Collaborative discussions have become a part of classroom practice due in large part to CCSS listening and speaking standards as well as skills called for in other state standards. For English learners, it can be quite challenging to think critically about a topic and use academic language to express ideas, summarize another’s points, and pose… Continue reading Student Interaction Gone Awry
With the large and growing numbers of English learners (ELs) in the U.S., my colleagues Deborah Short, MaryEllen Vogt and I set out to develop and test an approach for making grade-level instruction understandable for ELs while at the same time, developing their English proficiency. That was 20 years ago….. Since that time, there have been lots of books… Continue reading Research Evidence for SIOP
Back-to-school is an exciting time for teachers and students alike. I always look forward to the beginning of a new school year, although in the past my own children didn’t always appreciate my enthusiasm! Nonetheless, it is a time of preparation, new beginnings, and anticipation. There is also a certain amount of nervousness involved, especially… Continue reading Creating a Positive Back-to-School Experience for English Learners
Have you ever been at a social event where people are talking about something with which you’re not familiar, like fintech, but you’re a little embarrassed to admit you don’t know what it is? Or worse, when you’re at work and colleagues are using an acronym or educational term that everyone seems to know…except you.… Continue reading English Learner Alphabet Soup
I’ve been around long enough to remember the prominent and divisive debates about bilingual education and whether or not English should be the only language of instruction in U.S. schools. Some of the arguments — both for and against — were as steeped in ideology as they were in fact, but that is often the case with issues… Continue reading The Advantages of Being Bilingual
I was recently invited to give a presentation on effective instruction for English learners at a literacy event. Most of the audience were ESL teachers or coordinators who work with English learners. Once again, I was preaching to the choir. Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy attendees who bring a wealth of experience and have… Continue reading Why Is Professional Development Offered in Silos?
The question seems sort of silly, right? Language frames, also called sentence frames, are commonly recommended and widely used as a way of providing support for English learners in oral discussions and writing. Examples include: I agree with ______________ but would also add _____________________. The reason I think ___________________ is because __________________. While there are… Continue reading Are Language Frames Good for English Learners?
Even though English learners are a large and growing part of the U.S. public school population, there are a number of myths and misconceptions about these students that persist. This blog series will attempt to dispel some of those myths and misconceptions. By the way, the myths are discussed in no particular order. In previous… Continue reading Myths About Teaching English Learners: Third Myth
Even though English learners are a large and growing part of the U.S. public school population, there are a number of myths and misconceptions about these students that persist. This blog series will attempt to dispel some of those myths and misconceptions. By the way, the myths are discussed in no particular order. The first… Continue reading Myths About Teaching English Learners: Second Myth
It is hard to believe that we have reached this milestone – 20 years of SIOP teaching! We never expected, in the early days, that the SIOP Model would be used by more than 425,000 teachers in schools throughout all 50 states in the United States, and in dozens of countries. SIOP has never been… Continue reading 20th Anniversary of SIOP