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

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

10 Teaching Pitfalls

Originally posted on teacherhead.com This is a companion to 10 Teaching Essentials.   In addition to trying to deliver on the 10 Essentials, I’m suggesting that teachers should seek to avoid these pitfalls.  To some extent, the two lists mirror each other – positive and negative ways of expressing the same ideas

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

Bringing Happiness Back to the Classroom

By Joanna Sozio As I was watching a morning news show the other day, the topic was happiness, and the news anchors were interviewing “happiness researchers.“ When asked about the definition of happiness, the researcher replied: “Happiness is the joy we feel growing toward our potential.” This statement resonated with

What Dylan Wiliam Says About Grading Student Work

At the 2019 Formative Assessment National Conference, the expert panel discussion (consisting of formative assessment experts Dylan Wiliam, Susan Brookhart, Jay McTighe, and Tom Guskey) will focus on one very contentious issue: GRADING. If you haven’t registered yet, reserve your spot here. 1. Marking for improvement When grading student work,