Category Archive: EAL

Putting Away the Deficit Lens in Culturally Diverse Classrooms

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All students have stories to share. All of them. Our challenge may be to undo what has been done to have students believe they have nothing of value to share.

Wait Time

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There have been many times I have had to hang on to patience, hold my breath, and wait. I have had students that do not hesitate to jump into writing and others, not… Continue reading

Spelling in a Writing Workshop

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The truth… I’d rather not talk about spelling. There are more important things in a writing workshop, than to talk about spelling. Spelling well is a good thing. When we edit what we write, it is profusely important, but it has nothing to do with growing a writer.
When we focus on spelling or grammar correctness, the growing writer becomes stifled.

English Language Development Frames

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When my sister and I were kids, we played Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo. I witnessed her saving the princess at least three times during our summer video game marathons. I watched as… Continue reading

Supporting EAL Students in Writing Workshop

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Eight educators share their expertise to help us understand the way to meet the needs of students who are learning English within the context of writing workshop.