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Champions

This week I was a few chapters into the wonderful book Reading Champs, by Rita Wirtz, reading about dipthongs and consonant blends, when the memories came flooding back; not too clearly, mind you, because I’ll be 7 in June. But clear enough. Reading Rita’s book took me back to an

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

Start with the End User in Mind: Student-Centered Curriculum Design

Originally posted on ellstudents.com One of my teaching mentors, Dr. Martin Haberman, told me sound advice I have never forgotten: “The most effective classroom management is a student-centered curriculum.”  As a former classroom teacher and English Learner specialist, I can say that nothing is truer. Whether I had thirty 6th

Michael Toth in EdWeek: Promote Speaking With ELLs Through ‘Community, Conversations, and Celebrations’

This article was originally published in Education Week We need to think beyond traditional English-language-learner strategies to rethinking the classroom environment for ELLs (and all students) to thrive. The traditional classroom setting—where students are expected to sit quietly in their seats and passively memorize information—is typically ineffective at building academic-language skills in

Michael Toth in Edweek: The Value of Peer Teaching

This excerpt was originally published in Edweek, Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo Blog Michael D. Toth is the author of the award-winning book, Who Moved My Standards, the co-author with David Sousa of Improving Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Learning Through Academic Teaming (forthcoming, 2019), and the co-author with Dr. Robert J. Marzano of The Essentials for