Category: Vocabulary

What to Do When a New Student Has a Language Barrier

By Scott Sterling Students who speak a language other than English at home are projected to make up a third of the nation’s public school students by the end of the decade. This is a huge demographic shift being felt not only by states like California, Texas, and Florida, but

Writing with Voice

By Mary Shea, co-author of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension Writing is an expressive language process that allows us to record thoughts, feelings, knowledge, and inspirations. That expression can be for ourselves or for an audience. Transforming ideas into written words requires considerable effort, making the message clear and interesting

Time of Wonder

By Mary Shea, co-author of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension Wondering is the mind’s query to itself — questioning observed phenomena, seeking information about the unknown, or solving a problem or puzzle. It’s a natural force that drives learning from the first breath of life. Effective teachers harness this energy

Acclimating English-Language Learners to a New School – Part 2

By Scott Sterling This is the second of a two-part series on helping English-language learners feel more comfortable at a new school. Read Part I here. English language learning students already have an uphill battle in acclimating to a new, unfamiliar, and complicated language, but they also tend to change

Navigating the Common Core Strategies: Inclusion Dos & Do Betters

By Toby J. Karten Walking along the shore, hand in hand, glancing at the horizon, are two protagonists: A student with an IEP An educator who is implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS)   As partners, these two characters—along with colleagues, administrators, legislators, related service providers, families, and peers—comprise a

This School Year’s Best Free or Cheap English/Language Arts Apps

By Scott Sterling This is the continuation of a series for back to school focusing on the best apps that you might want to consider using this school year. The list is limited to apps that don’t require expensive site-wide licenses or subscriptions (although that might be an option for