ELL · language · strategy lessons

Language-Focused Strategy Groups: Supporting Language Learning in Writing Workshop

Do you have ELL students in your classroom? Support their language development within the writing workshop with language-focused strategy groups!

EAL · English as an Additional Language · language · visual thinking strategies · writing workshop

10 Strategies to Help Keep All Students Learning and Growing, Especially EALs

There are many strategies we can use to help us be the best teachers we can be for all of our students, but keeping good strategies in the forefront can be especially helpful for EAL students. By adding some simple strategies, we can also help EALs enjoy rich and meaningful learning experiences in the classroom.

compliment · growth mindset · key beliefs · language · middle school · Reflective Practice · writer identity

The Power of Language Revisited

When it comes to the teaching of writing in a writing workshop, language is everything.  It is through the words we teachers choose that writers are created, built up, encouraged, and inspired.

choice · language · writing workshop

Language to Convey Choice Versus Assignment

There are many things we can't control in the classroom: the amount of time we have, the number of students, the size (and sometimes temperature) of the classroom space. But one thing we can control is the language we use that conveys choice, versus language that conveys assignment.

conferences · conferring · ELL · language · writing workshop

Helping Silent Kids Talk in a Conference

Last week, I had a little brainstorming session with one of my favorite groups of teachers and we came up with a list of tried-and-true teaching moves to help the truly non-talking kids open up a little when it comes time to talk about the work they've been doing.