Month: April 2019

What To Do When I Don’t Know What To Do: New Arrivals

Originally posted on ellstudents.com by Kerry Shelke, experienced ESL/Bilingual educator in the US and internationally, is passionate about working with new arrivals.  In this blog, she shares her tips for ensuring these Newcomer ELLs have access to quality education and equity in the classroom.   As an educator, I have spent

Planning Professional Learning for Disciplinary Literacy

Originally posted on the MRA’s Literacy Coaching blog We’ll continue the disciplinary literacy theme of recent blog posts by talking a bit about our own work designing professional learning experiences for teachers related to disciplinary literacy. Since literacy coaches are often called upon to plan and/or lead this type of work—a

10 Teaching Essentials

Originally posted on teacherhead.com This post is a companion to 10 Teaching Pitfalls. In writing this, I’ve been thinking about two sets of teachers. Firstly, I’ve been thinking about various very strong teachers I’ve known, including those who taught me, to consider what ‘essentials’ they might have in common.  (Something I’ve

The Great Demotivator

By Ron Nash, author of In Praise of Foibles As a young and wet-behind-the-ears teacher of teenagers (and not far removed from that condition myself), I often asked questions beginning with, “Who knows the answer to…?” or “Who can tell me…?” Had I asked, “Is anyone listening?” I might have