21
December
2018

Content Area & PWIM

PWIM (Picture Word Inductive Model) is a great strategy for introducing a unit or reviewing what has been learned in a unit. As a strategy PWIM helps with building academic vocabulary while providing opportunities for students to share their thoughts orally, and be able to experience the content language visually. The versatility of PWIM is […]

04
September
2018

Welcome Back!!!

Welcome back!!! Here a few ideas to help English language learners that may be new to your class, school and community: Give students time to adjust and acclimatize to not only a new language but the routines that may be very different from previous school experiences It is okay (and normal) for a student to […]

10
January
2018

Welcome 2018!!!

Welcome back & Happy New Year!!! Here is a poster with some strategies for working with English Language Learners in the classroom. If you open the poster link, you will be able to connect with the websites on the poster, (I really like the PWIM video!) ELL Poster1

09
March
2017

Ways to help develop English skills for Kindergarten

A question was recently asked: How do families new to Canada get their preschoolers ready for Kindergarten? This brought to mind how often our ELL students often have younger siblings at home who will be entering our schools and will be learning English. Here are a few ideas to for new families that may help […]

23
November
2016

Cultural Differences

How come…? Why…? Sometimes, the why an ELL is not doing the expected behaviour is due to cultural differences. A student might not understand why you want them to look you in the eye or why you want an opinion opposed the “right answer” during a class discussion or a written assignment simply because those […]