeed Have a Disability?”

Newcomer Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)

Contributed by Neera Bhat Arriving from different countries, students enroll in US schools throughout the school year. These students have varied educational backgrounds. Some students that enroll are on par with their peers. They adapt and excel in academic achievements; however, some students may have interrupted formal education where they may have missed years ofContinue reading “Newcomer Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)”

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